Meet Sabrina Folcia of ‘The Rabbit Hole.’ She lives in Milan and when she’s not working as a psychologist, she creates delightful designs and patterns. Her mandalas are so beautiful, you’ll be entranced by them.
Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?
I live in Milan, Italy. Design is my hobby, because I have a full-time job as a psychologist. I work for a social cooperative providing help to immigrants, especially women victims of human trafficking. Apart design, in my spare time I run a blog (scubidu.me) where I post creative projects, including the products sold on Zazzle. I also love reading and watching movies, but my passions are meditation and mindfulness. I like to think that all these things are deeply connected and every one of them makes all the others possible. The funniest thing about myself is that I started to draw two years ago, when I turned 42! I always thought that almost everything is possible if you believe it, and I believed it…
Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home?
I draw whenever I have time and space, but my favorite place is a desk full of pen holders and drawers, where I can find anything I need. I have two faithful friends: a black marker to draw on paper and a laptop. I would be lost without them.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
I’m self-taught. I always liked to draw and create, but I decided to become a psychologist. For many years, almost 30, I focused on concrete aims, such as getting a degree and finding a job, but at a certain point I felt the need to give my creative side a chance to express itself. I began by drawing doodles, then I specialized in mandalas and finally, I created Banni & Co., a white bunny and its friends. I never thought that drawing could be so important to me. From the moment I began to draw, I couldn’t stop. It makes me feel well in a way that I didn’t think possible.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I find inspiration in nature. I love drawing floral doodles and funny animals. Flowers, leaves and animals are my first source of inspiration. I also feel inspired by the infinite possibility given by mandalas; drawing and coloring mandalas is one of the most relaxing activities I’ve ever experienced.
When do you feel your most creative? Your least?
There some days when I have no time at all for creation: these are the days when I feel the most the need to draw. I can say that the less I draw, the more I need it.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
My favorite products to design on Zazzle are T-shirts and tank tops, calendars, mugs, pen cases and bags.
What was the very first Zazzle product you sold?
The very first Zazzle product that I sold was a neoprene laptop sleeve with a grunge style picture of heels. It was a picture taken by me in a department store in Milan, while shopping with a friend of mine.
What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
Do your best! And be passionate because Zazzle is a great way to show your products and it gives you the chance to be known all over the world.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
One of my dreams is to have the chance to make a living making my creations.