{the interview series} ALLE Studio

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

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Esta semana trago-vos uma ilustradora e crafter italiana que gosta de experimentar e aplicar o seu trabalho a vários suportes. Lisa Vassalle começou por estudar design, mas encontrou no desenho a sua verdadeira paixão e decidiu criar o ALLE Studio para lhe dar asas. Leiam mais sobre ela e fiquem a conhecer melhr o seu trabalho!

This week I bring you an Italian illustrator and crafter that enjoys experimenting and applying her work to many different media. Lisa Vassalle started to study design, but found in drawing her true biggest passion and decided to create ALLE Studio to give it wings. Read more about her and get to know her work!

Lisa Vassalle | ALLE studio

1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Lisa Vassalle. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in a small Tuscan town between the sea and the mountains. I studied product design and graphic art. It was a long time before I could find my way. Now, I'm illustrator and crafter.

2. You studied Graphic Art and Product Design and now work as a freelance illustrator and crafter. How and when was this creative passion born?
I studied design with a lot of passion, but I didn't feel completely at ease. I have drawn since I was a kid, but always was afraid of not being good enough to make this work. But I feel good when drawing, I feel alive. So, I decided to practice with rigor every day to refine my style.

3. What made you create ALLE Studio and why is it called like that?
I created ALLE studio when I opened my shop online. I needed four letters, so I wrote the last letters of my last name and I liked the combination with my logo very much!

4. In your illustrations you combine geometry and some intriguing human characters - how are these compositions born? What inspires you? Share your creative process with us.
In fact, I'm leaving geometrics. I feel the need to sweeten my characters and bring them to life in new scenarios that are delicate and fabulous. Below is a taste.

5. Which mediums do you enjoy using in your illustration work, both physical and digital ones? Why?
I feel the need to touch the soul of paper. Feel alive. For this reason, I’ve decided to abandon digital art to return to graphite, pencil, watercolor, tubes of paint. Every day I will work hard, experimenting with my new approach to illustration.

6. You take your illustrations to the next level, creating wearable objects such as necklaces or tote bags, which I specially love. Do you have ideas for new applications for the future?
I would like to create books and small books painted by me.

7. What is creating for you: a profession, a passion, a necessity, a life style or a hobby?
All these things, but first of all it is a necessity...

8. Your online presence lets the whole world know about your work. What means do you use to promote it?
I use my blog, Pinterest, facebook, tumbr, cargo colletive…

9. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
I wake up at 8:30, I eat a yogurt. After breakfast I answer the mail, I turn a good music and I start my work up to an indefinite time!

10. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
My work space is in a small house in the garden of my house, sometimes it's ordered and others untidy but very stimulating. I love my studio!

11. Share your passions and hobbies with us.
I love traveling, walking, reading, drawing and eating olives!

12. You live in the town of Viareggio in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. Tell us about what you love most in the place where you live. Would you like to live anywhere else one day?
In my town I love the sea, the forest and the possibility to reach the mountains in just 30 minutes! I like the quiet and relaxed life. I love to walk by the sea or in the woods.
I lived in London for a while. Big cities are very exciting but I couldn’t live there forever!

13. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
1920, between femininity and charleston.
14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become an illustrator?
I can't give much advice because I'm only at the beginning, but I think that practicing every day, reading up, trying new ideas, attending workshops and believing in what you're doing are ideal recipes to become an illustrator...

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
I'm working to enrich my portfolio. I would like to illustrate my fairy tale and… find a publisher! Soon I will publish an online journal where I talk about all the experiences that I'm living in the illustration's world, tips and tutorials!
Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!
Tell us one:

book: Sophie's world, by Jostein Gaarder (it's magic!!)
music: Red Russian
movie: Amelie
personality/artist: Joanna Concejo
color: grey, white and green
object: cup
animal: parrot, dog and monkey
drink: water and wine
food: olives, cheese and salami
season of the year: autumn
travel destination: Finland and Ireland
piece of clothing: length skirt
secret: talking to myself!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us, Lisa!


  1. I am enjoying this in-depth interview!
    Lisa's illustrations are very dreamy and fantasy-like. And she applies it in so many ways. Well done!

  2. this interview is beautiful enjoy it very much, thanks for allowing me to meet a great illustrator, kisses!


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