The season of delicious food, twinkling lights and gift-giving is nearly upon us. But deciding what to buy for that special someone can be a headache. Which is why I’m delighted to offer an exclusive art bundle. It consists of one of my pen art drawings together with a gorgeous handmade flower by my good friend Susi Riva – who has never sold her unique products online before! There are several options available – a large, medium and small print together with a one-of-a-kind Susi Riva poppy.
Like me, Susi Riva is Italian and based in the Netherlands. Also like me, she loves creativity. A book binder by profession, she has always loved nature and paper. When she was younger she would make gorgeous little origami presents to give as gifts and that talent has blossomed into something really quite unique and special.
This uniqueness has come thanks to her work as an Assistant Conservator at the National Archive. In the archive (where I also work), we use a special acid-free, light blue paper to protect the ancient documents. This type of material is used in most archives and museums around the world and helps preserve ancient paper from air pollution and moisture. Susi started collecting off-cuts from this paper to create gorgeous flowers. Her initial inspiration had been the work of Tiffanie Turner but Susi’s work soon took on its own unique character and style.
Unique pieces makes the perfect gift
Susi initially gifted friends and colleagues small flowers but, as her craftsmanship and confidence grew, she has decided to start selling them for the first time on https://manuelabianco.com/shop/ . The exclusive art bundle is a choice of one of my ballpoint pen artwork together with one of Susi’s light blue poppies.
From tight little acorns on a branch to rose-like blooms, her work is stunningly original and the perfect compliment to my ballpoint pen drawings. You can see a selection of her work on her Instagram page: @laboratoriocarta. And her gorgeous work is perfectly captured by her talented daughter @gingerandthewolf.
Reach out today if you’re interested in purchasing one of Susi Riva’s blue poppies and a choice of one of three of my Manuela Bianco prints. They would make a unique home decor gift for a friend (or a treat for yourself!)