interview: Maria Vettese

PORT2PORT press…

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I went talking with Maria Vettese from Port2Port and first of all I must say I discovered a very good person, very talented and full of personality and individuality! Maria the founder of port2port press, a letterpress printing business, that today is a success!

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Coxi: why “port2port”?

Maria: port2port is referring to my blog. i started it with a dear friend
Anika {known on the blog as “arc”} in april of 2005 and she lives in
one port town, i live in another. we live on separate coasts in the US
so that became … port2port. when i started the business it just
seemed natural to call it after the blog since my blogging is really
what started me even thinking about having a handmade craft business.

Coxi: How did you first become aware of and become interested in Art?

Maria: i became aware of art in my 2nd year in college. i did not go to
college thinking of art at all! i was planning to go into English and
writing but it just didn’t happen that way. i think in life you can do
a certain amount of planning but lots of things are just left up to
chance. my drifting into art classes certainly was.

Coxi: How would you describe your style of art?

Maria: elegant, simple, understated.

Coxi: Do you have any other job?

Maria: i do some graphic design as well for clients here in my area. i used to
do a lot more but since the business started taking off i have had less

Coxi: Do you consider that being an artist is a difficult job to handle?

Maria: indeed! like any job you have your days where you just don’t know if
what you are contributing toward society is worth anything at all. i
think it’s a part of life but most certainly a part of being an artist.
self doubt is always there as you make your creations and it is in
pushing through that that you find your best moments!

Coxi: What would you be if not an artist?

Maria: i would own a flower shop that also carried little treasures or a café
where i could get to know the regulars and serve my baked goodies.

Coxi: Describe a typical job day?

Maria: i get up early and am to work in my studio room by 7am. i usually
linger on a walk in the afternoon and finish up by 5pm. some days i
just do computer work and work in preparing designs or working on other
kinds of backend things. other days i print for 3-5 hours of the day.
those are the days i love … my hands are dirty and i’m making art!
it’s so fun.

Coxi: What’s your bible?

Maria: i love Pure Style by Jane Cumberbatch. it is just beautiful and i look
at it all of the time to get my juices flowing.

Coxi: What do you do when you are stuck on a particular piece of work?

Maria: leave it or just do it.
i can’t overthink the work i do. i can only do so much planning and
then i just wing it. i find that that is the best way for me to work
and to not doubt myself. either leave the work there and come back; or
just power through.

Coxi: What can’t you live without?

Maria: dark chocolate!!!!

Coxi: What inspires you?

Maria: people. people and what they do, what they don’t do, what they make,
how they talk, what they say, how the photograph, what they eat ……
and why we are all here walking the earth bumping into one another and
making beautiful moments.

Coxi: What’s your favorite designer/artist?

Maria: there are so many who i am adoring. karin eriksson
{} is a huge inspiration to me. and i get
lots of inspiration from my blogging friends & flickr. i am wild about
being a part of the online community.

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I must say thank you to Maria for her colaboration with Life Fever, and for her great answers wich will be inspiring for many people!

Photos: All from mav | port2port press´

Read it in French

4 Responses to “interview: Maria Vettese”

  1. hippyxic Says:

    que espectáculo!!!!adorei a ideia e a entrevista simpática de uma pessoa tão talentosa como a Maria…Parabéns Coxi!! quero mais!! :))

  2. maria Says:

    you are so sweet to include me in your lovely blog. thank you coxi!!! x mav

  3. stuffed Says:

    Cool interview. 🙂

  4. Anabel Says:

    Hi!!Congratulations for you blog!!

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