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Meet Mary Cinque

For today’s Open Call, please meet Italian artist Mary Cinque. Mary is a really creative artist who’s very into recycling and reusing – something we’re big on too at AA HQ! Mary produces a lot of her sketches and illustrations on magazine pages, for a really cool layered image. If you’d like your own Mary Cinque art print, take a look at her website. She also does commissioned portraits, if you want a truly customised piece.

How did you come up with the idea for your magazine page artwork?

I started using magazine pages to reduce waste, but then I looked at these drawings and realised that the things I had sketched and the story on the magazine (ads, editorial, article) talk to each other.

It is a random encounter but the conversation that comes out is always interesting, as is true of most of the things that casually happen. They talk of high and low art, of haute couture and pret-a-porter, of important and less important arts, of how you can put all these labels on every aspect of human life and how these labels are quite useless. It was too interesting for me to abandon, so I carried on with the idea!

What led you to start your own business?

I suppose it was just my love for art, and my desire to share it with the entire world. I know what I like and I like things done my own way, so I had to start my own business! That way I can take care of everything, not just creating the artwork, but also my communication and sales too.

What has been most difficult?

At first it wasn’t easy to find information about a lot of the admin and finance side of the business – particularly taxes. A lot of useful information can be found online though, including retail classes for start-ups.

How do you get your work seen by customers or retailers?

I’m online a lot with Etsy, my Facebook shop, and Tumblr, and I work with retailers on the Amalfi Coast and in Naples. There are also some great projects like SFD by Jsign and Bin, which discover and promote independent local design.

Any advice to people starting out?

Never be afraid! And keep a handle on your taxes…

What has been most successful about the business?

For me the biggest success has been the network of contacts and relationships I’ve built. It’s also been the most amazing opportunity to get to know passionate people.

Find Mary online at

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