Alfamarama

Simple gifts with a sense of humour

London, United Kingdom · 5865 Sales

Alfamarama

Simple gifts with a sense of humour

London, United Kingdom 5865 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Notebooks, planners, prints, cards, mugs, badges, tote bags!
Lots of gift ideas with a sense of humour!
Just get in touch if you can't find what you want of should you have any questions.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alfamarama
Instagram: http://instagram.com/alfamarama
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alfamarama
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/alfamarama
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/t4cT5

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Last updated on Feb 20, 2017

Notebooks, planners, prints, cards, mugs, badges, tote bags!
Lots of gift ideas with a sense of humour!
Just get in touch if you can't find what you want of should you have any questions.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alfamarama
Instagram: http://instagram.com/alfamarama
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alfamarama
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/alfamarama
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/t4cT5

Pedro Vieira

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Pedro Vieira

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About

Alfamarama, the story.

Welcome to Alfamarama !

After years working in architecture offices, I was tired of the long process of dealing with the clients, the budget, the contractor, the legal aspects, the engineers, the planning permissions, etc. On top of that, the end result hardly ever resembled the original ideas.

I had always wanted to design and sell my own things so I decided to start by designing some souvenirs of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighbourhood. That's where the name Alfamarama actually comes from: a panorama of Alfama with a modern twist.

During my first longer period in London I retrained as a graphic designer and Alfamarama launched online on June the 1st 2012 selling my mug designs, inspired by Alfama's patterns, shapes and colours. But by then I was already based in London (not a great place to sell souvenirs of Lisbon...), Lisbon was suddenly flooded with souvenir shops and mugs were also difficult to carry around and expensive to ship. I definitely needed a plan B.

After a couple of screen printing courses and while enjoying London's vibrant energy I decided to have a go at printing some notebooks with sentences that had been in the back of my mind. I printed the first notebooks at Putney School of Art and then at East London Printmakers. The reactions were so positive that I decided to stop printing mugs and focus on new notebook designs and quotes. It all came as a bit of a surprise as I never really thought so many people actually would want to buy these very simple hand printed notebooks.

These days I carry my screen printing stencils around with me and print at home, and ship from wherever I am. (This reminds me the pictures above could do with a bit of updating!)

I have now introduced a new line of quotes in Portuguese that somehow reconnect Alfamarama with its original roots. New ideas are always evolving and I am always working on new products and lines so keep an eye on Alfamarama on Facebook, Instagram, etc. to receive news and updates.

Watching Alfamarama growing slowly but steadily has been a fantastic and exciting journey and I feel grateful for all the achievements and for all those who have helped!

Always fell free to ask, comment or just say hi, I do hope to hear from you sometime!

Pedro


www.alfamarama.etsy.com

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  • Pedro Vieira

    Owner, Designer, Curator

    Hi, my name is Pedro. I am an architect/designer from Portugal. I live between London and Lisbon, while enjoying screen printing, craft fairs, interesting people, new places, beautiful things, long walks and probably too much delicious food!...

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