Flanzella

These prints were made for talkin' | Analog Collage Art

Toronto, Canada

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An Interview With Flanzella

Q: Tell me about your art pre-pandemic, and how it evolved in the thick of Covid-19?

I felt very motivated to use the time positively, and I think boredom sometimes helps you do the best things.

Although I love my normal life—I think the ‘isolation’ was a great opportunity not many people get in their mid-20s. It’s almost like an early retirement to really invest in yourself, and the first thing I did wascreate. I wouldn’t have been able tocommit to my Etsy without all the extra time quarantine gave me.

Q: What motivates you, or makes you want to create in general?

It’s funny, my friend said this, but I don’t think we have a choice sometimes; it’s just kind of a way of expressing yourself and getting true with yourself. It’s a lot about emotions.

Q: I feel a lot of people making art are focused on the outcome, but you are very process-oriented – any advice to artists from that lens?

Every piece was fueled by passion you know, and me just being like “I want to collage” (laughs) and figuring it out from there. So I wasn’t sure if other people would like my artworks; there’s some that I don’t really like that other people will say, “this is the best thing ever!”

So if anything, I’ve learned to not judge the art—let it speak for itself—see what people like (and don’t like), take notes from that, and move on with the practice to see how it forms later on.

Q: It’s interesting because I feel like a lot of artists get trapped in wanting to be a certain way, emulate a certain reputation, and that trips them up. But it seems you just gotta operate from the inside, get what you get, and that's okay because you’ll evolve as you keep going—be, do, see what happens, and continue with your learnings.

Totally—that’s an important takeaway for all artists no matter the medium.

Q: Speaking of putting boundaries up, I remember you saying “I’m more the entrepreneurial kind of artist than an academic one.” Can you elaborate?

A lot of people ask me where I went to school for collage and I’m like, “Why would I ever have to go to school for that? And it’s interesting because my friends with more entrepreneurial roots say the same things as me, like, “It’s unique because you weren’t told how to do something, so you’re kind of figuring out your own way, doing what works for you. And there may be a “professional way” of doing things, but then maybe you’d have those boundaries because people have told you what you can and cannot do, versus I just went at it.

I did go to university, but I don’t think it’s a tell-tale sign of what you need and what you can do. I think applicable knowledge and motivation are king – do whatever you can. If you stop yourself because you don’t have ‘the skills’ then practice every day, eventually you’ll be able to do it yourself. With painting, I went to some high school classes but mostly watched a bunch of Youtube videos. I did that for collage too. I’ve never paid for any online class. I’ll go through online resources then figure it out myself – it’s the same for my DIY projects, picking up those weird little skills. You’re a human, you can learn, so don’t limit yourself by things like “Oh I can’t write a book I’ve never done it!” Start small and work your way up.

Q: Why do you think people have those boundaries and reservations?

I think it stems from a fear of failure. If you don’t have your failures and learn lessons from it, what’s the point? Putting up walls immediately from failure never helped anyone. People are fearful from, “What if I don’t get good results” or ‘What if I do get good results and then my life has to change.”

It’s a crazy world and you have to go with the flow; you don’t really have control over those things. But if you put good things into the world then good things will happen, even if it takes 10 years it’ll still happen.

I was always criticized when I was younger for being in the arts and being ‘dumber’ than those who were in the academic fields of math, sciences, business, etc. I built up the skills that were necessary but I didn’t need to be ‘academic’ to succeed in life.

If what’s true to you is there, but you’re fighting against it, you won’t get there. If you follow your dreams, then you’ll get there (I’m sounding like a Disney princess). If you follow what your heart tells you to do and you don’t limit yourself, you’ll get everything you want in life…with hard work.

Q: Great points. Anything else you want to add?

I’m definitely a tough lover (we laugh). But it’s also how you get places. You can’t just tell yourself you can’t do something. You are your own biggest fan and internalizing negativity will not help you or your community. Validate yourself first and others will follow.


Interview by Elle He, @elle.he

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Custom and personalised orders

Yes, I can create custom artwork to the size you need of any of my pieces seen on my Instagram (@Flanzella). Most of the collages can be blown up to just over 3 feet without suffering in quality.

Care instructions

For best quality, leave art print in the plastic seal until you are framing the pieces. Once framed (fits well in IKEA frames), a spot not in direct sunlight will ensure this print will last a lifetime!