notebooks, garlands and paper things

Modena, Italy | 586 Sales


notebooks, garlands and paper things

Modena, Italy 586 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Sorry, it's been quite a while since I've dropped by. I'm afraid archiviogotico will still be closed for a while but you'll know when I'm back :-)

Enjoy the Silence.

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Last updated on Dec 14, 2017

Sorry, it's been quite a while since I've dropped by. I'm afraid archiviogotico will still be closed for a while but you'll know when I'm back :-)

Enjoy the Silence.

Please take a little time to read my shop policies:



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the two-dimensional world of archiviogotico

Archiviogotico started by chance and probably in a very unromantic manner. I may have been grumbling at the traffic lights or gazing absent-mindedly at my computer monitor at work. Thinking “What am I doing here?” or “Could I possibly do something else?”

There is a bit of background though.
I’ve always liked paper. When I was small, my father worked in a printing factory and brought home lots of paper. My sister and I liked drawing because it was fun and cheap. Once Dad brought an encyclopaedia home. A huge faux-leather bounded book with something in French printed in gold on the front. The book was empty. Hundreds and hundreds of empty pages. We never wrote on it. Too marvellous and too precious. That also reminds me of the catalogue of hot stamping foils, another of my dad’s finds from work. A collection of multi-colour, silver, gold, copper and brass stamping foil samples. We never used those either but just looked at them because they were colour-coded and so cool.

I still draw and my drawings are two-dimensional (best drawings are of the rainproof man and of The pressure relief valve). I like writing short stories and they’re two-dimensional too. So two-dimensional is my element and archiviogotico has basically got two dimensions.

The third dimension is themes. I got the theme obsession when I was a DJ in a local indie radio. I did theme-based radio programmes with songs all about a single subject, it could be tea and toast or a book by E.M. Forster.

The themes give my creations an identity and a place to feel at home in. Finding a theme is one of the parts that I like best. I like telling a story about my creations.

Do you know that Edith Piaf quote? “Use your faults, use your defects, then you’ll be a star”? Well, I don’t want to be a star but I’ve realised that I don’t want too much inspiration from other creative people. It makes me think that my stuff isn’t good enough. And I don’t want to spend months and months on a project. It’s not me. I like finishing things in a reasonably short time otherwise I get lost somewhere and never finish it. You have to come to terms with your limitations and your upsidedown potential. I call it ‘involution’. I have often thought that these were faults but they’re not. We are all different.

I have no training in computer graphics (with the exception of what I have acquired at work), printing or book-binding. So there is a lot of improvisation. It’s fun because you often have to find the longer way to reach a certain result. But it is not always an asset.

To tell the truth, I have no specific training in anything…

1. Using only recycled material for archiviogotico.
2. Growing my own fruit and veg and learning how to cook properly so my children will no longer find my meals funny.
3. Walking more and driving less.
4. Learning how to use an electric screwdriver and to mend my broken plugs.
5. Being less messy and having a wonderfully organised studio so that I don’t have to rummage through several boxes before I find what I’m looking for.
6. Finding a little house with a little garden where I can live with my son and daughter, my sister and her daughter, my cat and my sister’s three cats.
7. I wouldn’t mind combing my hair every now and again.

Shop members

  • Fabiola

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    When the dog bites, when the bees stings, when I'm feeling sad. I simply remember my favourite things and then I don't feel so bad!

  • Dante & Emma


Shop policies

Last updated on January 21, 2017
archivioGotico offers vintage inspired handmade paper goods.

Archiviogotico is - unfortunately - not my first job so I'm not particularly fast when it comes to preparing orders, this means that for the time being I will only be selling ready to ship items.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I am willing to discuss and settle any issue concerning items you do not appreciate.
Returns: the cost of returning me items you do not appreciate would be much higher than the cost of the item itself! As explained above, please send me a convo and I will see what I can do!
Before posting negative feedback, please contact me!
Payment by paypal upon placing order.
Items are shipped neatly packaged in a bubble mailer by priority mail.
Priority mail is the cheapest mailing option but offers no tracking number.
If you prefer registered mail, which can be tracked, please let me know and I will alter the shipping charges accordingly!
After placing your order, I will ship within ten days. I am a rather slow worker. If you have special 'time-related' requirements, please send me a convo!
International shipping time is not easy to establish. Shipping from Italy to Europe generally takes around a week or 10 days. Shipping overseas may take much longer!
Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
I’m afraid that I cannot be held responsible for items damaged during transit or for items that have been lost but please read on....
Additional policies and FAQs
Can you handle wholesale orders? No, not yet. If you have a special requirement, send me a convo and I'll see if it can be done!
Do you smoke? Yes, I unfortunately do. I don't smoke while I'm making or packaging items but I do smoke before, after and in between (not inside my house but on the landing). I do wash my hands after smoking but if you're particularly sensitive, please ask me to be more careful! Maybe one day, I will stop (hopefully).