We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosina Revello and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Like for many of us, my love for expressing myself through art started in my childhood. I was born and raised in Uruguay in a home where fortunately, art and creativity were encouraged and celebrated. Art supplies were always handy around the house, and I enjoyed helping mom with her dolls, dad with his multiple creative projects, while making my own textile collages, or writing poetry. Later on, I did ceramic, paintings for children’s rooms, children’s book illustrations and stories, collages, poetry, interior design…
I do believe in the healing power of art, whatever form it takes (visual, music, photography, films, literature, and the like). There is something purely therapeutic and liberating about the creative process that only by going through it we can experience. Art connects human beings in a nurturing, complex and subtle way because it relates to our emotions which haven’t changed since the beginning of humanity. Otherwise, how can we look, listen to or read a piece of art created centuries or thousands of years ago and still connect with it at an emotional level? It empowers us by improving our self-esteem. It calms us by bringing us back to the present moment. It gives us hope. In my opinion, art and the ability to create are fundamental human needs. Pursuing creative activities have saved me from depression and have given me a sense of balance and belonging: creativity is for me the place where I can be happy and feel alive.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of Crafty Parade, a whimsical Etsy shop that I defined as “A playful gathering of crafts, illustration, and poetry”. I create miniature multimedia sets that combine my illustrations, poems, characters and accessories done with a variety of materials, perfect for kids to play or for grown-ups to enjoy a miniature scene. I will soon add a series of mini textile collages of Frida Kahlo that I’m working on now. My work is also for sale in the gift shop of Museo de las Américas in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.
There is a long road between an idea and a business. I have always felt strong about my ability to create but not so much about everything else that is needed in order to make a profit from it, including networking. I am an introvert so sometimes my inner needs collide with the demands of reality. But even though it wasn’t easy, and I still have many challenges ahead in order to grow my business, when I receive positive feedback from customers or friends about the products that I create with so much love, it is all worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start by visiting the beautiful natural places that the Rocky Mountains have to offer, including small towns like Estes Park. Coming back, we would stop in Boulder for lunch at Mojo, a coffee on Pearl Street and dinner with live music at Caffe Solé. Back in the city, we would visit the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (including IMAX), Museo de las Americas, Littleton Historical Museum, Museum of Outdoor Arts (I love the Alice in Wonderland sculptures). We would go to the Denver Zoo, or Aquarium, Denver Public Library and Denver Botanic Gardens.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my parents and my family, for their unconditional love and support. To Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, for The Little Prince.