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I have been in the Graphic Design industry since 2010 and received my certification in 2013. I specialize in custom stationery and editorial layouts, as well as branding. I currently work as an Intermediate Bilingual Graphic Designer for a local company, but I still like to create other products on my own time, which is what you see here on my website! I opened an Etsy shop in 2015, but in 2020 decided that having, creating and maintaining my own website is much more suited to my brand.
I pour my heart into every item I create. Countless hours are spent researching local suppliers in order to find the highest quality materials so that every item I sell is up to par - quality and value is SO important to me. Every item I design is made with so much thought and love! I'm so excited to now also be able to create products for you through my sub-brand, Handmade by Mandi.
Background – Benincasa Design:
My maiden name, Benincasa, translates to "good in home", so "Benincasa Design" represents the designs that I create in my own design studio & home. I have freelanced as well as worked permanently for various companies as Graphic Designer since 2010 (you can learn more about some of those projects here).
As far as the stationery and accessories that I sell, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I like to try to be as organized as possible for our meetings and volunteer work. I always dreamed of having my own stationery line, so I decided to make it happen! I have some absolutely wonderful repeat customers (and friends!) and I look forward to creating my stationery and gift items each year with them in mind.
Background – Handmade by Mandi:
I never thought I would see the day when I would veer from designing graphics, to creating handmade items! I have been sewing since April 2020 - I already knew some of the basics that my Nonna (grandma) showed me when I was little, but the rest has been a ton of research, practice and troubleshooting. I started sewing face masks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic since initially I couldn’t find any “fashion” masks locally, so I decided to make my own! Now as I branch off into this new sub-brand, Handmade by Mandi, I am greatly enjoying this other aspect of creating / design work. It might not be on the computer like what I’m used to, but I’m so glad I decided to try something new that's practical too.
Here are some other FAQs about me:
- I am obsessed with all animals! I have 2 cats (Nutella and Taco) and a Black Moor Goldfish.
- I am fuelled by lots and lots of coffee
- My go-to home decor colour scheme is anything black or grey, which is very different than what you see in my designs! Most of my home is monochromatic, with the occasional pop of my favourite colours chartreuse and aqua (right on brand)
- I am Canadian-born with Italian heritage, and my hubby is Filipino
- I played classical piano most of my life, and a bit of acoustic guitar. I've always been drawn to anything creative whether it's art or music
Your support, whether it’s following and liking posts on my Instagram page @benincasadesign, making a purchase and leaving an honest review, or telling your friends and family about my shop means so very much to me. Feel free to send me a message in the box below at any time, I would love to chat!
–Mandi Lee Benincasa-Intera