Amanda Benincasa-Intera {Owner | Graphic + Web Designer | Sewist}

Hi everyone! Welcome to Benincasa Design. I'm Amanda, but you can call me Mandi :) I am a Senior Graphic & Web Designer and have been in the industry since 2010.

What exactly is a Graphic Designer?
A graphic designer is a professional who assembles together images, typography, or motion graphics to create a piece of design primarily for published, printed, or electronic media, such as brochures and advertising.

I personally specialize in stationery and editorial layouts, as well as branding and website design. I have freelanced since 2010 for various clients, and in 2015 I opened an Etsy shop which quickly grew my business and customer base specifically in regards to stationery and gifts.

What is a "Sewist"?
The term "Sewist" combines the words "sew" and "artist", to describe someone who creates sewn works of art, which can include clothing or other items made with sewn elements.

I pour my heart into every item I create. Countless hours are spent researching local suppliers in order to find the highest quality materials - quality and value is SO important to me. Every item I design is made with lots of love!

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.

As far as the scripturally themed stationery & gifts that I create, I like to be as organized as possible for our meetings and volunteer work as Jehovah's Witnesses. 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 have been sewing since April 2020 - I already knew some of the basics that my Nonna (grandmother) showed me when I was little, but the rest has been a ton of research, troubleshooting and practice! I started sewing face masks at the beginning of the pandemic since initially I couldn’t find any “pretty” masks locally, so I decided to make my own! A year later, and I am still greatly enjoying this other aspect of design work.

Here are some other FAQs about me:

  1. I am obsessed with all animals! I have 2 cats (Nutella and Taco) 🐈‍⬛ 🐈 and a Black Moor Goldfish.

  2. I am fuelled by lots of coffee ☕

  3. 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!)

  4. I am Canadian-born with Italian heritage, and my hubby is Filipino.

  5. 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.

xo -mandi

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