Birds in folklore: the magpie

I am passionate about legends and folklore. In every place I go, I always look for local legends but I have also begun to be interested in beliefs related to some animals. I have found many about the birds that inspired me. For this illustration I was inspired by the belief that the sighting of…

Paper toy: Easter chick

In this Easter, where we are all inside our shell, I hope you can find a little serenity, of things you like and love. I hope you can use this time to think about things that really matter to you and remember them when we can go out. In addition to the wishes here is…

Paper toys for free download

I love to create simple and fun paper toys! I like to challenge myself to think about how to make a paper animal with few 3D shapes. Here you can find the the contemplative koala, the climbing koala, and the little pig (don’t worry, he isn’t always so moody!) You can print it and assemble…

Folk tale: the “giorni della merla”

In Italy, the last days of January are called “Giorni della merla”, the “hen blackbird days”.⁣ A folk tale tells that in ancient times blackbirds were white. In a cold winter, there was a family of blackbirds hidden from the icy weather in their nest. At the end of the month, the hen blackbird jumped…

Folktale week: Crown

In the mountains of the Germanasca Valley, 2400 m a.s.l., lies the plateau of the so-called Tredici Laghi (“thirteen lakes”). One of these is called Lago dell’Uomo (“man’s lake”) and a legend explains why. It’s said that a prince, passing by, saw a beautiful nymph on a piece of ice in the middle of the…

Folktale week: Key

It’s said that in the Germanasca Valley – in the Northwest of Italy – lived a family in which the two daughters-in-law and mother-in-law couldn’t agree on almost anything. The two girls were terrible slackers and it was said that the spirits had taken advantage of all that discord to get into their business.One day,…

Folktale week: darkness

One day, in the mountains of Val Troncea (in Piedmont, in the Northwest of Italy) Count Trucchetti was ascending, accompanied by his minstrel, when, in an opening between the rocks, he saw a beautiful fairy. He fell hopelessly in love and followed her into the darkness of the cave where she lived, and swore eternal…

Folktale Week: smoke

It’s said that in Val Pellice, in the Italian Piedmont Alps, no one could succeed in bringing water to the houses of the Roussenc hamlet. One evening, the inhabitants were gathered in the stable, when a stranger entered and promised to bring the water to the village before the crowing of the cock in exchange…