valentina - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: from valentina

valentina

It’s March. The days are finally getting longer and the sun rays are coming out a little more frequently week by week. For me it’s officially spring when our days in Helsinki are longer than the days in Holland (where I used to live, thus the landmark). We’re really really close now and it’s only a matter of days and we’ve made it again. Still however waiting for the warmth, but until then I’ll just keep my face in the sun and try to soak in every beam.

A new month also means a new interview with one of the talents behind our calendar. Are you ready to meet our illustrator for March? Let’s get to know the lovely Valentina:

heya lovely, Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

I am Valentina, a 19-year old girl from Germany, currently in a phase of my life characterized by lots and lots of questions. What I know is that I love creating things, learning and growing. The next months are going to be highly exciting for me as a lot of questions considering my future (university, home...) are going to be answered.

We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?

Malala Yousafzai is as strong as i can immagine a woman can get. She grew up in the swat village in Afghanistan. At 11 she started writing a blog about how under the taliban girls weren´t allowed to get an education. After being shot in the head on her way to school, she didn´t stop using her voice. Instead she continued to rise it to fight for women´s education until (in 2014 she received Nobel Peace Prize).

Malala has used her experiences and her situation to the advantage of millions of girls worlwide. She is the proof how much can be changed when one single person raises her voice and mostly, that "a woman is stronger than fear". Thinking about her makes me incredibly aware of my privilege and how it is my duty to use it to speak up for human rights and against injustice. 

How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?

Since I was a child drawing, my pens and papers  have been my safe place. It has helped me - not only with relaxing and expressing myself-- but also in countless moments of boredom.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don´t take everything so seriously!!!

What would your dream job be like?

I want to do so much - run a cafe, work with children and disabled people, arrange exhibitions and draw draw draw. Maybe a combination of all of this-by the beach.

List 10 single things that make you happy:

Sitting in cute cafés drinking tea ,
traveling by train,
cinnamon rolls,
running down the beach,
waking up to sunshine, 
spicy food,
kind people,
eating with my family,
children,
riding my bike in the summer
and sunsets

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

To the museums, the cinema or to sleep.

What is a weird habit you have?

I drink 5-10 cups of tea daily.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far?

The end of loneliness by Benedict Wells

3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

The Ooz - King Krule
Someone in the Doorway - Ben Howard
Howling - RyX

The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

I have unfortunately never been out of Europe so that is why my view is really limited. 
So far Delphi and Athens in Greece - the pure nature and cute houses paired with the strong ancient background are a breathtaking combination.

you can read more illustrator interviews here.