Hi! Thank you for your interest in my work.
My name is Ana, I’m a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and content creator from Lisbon, Portugal. I draw, paint, play, write, embroider and knit from my studio in the beautiful Príncipe Real area. I’m also the co-founder and owner of abbrigate*, my brand of handmade baby blankets.
My passion is to tell stories of the people and the places around me, both at home and on my travels.
When I’m working, I strive to bring clarity to my clients through powerful visual artwork. Using the tools of visual design, art and illustration, I help my clients convey their message in a clear and beautiful way.
I am also a fierce advocate of creating beauty around us, and I love making things with my hands and teaching others to do the same.
I work with:
small startups and medium sized businesses who need an expert to translate their message into a visual language;
large NGOs who need help explaining visually what they do;
publications in need of powerful art for their pages;
individuals who want to communicate visually, and need a designer to help strategize and execute their vision;
individuals who want to create beauty around them and don’t know where to start.
Is that you? Get in touch or read more.
I am an introvert (who appears to be extrovert!) who loves to connect meaningfully with people. I have lived in three different continents and six different countries, which makes it easier for me to understand you and your needs, and bring you the best results. I am an avid learner, and I won’t stop researching until I fully understand your message. I love making things and creating beauty with my hands, giving my clients a unique solution crafted specifically for their needs.
If you want to take a peek behind the scenes and access all the free content I have for my community, please sign up below. You will find back issues of my illustrated e-zine We’re in Panama!, later titled airing from Lisbon, as well as a free illustration and many embroidery tutorials.
My lovely clients at the Magnolia Inn have said the following about working with me:
By the way, I loved working with them too! And the same is true about working with Maria João, who says:
I have had the privilege of seeing my work featured:
in the Portuguese national weekly Expresso, where I talked about my love for sketching.
in Uppercase Magazine, from Canada. You can read about it here, here and here. Or my guest post, where I share a personal story of how craft and creativity helped me integrate in my new communities when living abroad
in July 2014, the air Embroidery Club was featured in an article in Flow Magazine.
in February 2014, the nice folks over at Projeto Lida posted a long conversation with me.
in October 2012 I had the privilege to be featured in an article on Betrend about new embroidery.
in September 2012 I was featured in “On the Side Project”, a blog about entrepreneurs. You can read the full text here.