Interviewing Sebastian Alvarez aka Bastiano



Today we are going to discover another artist.I knew him thanks to Flickr and I found his work very interesting, with great design and very ecological.

Sebastian was born in Mendoza, Argentina (like me), and he’s been living around Europe for the last years. I can say in order to the works I have seen, he is a very versatile artist who has

worked with very different techniques and he has very good taste.

But instead of reading my words, we are going to know more about him in this interview.. enjoy it!

Personal information:



My name is Sebastian, I’m from Mendoza, Argentina. I’m 35 years old (I can’t believe it!) and I live in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tell us what you do and when did you started?

I’ve been working with notebooks for less than a year. At the beginning I made one for me, then people who know me, began to order some for them and at the same time they suggested me to sell them on Etsy.

What material do you use?

My notebooks are 100% handmade, I don’t have book binding tools so just a cutter, a ruler, glue and an old second hand sewing machine. I never took any lessons, I learnt whilst making them and looking at how books are made. Papers I use are recycled envelopes that I generally pick up from the University of Linköping, Sweden. For white pages I use a paper made of recycled ones. It is very cheap but very good quality.

Naiste Hääl (Women's Voice)
Naiste Hääl (Women’s Voice)

 Have you always worked with recycled materials? What other crafts have you made?

When I was a child I used to make little bags with rest of leather I found in my house because my parents in their”60’s hippie age” made sandals, belts and bags… Then I made bracelets, rings and necklaces with metal… but my major work in crafts yet is stained-glass / vitraux http://designedglass.blogspot.com, that I worked on in Argentina, Spain and Estonia for a long time. In Sweden this kind of arts crafts has disappeared and nobody knows it which prevented me to keep working with stained-glass/vitraux.

What are you inspired by?



There are other things that are very inspiring to me as old books and other objects, vintage, and everything we can find in an office at any age. Another very important fact for me is that my notebooks not only look old and used but that when you touch them you can have the same feeling as with an old book

What do you enjoy the most in this activity?

I think is the moment of concentration… for me is like an







interaction between mind, material properties and the skills to achieve an organic concept and this is very pleasant for me. If I don’t reach this point they are never as good as I expected to be.

 What are your future expectations?

Green Edge

Green Edge

What I expect for the future is very simple, being able to be auto-sufficient with my craft work as I once made it thanks to vitraux. 



Etsy shop http://bastiano.etsy.com 

Blog (spanish) http://bastianonotebooks.blogspot.com/ 

Indiepublic page http://www.indiepublic.com/profile/SebastianAlvarez

 Photos of my notebooks http://flickr.com/maalo

 Photos of my vitrauxhttp://designedglass.blogspot.com

 Some paintings http://myartspace.com/artistView.do?keyword=Sebastian+Alvarez&sortby=featured

Remember if you want to be featured you can do it contacting me through a comment here or going to my spanish blog http://crearescreer.blogspot.com and sending your info through the form located in the right column. 


4 Responses to “Interviewing Sebastian Alvarez aka Bastiano”

  1. May 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Como me gusta ese RAW!
    Me muero con el trabajo en vidrio de este hombre! Hice un curso hace unos anios y laaaa loco que es dificil…. ver esas ventanas en su website, sabiendo la precision y cuidado que hay que tener, invoca todo mi respeto.
    Que lindos cuadernos…con lo que me gusta el papel.

  2. May 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Very inspiring plus beautiful work in glass and in paper, I love that oldie just fund in a dusty trunk look the notebooks have, Congratulations!!

  3. 3 P8
    May 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Great interview ! I admire Bastiano’s work already for quite some time !

  4. June 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    really interesting interview! these books are beautiful!

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