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Meet Isabella Valentina of Second Messenger Studio in Whittier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabella Valentina.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Isabella. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2016, I started Second Messenger Studio. My background is in graphic design where a lot of my time was spent in front of a computer. I decided to change up the routine and learn a new skill so I enrolled in my first screen printing class. While in school I realized I really liked the tactile experience of printmaking, while also having a creative outlet to make work for myself. Second Messenger Studio has really become a space for me to experiment, explore new ideas and get my hands dirty.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Just like anything, there have certainly been many struggles along the way. When I graduated from university, I really struggled to find my voice as a designer. I wanted to find a meaningful job but I entered a competitive workforce and it was hard to find any work. It was a really frustrating time, but between interviews and the little freelance work I was able to find, I started creating my own products. At first, it started off as a way to show studios what I can make, but I ended up investing more time and energy into the designs and I was eventually able open up Second Messenger Studio!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Second Messenger Studio is an independent brand featuring a rotating range of patches, pins, and prints. These products are inspired by good luck, positive affirmations and a good old time! As a company, nothing makes us prouder than seeing our items worn out in the wild!

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I had a lot of energy and an incredibly active imagination. I would wake up really early walk around our neighborhood and at night I would stay up late coloring in my mom’s vintage coloring books. I always had a strong interest in art, and I was lucky to have a family that allowed me to explore design and art at a really young age.

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