At Open Toe Illustration, we embrace the energy and opportunities of working digitally but also love the tactility of surfaces and maintaining physical contact with our creations.
We believe that all good images have the power to influence our feelings with their rhythm and emotional potential.
Images speak to both our minds and souls with explicit or subliminal messages. That’s why we seek uniqueness and imperfection. The challenge is to accept others and feel accepted while improving ourselves and the things around us.
Illustrator & Creative Director of Open Toe Illustration
“My references are fluid and constantly evolving. Stylistically I always felt involved in finding a balance between proposing myself with consistency and renewing myself with freedom.”
The creative mind behind Open Toe is that of Silvana Mariani, a Milan-based designer and illustrator.
Her distinctive approach to color and sign results in simple images with a sophisticated allure.
Her professional approach to work, creative vision, and gentle human touch make her a person you’ll love to work with.
She has collaborated with Marie Claire, Rivista Studio, L’Officiel, Glamour, Myself, Elle, Annabelle, Vogue, Pomellato, Pupa, Missoni, and Bulgari, among others.
Her work has been exhibited in Milan at Palazzo delle Stelline and Museo della Triennale.
She has been awarded an honorable mention for T-shirt design by Fashion Research Italy.
- Signature style
- Unconventional subjects
- Delicate with feelings
- Color vibrations
- Cultural fusion & collision of styles
- Rare is better than done
Mixing contemporary visions with heritage references, Open Toe Illustration creates image collections that are meaningful of our times.
The effortless images convey the sense of surprise and freedom that only imperfections can bring.
Propelled by her Milanese background, Silvana approaches textiles from the point of view of a fashion illustrator, aiming to promote elegance in unconventional ways.
Silvana always finds a personal way to give voice to upcoming trends.