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My name is Rafaela but I also get called Raf, Raffy and Rafa. I'm an artist, designer, cleaner, gardener , b&b host, Swedish vintage seller & architectural designer living in Edinburgh. 


My parents were working in Bolivia when I was born - hence my not very Scottish name! I have lived in Sheffield, London and a small city called Umeå in the north of Sweden.


For the last few years I have struggled with problems in both of my hands. The surprise gift has been an invitation to step off the architectural highway and explore other creative paths. One of these adventures was a year painting at Leith School of Art where I won the Friends of Leith School of Art 2020 prize.


This website is a collection of my paintings and other projects. I like to make work that gives me a kind of visual excitement while capturing something 'real' or 'honest' about my experience of the world.


If you'd like to see what I'm up to architecturally please visit 

If you are interested in the Swedish vintage please visit my Etsy shop that I co-run called SKATADesign.

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