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FLAVIA YOUNG

Pessoa is my Brazilian surname, which means “person” in English, and like every person, each Pessoa piece is unique.

I am originally from Belo Horizonte the capital city of Minas Gerais, which is a beautiful region set in the mountains of southeast Brazil, known for its farms, gold mines, and precious stones. However, for the past twenty years I have made the Northern Beaches of Sydney my new home.

Growing up in Minas Gerais, I was consistently inspired by the culture and the renowned artisanal products created in the city. This was one of the major influences that sparked my passion for creating handcrafts, as well as my beautiful grandmother. I have such fond memories of her, the gentle sound of her sewing machine and being taught various skills such as how to crochet a string rug.

During my travels, I would always seek to find the most interesting local stores and places where I could meet and get to know fellow craftspeople. This has also significantly inspired me when using various colours and textures throughout all my pieces.

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There was always something so special about gifting a pessoa filled with so much love, energy and passion to someone dear to my heart, that I wanted to share this experience with everyone.

Initially when I would create these pieces for my family and friends and gift it to them, it would bring me so much joy and happiness, which was also a leading factor in encouraging me to create and build the brand Pessoa. There was always something so special about gifting a pessoa filled with so much love, energy and passion to someone dear to my heart, that I wanted to share this experience with everyone.
Previously whilst at a workshop, another attendee said, “Craft is long, life is short”, which made me laugh as I completely resonated to this, as I too become so absorbed and lost in the creative process. I have made a variety of products over the years, including mosaics, needlework, and screen-printing. However, I have based the Pessoa brand on leather goods and bags in particular, as I love the freedom it gives me to experiment with colours, fabrics, textures and patterns.