My name is Vanessa Barragão. I'm Portuguese and native from the south. I was born in a seaside town, Albufeira. Growing up close to my family, with the ocean and nature around me, my thoughts, my vision and passions became inspired by these environments.
Since my childhood I used to develop things with my hands, from sand castles to doll’s cloths. When I started school, I felt in love and obsessed with drawing and there was when, with 6 years old, I realized my passion for handmade and the importance it has for me. Crochet and drawing were the first ways of expression and relaxing I developed unconscientious.
When I got 18 years old, I left the south and moved myself to Lisbon, to start the university under and master degrees. During 6 years I studied fashion design and this was a very important stage in my life. I grew so much as a person and professionally as an artist. I started being more conscious about consumption, ecology and sustainability in my routine and in my projects. When I finished the university, I felt that I would like to explore more about textiles and handmade ancestral processes rather than keep continue in fashion area.
In 2016, I decided to move myself to Porto where the textile industry core is located. I lived here for almost 4 years, spliting my time working as a textile designer in an artisanal rugs' factory and working on my own textile projects. In the last year, living in this city, I focused my efforts on my project, opening my first studio in the city center and starting working as full time on it.
In the beginning of 2020, I decided to get back to my roots. Now, I have my studio in the city where I was born and grew: Albufeira. This way, I feel that I can not only be more connected with myself, but also be closer to the environment that inspires me and to the people I love, my family.