"Creativity and insight almost always involve an experience of acute pattern recognition: the eureka moment in which we perceive the interconnection between disparate concepts or ideas to reveal something new."

- Jason Silva

Hi, I'm Mel!

My journey started in 2011 when I began chef school. I loved cooking, working with my hands, and designing, so at that time, I thought it would be the perfect occupation. I opened a bakery alongside a friend, only to realize that cooking was a hobby and not the profession I wanted for me. 

I was on a trip with my family five years later to London. We were at the Victoria and Albert Museum when I spotted an exhibition on the history of shoes. As I walked through it in marvel, I started to get goosebumps. That was my Ureka moment; I wanted to design shoes.  As soon as I came back home, fate having a hand, a friend asked me to go with her to a Shoes and Bags talk, and of course, I said yes. Three months later, I was enrolled in The European Institute of Design’s One Year Shoe and Bag course in São Paulo, Brazil. 

As I completed the course, I discovered a passion for bag design. I was a woman who hated wearing bags. Why? Because none of them suited my needs. As my capstone project, I designed a leather bag that would fit everything modern women need daily, including a thermic compartment. This bag won first place in the  Prêmio Feira Francal Top de Estilismo. To me, this was confirmation that I was in the right place. 

After opening, Féder, a thriving Shoe and Bag Brand in São Paulo, Brazil, I wanted to expand my product design skills. I transferred to Parsons in August 2022 as a Product Design Major. 

I currently enjoy research-based design, have a creative approach to problem-solving, and am dependable, detail-oriented, always energetic, and eager to learn new skills. Food is still a large part of my work, developing various products that engage with it.

My website is divided into two parts: course projects and Féder. The projects showcased were explicitly chosen to demonstrate my curiosities and skill set.

Design is a constant learning process that I love. I can't wait to share more fantastic work with you. Keep an eye out for my ever-changing and developing new work.