• Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Freedom

     

    We're going through a period of waiting... waiting to know when we can hug again, when cities will reopen their doors and we will see smiles instead of masks again, when we can travel freely through Brazil and the world or just stay at home because we want to be there.

  • Letters from a traveller | #12

    Closer than ever!
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    São Paulo, 02 de maio de 2020.  At the beginning of the #fiqueemcasa spent a few days thinking about what it would be like. How to reorganize life within limits that did not previously exist, or rather that did not limit my movement? How can we deal with the work that had barely begun with the Kaupüna village of the Mehinako ethnic group in the Xingu? How would I, who always say that I was not born into the virtual world, that I love to embrace, feel, look in the eye, would be able to perceive the world and people without this closeness? 

  • Letters from a traveller | #10

    From the Xingu to the other side of the ocean - Geneva and WIPO
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    In my most sleepy dreams I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to present Yankatu's work in Geneva and that he would be so well received. It thrills to see the foreign eyes shining and the smiles opening as they come across the artisanal wealth of Brazil.

    What makes me even happier was that the invitation to participate in the exhibition Social Entrepreneurship – Identity and Local Knowledge came because Yankatu was seen as a    whole, from the relationship with the artisan, to the way she develops the projects, the quality and beauty of the works presented and also how the relationships that are born from there remain alive even over  the years.  An example of this continuity is represented by the ceramic work of the beloved  Deuzani, artisan of the Jequitinhonha Valley with whom I worked for the first time in 2017,and who today participates in the Fruit BowlTraditions, along with the straw braid of the  urucureá community, which was the basis of the 2019 project and the inspiration for the Alma-Raiz collection presented in the exhibition.

  • Letters from a traveller | #9

    The Xingu, the Mehinaku and I
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    "If I write what I feel, it's because I lower the fever of feeling.  What I confess doesn't matter. I make landscapes of what I feel. I take a vacation from the sensations. I understand the embroidery for sorrows and those that make socks because there is life."

    Fernando Pessoa

  • Letters from a traveller | #8

    Carimbó and Kaupuna trip
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Wow, you know that sometimes I don't believe that I make up so many things at the same time and even more that I can handle all of them! Create and develop the pieces of the Carimbó Series, think and put up the expography, choose food, drinks and the most important, a show of Carimbó. I'm exhausted, but also very, very happy to have achieved the goal of not only making an exhibition and launching pieces that highlight Brazilian handicrafts, but also creating a cultural event that overflowed with joy and Brazilian identity.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Letters from a traveller | #8

    Hello!

    I already missed writing! I think this growing desire that I feel to share what I think, live and feel!
     
    Do you know that sometimes I don't believe how much I invent at the same time and that I can handle everything ?!

  • Letters from a traveller | #6

    All together and mixed up
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    There is so much to tell that I don't even know where to start, so I decided to warn in the title that it is quite possible that I get lost several times throughout the text, because as I told you, I don’t review the text before I send it since I wanti it to go straight from my heart to yours.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
  • Letters from a traveller | #5

    Knowledge - Kwasawá
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Akwawa kwasawa usému se suí.            I know the knowledge came from me.

     

    We usually think that to travel we need to take a plane, a car, a boat or anything that makes us go from one place to another, but there are actually many ways we can travel and they include trips to the past, into ourselves, through books, dreams and imagination. The knowledge gained from our travels, whatever it may be, is ours, ours alone, for each of us travels, feels and sees in an unique way.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Alma-Raiz and Pará's braided tucumã straw

    Freedom and lightness are two constants in my life that I won’t give up.
    Maturing is not simple, but reaching 50 has many positive points and I
    believe this is one of them.

  • Letters from a traveller | #3

    Urucureá + Alma-raíz
    Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Hey, how is everything out there?

     

    Here I am in the countdown to the launch of the next collection in August. We need to check so many details that sometimes we get lost! This week I needed to write about the pieces and that's when I stopped to look back and redo the route that began in July last year, when I desperately needed a vacation and decided to go to the Amazon, which is where I meet and strengthen myself.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Wow, it has been almost a month since I wrote my first letter to you! I have to say that I was very, very happy with the answers I received, full of affection and desire to hear more stories.  I had to restrain myself not to leave writing immediately :)

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Huni Kuin arts and crafts

    Weaving is something I love, so you can imagine how stunned I was to
    witness the traditional Huni Kuin handloom in the very heart of the
    Amazon Rainforest.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Daniela Karam
  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Wow, it was just blinking and we're already practically halfway through 2019! Interesting to think that this phrase is a recurring, year in and year out we always think it passed fast and we hadn’t done a lot of things. That's why this year I started thinking "what story I would like to tell", so this perception becomes lighter, because even if the story was not exactly the one we planned, there was a story for sure, and with it we will reap fruit and inspire someone.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Maria Helena Emediato
  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Marcelo Oséas and the natural dyeing
  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Journey - Alter do Chão

    In a mix of vacations with work, when I went to meet Urucureá, in July, I chose to stay in Alter do Chão, which is approximately two hours by boat from there. I'm in love with
    trips and I like to stay in more cozy places, where we are seen as people and not just guests, you know?

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Zana Maria

    Pure charm!
    Her work goes beyond the yo-yo, it's yo-yo as a particle, it's art and soul.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Sergio Cabral

    Everyone who knows him always describes him as a totally pattern-free person, out of the box, surprising, unexpected, and so on, so I decided to look at him in another way and discovered a sweet and...

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Clarice Borian

    Clarice Borian, a free soul! I think this is one of the best ways to describe
    her.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Marcelo Oséas

    Marcelo Oséas, photographer with a sensitive soul, who captures much more than
    images with your lenses. His gaze goes further, meets the human being for behind the image, the emotion behind the moment, the truth behind the context.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    How can one not be enchanted by the smile and spontaneity of the master craftsman sculptor Expedito Jonas de Jesus? Expedito makes it seem easy to create beautiful sculptures in soapstone without even making a drawing before. For him it is as simple as that: he spends some time staring at the stone until he sees within it what it wants to be, then he uses only his chisel to remove the fragments that don't belong to it and brings out of the stone voluptuous women, cherubs, flowers, lions, elephants and whatever else his sensibility may suggest.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    D. Lilia Fonseca was responsible for rescuing an old tradition that was almost disappearing in the city of Tiradentes (MG), the act of putting a cross on the houses' doors of the houses to be blessed in the passage of May 3rd, when the Catholic Church recalls and celebrates the day St. Helena found the Holy Cross of Christ.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    The table set with cheese breads, cakes and puddings, the aroma of fresh coffee, the sound of cheerful conversation, the skillful hands embroidering colored designs on the white fabrics, this was how I met D. Maria Conceição de Paula, an artisan who coordinates, with her sweet speech, a group of women embroiderers - the Artistas do Bairro, in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Waguinho and the Brass

    Waguinho, Wagner Trindade's son, is one of the most intense people I've ever met. Intense in a good way, his anxiety comes from the will to learn and seize everything that is possible. It was so during the immersions of the 1st Creative Week of Tiradentes in 2017, when I met him, and it will be like this forever, I think. Every time I meet him he is waiting for me full of ideas and pieces to show, to exchange, to share.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Tiradentes is a city that keeps part of the Brazilian history, walking through its streets of stones is like slide through the pages of a beautiful book, especially at dawn when the cars have not yet entered the center and we find ourselves practically alone surrounded by the São José hill and a breathtaking architectural set, registered by SPHAN (Service of National Historical and Artistic Heritage).

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Great partners - Zolt & Casa Costillas
  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Home with a Brazilian Soul
  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Deuzani, poems from Jequitinhonha's Valley

    Deuzani and I are going to New York!

     

    We couldn’t imagine that this will happen when we first met. Who would have thought that tight embrace would be the beginning of an incredible partnership and a friendship for life.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    The Art of Carving

    Rondinelly Santos, (photo by João Bertholini), better known as Nelinho, transforms the wood into art through his hands. Using gouges and chisels creates scrolls, vines of acanthus leaves and flower wreaths with an ease that make us lose our breath. I had the opportunity to meet him during the immersions of the FIRST CREATIVE WEEK OF TIRADENTES (Minas Gerais, 2017), and I could not let him go anymore!

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Encounters - Simone Quintas

    Over the past few years I have realized that the more we find meaning in the we do, the more we find wonderful people along the way who share with us the same dreams and ideals.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    Now that I have told you what I consider to be a house with soul and I showed you some of my projects where I take this very seriously, I decided to tell you a little about places where I try to connect with nature to recharge my energy, places that are not sources of inspiration for Yankatu’s collections but are sources of inspiration for my life. I thought it would be worth sharing with you!

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Design, art, crafts and emotion

    I wanted to show you one more house with a lot of soul, where the most important was that the decoration made sense to the residents and every detail had a story to tell. It was a very nice project to do at the time with my dear friend and architect Ariane Quaglia Cristiano.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

    One of the things I like about my job is that to do it, you need to have empathy, either with the client or with the artisan (and in my case with the suppliers too!). This type of relationship makes you create bonds of trust and friendship that I take with me for life, as you can notice by the Russian doll and the old trunk that appears in the previous post.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Gabi's enchanted attic

    One project that I am still passionate about was an attic that ended up turning into a subject at Casa Claudia in December 2006 by the hands of dear Mayra Navarro, "the enchanted attic of Gabi." The client wanted to bring some of her hometown to the house where she lived in Sao Paulo without spending much. The space once occupied by a boiler and a water tank gave way to a hall where Gabi, daughter of the couple, played and where the family hosted the visitors.

  • Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado
    Home with soul
    Home with soul

    Today I realize that the importance of the soul, of this transparency and this will to be who we really are, has always been a constant in my work and in my life.