“SisterWorks is the support that I need to practice English, to show my arts, meet people and build my new network of contacts.”
My name is Flavia Zara, and I am from Brazil. I have one son. He is 12. My family and I visited Australia in 2010, and in December of 2013 we settled in Melbourne. We came here to get out of our comfort zone, to have a better quality of life, and to have security for my family.
Initially, there were challenges: my English was just basic, I didn’t have any friends, we had little money, and I didn’t have a job. In Brazil, I had worked many years with technology, and I was a computer, arts, and meditation teacher for five years. Now I teach Portuguese to children five hours a week.
I prefer to make crafts out of recycled material. I crochet with plastic bags: coin purses, carpets, and placemats. I also make dream-catchers out of magazines, mandalas out of old CDs . . . many things! My passion for crafts began during my childhood, when I watched my grandfather make fishing nets. My grandmother taught me to crochet and knit. I learned to sew with my mother. My aunt transformed glass bottles into beautiful goblets. Making crafts heals my soul.
I met Luz in 2014 on Facebook, through a Brazilian woman. When I’m at the SisterWorks labs I feel happy and helpful, and I feel that I can develop my own business—and help others, too. SisterWorks has also encouraged me to speak without being ashamed if I speak incorrectly.
My dream is to teach young people and adults to make crafts using recyclable material. I believe SisterWorks is the door to the path I want to follow, because the project has professionals who know Australia, and who mainly speak fluent English. SisterWorks is the support that I need to practice English, to show my arts, meet people and build my new network of contacts.
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