The Heroine’s Journey of Nélia Lima

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The thing i love the most in the universe of fashion is the fact of not be monotone. It’s very pleasant to work with a different concepts, shapes, materials and people every day.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

My idea of happiness is feeling good with myself and the world, make what i love and feel free.

What is my greatest fear?

My biggest fear is to stop learning and lose my memory.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Take time to make a decision because this need to be the perfect decision. 

 Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Who came to my mind now is Lauren Bowker. But in general, the people I most admire are people who work very hard to bring our ideas to life.

 What is my greatest extravagance?

I usually do many things at the same time, work and study or learn something new like a music instrument. Thus, my extravagance is to do nothing, just stay at home relax see a movie with popcorn and listen to music.

On what occasion would I lie?

When i need to protect someone i care a lot.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The thing that I dislike the most in my work is making files and everything that are very repetitive.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

The happiest moments are when I’m in the flow, just drawing, choosing patterns and colours. And of course, seeing my work, finally, in the photoshoot is incredible.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

To be less harsh with myself. 

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Work in a team in a responsible way, with passion and in an energetic environment.

Where would I most like to live?

I have lived in different regions of the country in my life, but for now I like living here in the north of Portugal.

What is my most treasured possession?

The thoughts I write in my diary.

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The city park. It is also good for meditation and to run.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

The sushi restaurant Mikado, and maybe a place where I was recently, Ganesh Club 331, where we can eat, drink and dance with good vibes.

What books influenced my life and how?

Some Osho books, they made me think more profoundly about my consciousness, the relations between people and between the world.

Who are my favorite writers?

I love the last book i read, “Becoming” from Michelle Obama.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Definitely something to make me dance and laugh, maybe Good Morning with Donald O’Connor, Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Barbarella with Jane Fonda.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

The people who think further and make a difference in the world, making it moving forward.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Die welle/ The wave.

What role plays art in my life and work?

I studied decorative arts and played with sculpture, textiles, ceramics, serigraphy, painting and other things. Art has always been present in my life since I was a child. My mother has always done many handcrafts, especially in textiles. My grandfather made some tiny cork dolls.

I like to appreciate the beauty of things both in outward appearance and in their depth.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My mom and my friends.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

With some independent fashion designers in Portugal.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

Josep Font.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I’m very excited for start the interviews for my dissertation.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Means pursuit your dreams and never give up even you fail sometimes.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Definitely one of my teachers, Viviane Soares Silva.

How can you contact me?

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