Pat Peralta

Pat Peralta

Creative Craftsperson

When you can’t find the community you need, you create your own. Pat Peralta did just this.

Pat decided to start the business, Soul Flower, with her friend Janina Arias because they discovered there was nowhere else to properly learn leather and metal craft locally. She and Janina wanted to be able to contribute to the survival of these crafts, and also to grow as a creator and an artist. They began the business online in 2010, and five years later, it had grown enough that she and her team decided to open up an eighteen-square-meter studio. Today, Pat laughs as she wonders how they managed to fit their workshop students in that little space. They’ve since moved to a bigger studio, designed in part by her friend and interior designer Daryl Garza.

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When you can’t find the community you need, you create your own. Pat Peralta did just this.

Pat decided to start the business, Soul Flower, with her friend Janina Arias because they discovered there was nowhere else to properly learn leather and metal craft locally. She and Janina wanted to be able to contribute to the survival of these crafts, and also to grow as a creator and an artist. They began the business online in 2010, and five years later, it had grown enough that she and her team decided to open up an eighteen-square-meter studio. Today, Pat laughs as she wonders how they managed to fit their workshop students in that little space. They’ve since moved to a bigger studio, designed in part by her friend and interior designer Daryl Garza.

When you can’t find the community you need, you create your own. Pat Peralta did just this.

Pat decided to start the business, Soul Flower, with her friend Janina Arias because they discovered there was nowhere else to properly learn leather and metal craft locally. She and Janina wanted to be able to contribute to the survival of these crafts, and also to grow as a creator and an artist. They began the business online in 2010, and five years later, it had grown enough that she and her team decided to open up an eighteen-square-meter studio. Today, Pat laughs as she wonders how they managed to fit their workshop students in that little space. They’ve since moved to a bigger studio, designed in part by her friend and interior designer Daryl Garza.

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“Don’t mind the challenge,” she says, by way of advice. “It’s part of everything. Just focus on the good. Go back to your why.”

One of the most difficult obstacles that Pat had to face was the financial aspect of her endeavors. The market for leathercraft and metalcraft is quite a niche, so when she began, Pat didn’t have a lot of capital and had to work slowly towards her goals. She also had to deal with naysayers, and people who didn’t quite believe that she would be able to get the business off the ground. But she worked steadily, and she worked hard. When the times got rough, she let herself lean on her friends and family, and especially her Soul Flower team.

There’s a long way to go, for every part of this: for Pat as a creator and entrepreneur, for Soul Flower as a burgeoning business, for the leather industry in the Philippines as a creative and business endeavor. But Pat takes that all into stride and doesn’t let anything faze her; she constantly wants to learn more and add to her skill set in order to grow as an artist, as a leader in her business, and as someone who helps the communities she is a part of. “Don’t mind the challenge,” she says, by way of advice. “It’s part of everything. Just focus on the good. Go back to your why.” Indeed, it is clear that Pat’s positivity and passion have helped her become the strong, dynamic woman she is today.