We had the good fortune of connecting with Gianne Presa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gianne, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in San Diego, California and raised in the National City and Paradise Hills area. I grew up in a household where my mother and father would slow dance whenever their song came on and I was always immersed in large family gatherings. My grandparents, uncles and aunties on my mother’s side were very involved in my upbringing and although my father’s side of the family live in the Philippines, they never allowed distance to let their love falter. I was and am blessed to have been surrounded by so much love and support. My Filipino roots and family-oriented upbringing taught me to be empathetic, emotionally intelligent and live by expressing who you are through the moments you create. I strive to do all things with love and optimism. Life will tend to throw curveballs your way but I think it’s all about your perception and your approach through action to turn negatives into positives.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My mission with GianneCREATIONS is to create affordable yet stylish and unique goods that embraces and shares the creative process with customers, encouraging customers to take active roles in personalizing their own creations. I specialize in personalized handcrafted gifts and décor ranging from calligraphy/hand lettering on different media, jewelry, home goods, party décor and favors, just to name a few.
My mantra continues to be, “Create what you love with love… It’s as simple as that.” Everything is truly handcrafted with love. All the little details, handwritten notes and level of personalization is what I take pride in most. When customers express their gratitude for bringing their vision to life, it adds so much value to my own personal life.
I’m a mix of OCD with a twist of perfectionism. I’ve learned along the way that you must grow through what you go through. In order to become successful, you don’t need to be perfect… you just need to start. Somewhere along the way, you learn to plan a little better and take calculated risks – listen to your intuition and do things if they align with your vision and your “why.” I believe that you must have an open mind, be flexible, and take opportunities when they feel right.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite places to go as a child was Seaport Village because of the little niche shops, local eateries and best of all… the misty breeze by the bay is so calming. Taking the ferry to Coronado Island to explore on the bayshore bikeway or admire the San Diego skyline is always fun. For a picturesque view, sunset cliffs, point loma lighthouse or Balboa Park never disappoint. For good and unique local eats, I’d recommend the booming art area in Barrio Logan, hitting up the Little Italy Farmer’s market, Liberty Station or the University or Convoy area for a melting pot of Asian cuisine. Mexican food is a must, but I won’t list my go-tos because that’s always a topic of debate for San Diegans. The best thing about San Diego is that you can visit the beach, mountains and desert all in one day if you really wanted to.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother, brother, husband, family and best friends all deserve recognition for their never-ending support and words of encouragement. They have been my guinea pigs, therapists and unofficial consultants who attended a handful of art shows, events and pop-ups with eagerness and without complaint. Thank you for supporting my craft and celebrating the little wins with me.
To my mother, Eunice: Thank you for sharing my passion for creating. Strong and independent, yet nurturing and compassionate; You were an exceptional role model who always encouraged me to create in order to express myself. You always pushed me to work hard to earn things and most importantly, do everything with love and a positive attitude.
To my brother, Jonnel: You are the reason why I am such a perfectionist. I wanted to be another strong role model for you (alongside mom) and always sought for growth and challenging experiences with you in mind. Thank you for your gracious humility and for always supporting me.
To my husband, Brian: Thank you for being my rock, for keeping me grounded and focused through it all, You always believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Also, thank you for not complaining when the creating moved into the living room or onto the dining table and for not judging me for standing on the couch or coffee table while taking photos of flat lays.
I’d also like to give a shoutout to the several women-owned and minority-owned small businesses in the Southbay area in San Diego. This community of cheerleaders and optimism sought to support each other through the Covid-19 pandemic and yall… we’re surviving!
Camila Margotta, Jonnel Videna