What is your creative work?

Sculpting, papercutting, modelmaking

Tell us how you started your business / creative venture?

It really started as a hobby. The characters and pieces I create are really just things that I like or make me happy, and with the resulting positive feedback, I’ve been encouraged to start thinking about mass producing some of my works in order to be able to sell them. So it all comes from a place of passion.

How long have you been doing this? Are there any struggles you want to share?

I’ve been creative since I was young, I think my love of certain crafts really blossomed in art college where I got to learn a multitude of new skills and also really appreciate the unique cultural upbringing I had. From then on I’ve been utilizing these skills to make many different creations, influenced by everything from my Asian heritage to sci-fi movies I’ve loved. Besides the dry spells of motivation that every creative person may experience, one of the more long term struggles I possess is having too many ideas to the point that I am unsure of what to start, and thus end up with a lot of half-finished projects.

What made you choose this route?

I just love bringing ideas to life! It’s like pure magic. I don’t really make anything I’m not genuinely enthusiastic about. I’m just acting on all this excitement I have about the craft.

Share a quote you live by. It can be yours or something else that inspires you!

“Keep moving forward!” from the film Meet The Robinsons

What are some resources that have helped you succeed and would love to recommend to others?

I collect a lot of visual inspiration on Pinterest, and it’s really a rich collection of images on a platform that’s easy for categorizing. In terms of software, Sketchup and AutoCAD have been invaluable tools for my more complicated builds which usually involve planning complicated architectural structures.

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