Tell us something about yourself?
I am Parita, the designer and creator behind all handmade cards and crafts from The Craft Humpy. Previously, I was a wedding designer creating unique packages for loving couples but I now work full-time as an administrative officer whilst running my craft business part-time. This has allowed me to never give up on following my dreams on creating something beautiful for others.
What are your sources of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the happiness of my childhood. Thinking of the beautiful moments when I was in my hometown, surrounded by people I love, all who encouraged me to create delightful-handmade crafts. I want to keep that feeling and share the joy of my childhood with everyone that received my crafts.
Since I was a child, I have had a passion for researching and looking at photos of beautiful decorations, scenery and design. Flipping design magazines has turned to surfing the internet for photos every day, which I use to create my own photo collage book that is a great resources for my new creations.
Where and when did you learn your craft? Who taught you?
I learned to make crafts from my favorite primary school teacher in Thailand. She is smart, respectful and inspirational. She taught me all basic skills in sewing, creating patterns, paper crafts, flower arrangement and paintings. I always spent my time after school making decorations for school events. It was an enjoyable experience and now craft making brings back good memories from my hometown and my childhood.
Aside from your craft, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy travelling with family and friends. One of our traveling plans are usually included visiting local markets, exhibitions and museums. Looking at what other people create gives me good inspiration and ideas to improve my own work. Also, being away gives me a bit of time to refresh my thought and mind to be ready to create better products for people to enjoy.
What piece of advice can you give to other artists?
Doing what you love is great but the most important thing is your persistence will prove your true success. Many projects that I have started is because of my love and passion, however persistence is what make me continue to work on it every day until finish.
What are your plans for the future?
I am going to expand my handmade product lines next year including craft supplies for DIY gifs, baby showers and wedding decorations. There are upcoming projects such as customized baby banners, a variety of handmade cards for all occasions and bigger collections of Christmas tree ornaments.
I am eager to join more craft markets to meet my potential customers physically as well as virtually maintain relationship with them on my online stores. If you see me at a market, please don’t be shy and come and say “Hello humpy.”
The Craft Humpty will be at the Dreamers Market on November 18.
The Riverside Theaters, Parramatta.