These are exciting times for crafters in Hong Kong! We at HmHK love to hear about what’s going on with the scene, and are very happy to spread the good news about new initiatives. Today’s blog interview is with Christina, Joanne and Shirley: the brains behind SweetP. Haven’t heard about it yet? Read on, and then go check them out! We particularly love catching a glimpse into the dynamics that individuals with different backgrounds and interests bring to creative teams. Enjoy!
HmHK: Tell us about SweetP – how would you describe it to someone if you only had a minute to chat?
SweetP is a platform for us to share our inspiration and creativity in the areas of entertaining, crafting and baking! We love doing things ourselves so why not share how we do them with others, we thought.
There’s a burgeoning D.I.Y. community in Hong Kong and we’re here to support it and make it even more accessible to the melting pot of people in Hong Kong.
HmHK: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
CC – I wanted to be a Fashion Reporter. I used to watch Style With Elsa Klensch on CNN and told myself that I wanted to be her one day. As I interned at different companies, and explored my options further, I ended up in TV/ Entertainment then found my passion and career in Event Planning.
JG – I never had a specific dream vocation per se when I was a child, but I have always really enjoyed doing arts and crafts. I still remember as a child, I used to do all sorts of arts and crafts for fun! I’d come up with my own cartoon characters and draw little stories. I’ve made countless drawings and cards for my family, slaved over origami books to make intricate paper flowers and lanterns (failed attempts galore!), hundreds of cranes, stars and hearts, made clothes for by Barbie dolls, made magnets using glitter glue and stickers, filled my notebooks with doodles and drawings, the list goes on and on.
SK- I wanted to be a lot of different things but one thing I wanted to be the most was a fashion designer. I actually drew sketches of designs I had in my mind when I was in primary school, as if I was a real fashion designer.
HmHK: Did you go to University, If so, what did you study?
CC – Yes, I studied Political Science with an emphasis on Campaign Management.
JG – This one usually comes as a shocker – I am a Master in Chemical Engineering
SK- At first I majored in finance but switched major to computer science and Japanese in my freshman year.
HmHK: What is your personal favourite craft? And how did you learn it?
CC – I love working with paper/cards/beads. At a young age, my grandmother, who was Japanese educated used to teach me how to fold origami and from there, I grew more and more interested in the endless things you can make with paper! Beading and jewelry making was just a hobby that I developed from loving to accessorize! I learned the craft from books, videos and literally dissecting my own pieces of jewelry that I bought.
JG – I enjoy drawings and illustrations the most. Like most kids, I have taken art classes when I was young, but that’s about it. I believe some skills, you are simply born and blessed with.
SK – This would have to be decorating cupcakes and cookies. This interest started when my daughter was born. I wanted to bake something cute for her every month. I have never taken any classes before. I learned everything online. Youtube has a lot of tutorials.
HmHK: What inspires you?
We do spend quite a bit of time browsing the web for ideas (Sweetpirations!), and being submerged in a materials supplies store, be it a baking tools store, a ribbons shop, or a local stationary store, also gives us countless “ah-ha!” moments. What really inspires us is what we see in this world around us day in day out. The key to inspiration is to keep an open mind and keen eyes on every day objects around us. Inspiration is everywhere we look.
HmHK: What are your thoughts on our city in relation to creativity?
Children in Hong Kong tend to have very busy schedules after school. They either meet their tutors or take other classes. There isn’t a lot of time for them to make use of their creativity. There are some great arts and crafts stores in Hong Kong but they’re located in different pockets of the city. Sham Shui Po is a great resource for craft supplies but again, it does take time to get there and to browse the countless stores along the streets.
HmHK wishes you all the best SweetP!