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Dawn Phua's Collection + Interview

What do you work as?
Day: Events and public communications. After hours: Crafter

What do you do for love /passionate about

I have been really passionate about crafting since I was 5. I remembered my mum sending me to the Community Centre near our home for school holiday craft classes and I really loved it. Crafting seemed like second nature to me and I would spend my free time making things out of toilet rolls and other scrap materials I could find in the house. 

During my teenage years, I started to pick up different types of popular handicraft like cross stitch, origami etc. And in the last few years, I progressed to bear making and recently completed a clay craft instructor course.

In 2006 I started helping friends with craft work for their weddings out of interest. And thanks to them for believing in my works, my "portfolio" grew. With their encouragement, I started Dawnut's Factory in 2010. 3 years on, we are no big timers but am glad to be able to share my works and meet people who appreciate my craft :)

Describe yourself in 3 words or sentences

Decided to post this difficult question to my bff and she said 'awesome, very-awesome, awesomest" hahaha not much help I guess. 

I think these 3 words pretty much describe me: Creative, Confident & Cheery.

What makes you happy
Very simply hanging out with family and friends. I love having house parties where I can cook and bake for a nice cosy time with people who are dear to me. And I also enjoy catching up with my gfs over a cuppa. Sipping teas and eating desserts makes me very happy too!

How many countries/places have you visited and which had the most influence/impact in your life

Was never quite a travel bug until my good friend asked me along to join her family for a trip to UK in 2007 to visit her relatives because she wanted a gf as her travel buddy. I just started out in the corporate world then and the air ticket cost me 3/4 of a month's salary. But I thought why not? since I had my lodging covered for most part of the trip thanks to my friend's really hospitable relatives and well I have never been out of Asia. 

I am so glad I went. In the past, travelling for me was shopping, shopping and more shopping. A chance to visit London and Scotland then made me fall in love with those old architecture, gardens and lovely cafes that I started to learn how to enjoy the experience of being in a foreign land rather than scurrying around to complete the tourist attractions check-list. 

It was also from that trip that I told myself that I should just do what I want to do (if it is within my means) especially when I don't have major commitments like a mortgage or kids so that I will not have any regrets in future when those things come along. After all, you only live once. So live life to the fullest!

Why do you wear Hadasity

Have always loved vintage accessories and pretty much all things vintage. And I like to wear unique stuff because I want to be different and I don't want someone else to have the same thing! **selfish** hahah :p Hadasity pieces are handmade works of art that are classy and outstanding. I am in love with the statement pieces especially because they are flashy but wearable. As a crafter myself, I really appreciate having something that is handmade.

As my collection grew, my friends got more and more intrigued and they actually keep tabs of new additions to my collection! And happy to say that some of them have since jumped onto the bandwagon :)

I've always felt that so many of the ladies that wear and love Hadasity have a creative spark in them and a love for design and the arts, and are positively HAPPY people! Dawn is one of those amazing, beautiful and confident women that I have come to know and appreciate. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU Dawn for this ( interview, pictures ) and everything !!

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