…3 drafts and 5 revisions later.
I have this quote up in front of me and well I only seem to notice it when I’m at least done with a few drafts of anything I set out to do; I’m still glad it’s there…
I love challenges, have a Bachelors degree in Computer Arts (majors in Graphic Design), am often seen with my Nikon in hand and have recently taken to paper crafting as a second profession. Also in case you haven’t already noticed, I’m currently obsessed with the color coral!
From an early age and throughout the various phases of my life I have always had a creative outlet. In my childhood I was deeply fascinated with drawing and basic origami; in my teens it was all about weaving and knotting friendship bracelets which led to candle making and on to my experimentation with metal wires, and during my university years I started making wire and bead jewelry for myself and my friends. However, when it was time to choose for my design final year project, I felt myself drawn back to paper and wanted to explore the endless possibilities it possessed. Origami came into play and after a lot of folding, I did a successful brand identity launch for ‘Little Paper Play Thing’, a fun conceptual store that had paper products that were multi-functional in nature.
After my graduation in 2008, I began my design career with a local design firm catering to an international audience. After four years of great exposure and learning I moved on to an INGO as their lead graphic designer.
It was not until 2013, that I was exposed to the paper crafting community in my country and I realized that I had access to branded craft supplies as well. That was when my paper crafting journey began…
In October 2013, I founded The Creative Element and launched with a facebook page. However, the 8-5 life left me no time to craft and soon I felt I needed to quit my day job and so I could spend more time doing what I love. In May 2014, I took the decision and jumped head-first into the wonderful realm of paper crafting. A year and a successful debut exhibition later (in one of the biggest craft shows in the country, The Crafter’s Expo) I haven’t looked back. It has been a learning curve all along the way and will continue to be. I’m no expert and don’t have a hundred projects to my credit unlike other fellow crafters who have been engaged in this journey before me; but I have gained appreciation in this short time and I want to build on that. My recent selection for the first every design team of Pakistan was something that came as a surprise and I look forward to many more wonderful experiences.
Its been quite sometime I had wanted to take up blogging, but wasnt sure which of my creative outlets I wanted to blog about and well it was worth the wait. Now I’m here and its a new beginning. Hppefully here there will be something for everyone, from a novice to an experienced paper crafter, lots of inspiration (I hope) and just fun stuff about me and my life.
I currently reside with my parents and four siblings in Chattar, a beautiful valley up-north of Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. If you’re around the area, do drop by, I would love to have you over :)
Thank you for dropping by!