Here’s a reminder: you don’t have to be good at something in order to fully enjoy it. Crafting is a great way to stay creative and active without the pretension of being an actual artist. Here to help you out is Thai crafter Orawee Choedamphai. The owner of the online craft shop Squish-n-Chips, Choedamphai provides quality supplies that include artificial flowers, handmade paper, miniature ceramics and anything in between.
According to Choedamphai, her fascination with arts and crafts began in April 2012, when she made a dinosaur pop-up card for her 3-year-old nephew. She went on to launch her business in July 2012, while still living in Oxford, UK, working from her bedroom and garden shed. Having moved back to her home town in Thailand, she decided to expand this business and added a range of carefully selected craft supplies and handmade hair accessories.
With a background in textile and industrial design, Choedamphai enjoys experimenting with different materials, colors, and textures. “I’ve been making things since I was a child because my mom was always encouraging us,” she shared with the Etsy blog. “Now, I can’t not be making things, so of course, I have lots of supplies in my studio, and after a while, I started selling them along with my own designs.”
Her products, curated by Choedamphai, are chosen for their quality, design, and more importantly—their texture. “I’ve always been drawn to textures and love running my hands over them,” says Choedamphai. “Generally, I won’t use a material if I don’t like how it feels, and I’m very picky.”