Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Q&A with our giveaway
Why did you choose your business name?
When I first started, my business is my own name "HuiyiTan". I just thought my name is quite unique, if I use that as my business name, no one will mix it with anything else. When choosing the name for my facebook fan page, I used "BehindTheShowcase". The reason is that I am a very shy person, who is not good speaking in public. I enjoy working/ hiding behind the showcase and let my work speak for me. Recently I also use it as my business name. Obviously, I want to hide my name as well, lol!
What have you most enjoyed in your career so far?
Being able to design and make what I like and sell them is the most enjoyable thing in my career so far :)
Have you had any major highlights, personal or business in the last few years?
I have a few.
The first one is in the summer of 2003, about two months after I finished my bachelor degree in environmental design, I decided to change my major to jewellery design. Since that, I've never looked back.
The second one is in the summer of 2009 when I sold my first piece of jewellery online. That is the beginning of my handmade business journey.
The most recent one is about 2.5 months ago, I made a set of pencil jewellery for the countess of Faber-Castell. She wore the jewellery to attend an event in March this year in Melbourne, Australia. This is a great encouragment for me :)
What inspires or motivates you?
Being myself. Whenever I design and make a piece of jewellery, I will ask myself if no one likes it, will I love to wear it myself? If the answer is yes, then I will be confident to present it to my audience. If not, it's not going to work.
..and lastly tell me one thing about yourself that you love but has nothing to do with business.
At the moment, I am working 40 hours a week as an interior designer and devote all the rest of my time after 9-5 to my jewellery. There is no holiday or TV time for me for the past 3 years. So I would love to have my own workshop and be able to run my jewellery business all day long. I am working very hard towards this next step and planning to do that soon. After that, I would love to have an assistant to help my administration work. I have so many ideas about my jewellery and haven't got enough time to make all of them. I feel very excited for the future, everyday is a gift :)