Estella of ESTELLADROZZ is a quirky figure , almost as quirky as her vibrant art works. We met her in the local market circuit , and we attest there’s no one else like her. She makes and creates all kind of quirky wares which we can’t get enough of. Today she opens up and tells us what really goes on behind the scenes.
What is your craft / business about ?
I am a maker…I love working with my hands, less with the computer. My work is the result of my tactile and compulsive tendencies. Formally trained as a Painting major from the Rhode Island School of Design in the States… I make ‘serious paintings’ and illustrations. I work on adhoc design projects and with commercial clients to create customized art for interior spaces.
What makes it unique and interesting?
There are very few painters in Singapore…most of my friends and in law or medicine. It’s a really unpredictable career path but it’s exciting at the same time; each day is different. It’s a very solo and inward practice, you get to spend a lot of time with yourself and your thoughts. (both scary and great at the same time) I think the rush from art-making is one of my favourite feelings in the world.
What is your inspiration behind your craft/business?
I am inspired by the music I’m listening to- evident in my use of rhythmic pattern and shapes. I attend live concerts frequently, and I am always listening to music while working. Most recently I’ve been obsessing over the latest Sufjan Stevens album, ‘Carrie & Lowell’. I am also inspired by travel, day-to-day encounters, my crazy dreams, meetings with strangers and also the people I love.
What is it like being a crafter in Singapore?
It’s challenging because you’re going against the grain, but at the same time it’s stimulating and so worthwhile when you meet likeminded people/ people who get your art. New surprises greet you every day…it is important to stay focused and positive, surround yourself with good energy.
Why do you craft?
Because if I don’t I get really cranky and weird, and the people around me suffer. I really need an outlet to expand my creative energies.
Why do you think handmade items are gaining popularity?
Cos we live in a pretty cold, cruel world and sometimes people just want some of that raw, human touch. Something personal, that came from the heart…we need more things like that.
What is the craziest thing you have done for your craft/business?
My first solo show in Philedelphia…. Between my boyfriend and I we lugged 25 fairly large paintings across 3 states, it was the most backbreaking and intense thing! Looking back, maybe I shouldve packed smaller paintings. but now I guess we have that memory to look back on.
What is one exciting fact about you ?
I can touch my forehead to my knee. I am currently practising hard so my forehead touches my toes…I am nearly there!
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from running your own business?
Always prep for the worst, it’s ok to have setbacks sometimes. Pick up from there and run with it. When the going gets tough you have to remember why you started doing this in the first place. And hang onto that thought.