You live in Osaka, right? Is that where you are from? If so, how was it growing up there? If not, where else do you come from and how was you childhood there?
I originally come from Indonesia. I started living abroad with my family since 2007, because of my husband’s work. Before we lived in Dubai for four years and moved to Osaka since 2012 and living there until now.
My childhood memories, I remembered that my mom usually took me to fabric and craft stores after school. She like to sew dan design her own clothes and her hobby influenced me a lot. She taught me cross stitch when I was in elementary school. Since then I always spend my free time by making craft related things.
Do you know anything that is special for the Japanese Instagram community? Is there a trend or something else that you know of that is only a thing in Japan?
I always amazed with their attention to the details, they could turn something ordinary to something very attractive by simply adding tiny details. I’ve observed that many Japanese designs had gotten its influence by other cultures, such as Scandinavian pattern is a big hit in craft area right now. Yet Japanese people done it so creatively that the essence of Japanese had never gotten lost in the mix. Most people would recognize any handmade items that were crafted by Japanese crafter.
We asked Ria about her favorite instagramers from Osaka. She gave us some names and there was this shot from @hamadahideaki we really liked.
How did you come up with what you do? Have you always been creative and had a talent for creating things? Can you make a living out of it?
For me, personally, do some craft things is not only hobby matter but is more like a meditation. It really help me to calm down and control my emotion. Everytime uneasy feeling hit me, the more productive I am.
When craft hobby turn into a business, we will face an issue about working fast, tight schedule, marketing, etc. And many crafters run their business very well. Right now, i’m trying to work on it and hopefully it become sustain income soon.
What was your motivation to join the Instagram community in the first place?
My motivation is to meet other people from around the world who has passion in craft and design.
And last but not least: Do you have some ‘life wisdom’ you’d like to give out to anyone that is willing to listen?
I always say to be honest to myself and I’ll find happiness within. I am responsible for my own happiness.