Clarence Wee cherishes letterforms. He founded his calligraphy studio, Craft Varies in Singapore and hasn’t looked back.
What’s your story?
I am a calligrapher that founded Craft Varies, a studio based in Singapore specialising in calligraphy and handcrafted work, including handwritten invitations, envelopes, sign painting and calligraphic art pieces. Craft Varies works closely with commercial and personal clients to send customised messages to their intended recipients.
I discovered my passion for typography during the course of my education in design when I started to appreciate letterforms. This led to calligraphy. I have since dedicated my time to mastering calligraphy so as to appreciate letterforms in a hands on manner which I believe is worth cherishing.
What excites you most about your industry?
Learning and improving everyday.
What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and raised in Singapore.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, because it seems like the economy is growing and there is slowly a growth and appreciation in art.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Think before you speak.
Who inspires you?
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
That the pyramids were most likely not used as tombs but a possible source of energy.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. I know where I am is because of where I was and I’m contented to be where I am now.
How do you unwind?
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan. It inspires me.
Everyone in business should read this book:
I don’t read much. I think I’ve read less than a handful of books in my life!
Shameless plug for your business:
We do everything that is typography or lettering related. Anything with words or letters done, be it Invitations, envelopes, placecards, wedding designs, monogram designs, wedding vows, love letters, letters of condolences, business letters, thank you letters, congratulations letters, wood soldering / engraving services – for things like wine bottles, whiskey bottles, champagne bottles for birthdays, anniversaries or retirement, business signs, logo types, glass signages, murals, cafe menus and more. You can see more on Instagram @craftvaries.
This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.
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