In conversation with

Seated outdoors, surrounded by stacks of intricate, one-of-a-kind creative sculptures and extensive sculpting tools, Oo shared with us his journey in discovering his dream goal as an artist.



QA: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Oo: I was born in Phetchaburi and moved to Bangkok to study art and work in the film industry. I'm a family man - I live with my wife and daughter, and I try to live a simple, easygoing life. I avoid being too strict with myself.



QA: Can you tell us more about the project ?

Oo: About 10 years ago, I wanted some space and time to create my own art. I started experimenting with sculpting using recycled paper. When I ran out of room in my house, my wife suggested I sell the sculptures. I was surprised when people wanted to buy them, but it was an emotional experience I actually teared up during some sales as I felt that the crafts were leaving me for other people (Oo shyly laughed while sharing this story).. I put so much of myself into each piece. I never thought that my creations were sellable or had the potential to become something. After attempting to sell at the night market for months, I proved myself wrong and started developing a project from the crafts.


'It’s craftsmanship, made and created by hand...
It takes each craft, despite its size, 10 to 21 days to craft.'



QA: Can you tell us what is special about your crafts and how durable are they?

Oo: I follow the Japanese concept of “Wabi-sabi” centred on the acceptance of imperfection. My sculptures are created by hand, and all my energy and expressions are put into the artwork.
The sculptures have a decorative function. They are meant to be observed and appreciated, they can last more than 10 years.



QA: What is the process to craft the sculpture?

Oo: It takes between 10 and 21 days to craft each piece, depending on its design. I collect paper from different sources and sort it by type, thickness, and function. Then I mix it with other ingredients and ferment it to turn it into clay for sculpting. The drying process is the longest part - I have to sculpt and supervise the drying process daily to make sure the form stays the way I want it to.



QA: The crafting process seems to be very long and tedious. Do you get any help?

Oo: My team is actually my family. They've been helping me since the workload started to increase. It's been fun!



QA: What is craftsmanship for you?

Oo: I love doing manual work - it helps me connect with my roots and embrace patience. To me, craftsmanship means putting all of my energy and expression into the artwork.

QA: What is sustainability for you?

Oo: When I started this project, sustainability wasn't a concept in Thailand yet. As the technique grew, I realized that my sculptures were eco-friendly so I developed the project further to be fully sustainable.



QA: What are your future plans with the project? What about you, personally?

Oo: I hope to pass the craft on to my daughter and build a studio in the countryside in northern Thailand. I believe that if you make something good, people will come to find it - just like a well-hidden noodle stall! if it’s good, people will come to find it.



QA: How do you feel when people use your crafts?

Oo: I feel happy. People are giving more interest and being more open to accepting new materials and creativity.



QA: What is your life philosophy/values and how do they relate to your crafts?

Oo: I don’t know if it’s a philosophy but as long as you don’t stop doing it, it will always work, it will get better. If you love it and you persevere, it will work.

QA: What is your favorite quote and music?

Oo: "Just keep doing, persevere.”
As for the music, I like Paradox “ฤดูร้อน” (translated from Tahi as "hot season"). To listen, click

the crafts

Made of recycled paper sold by
Little Moon
CHF 110
Handicraft sustainable and recycled decorative vase from Asia. The home decor vase is made of recycled paper and is sold online on
Dwarf Pluto
CHF 150
Handicraft sustainable and recycled decorative vase from Asia. The home decor vase is made of recycled paper and is sold online on
White Moon
CHF 175
Handicraft sustainable and recycled decorative vase from Asia. The home decor vase is made of recycled paper and is sold online on
Arctic Earth
CHF 140