William Du and Carolyn Wong are two characters worlds apart; yet their stories intertwined when they launched their Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Short StoryĂ˘â‚¬Âť paper butterfly range in December 2009.
William was born in Helsinki, Finland 1985. His family had escaped from the Vietnam War and sought refuge at the Malaysian concentration camps, where they gained residency in Finland and shortly after migrated to Australia.
William's father was a very poor farmer leading the family to develop a profound appreciation for life. His family were also extremely gifted in artistic talents so it wasn't long before he started experimenting with his own inner artist. William went on to study Product design at RMIT, whilst also working as a freelance artist and designer on the side.
Carolyn was born in Carlton, Melbourne in 1986. Her childhood was spent in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne where it consisted mostly of carefree playing with the neighbourhood children. Her father was in the fashion and tailoring industry which heavily influenced her interest in art, especially that of different Eastern cultures.
She was always intrigued by Japanese culture especially the delicacy of Japanese art. From an early age she invested much of her time in learning the techniques of paper folding and working with Japanese washi. Academically she chased after what seemed to be a more stable career in science and mathematics; however, she would always find time for the occasional painting or drawing. In 2002 Carolyn entered the Regional painting competition and won an honourable mention even though she had no formal art training. Despite Carolyn's intention to pursue a career outside of the art realm it wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t long before her artistic talents emerged once more and lured her to embark on a journey of her own.
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