About

Meet the owner and bilingual designer behind Crafts and Passion

Hi! I’m Dianne.

As a third-generation Filipino-Chinese, I bravely moved to the United States from the Philippines in late December 2015. I was born with a hearing loss and didn’t have hearing aids until I was 16. During my formative years, my late mom was strict with me. My disability didn’t deter her from having high expectations about my learning abilities. Since kindergarten, I was naturally exposed to multiple languages, including Hokkien, Mandarin Chinese, English, and Tagalog.

It wasn’t easy for me because I was the only Deaf in class.

Not being able to hear and understand everything said in the class is so frustrating. But with the support from my teachers and the guidance of my mom, I was able to excel academically. In 2018, I learned a new language — American Sign Language (ASL) that I frequently rely on for communication. I’m grateful that ASL became part of my life and it gave me a voice to express myself freely.

While growing up, I always loved arts and crafts, Chinese calligraphy, painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design.

My interests started with my mom, who was a gifted artist herself, then with my high school Alma Mater that had an excellent practice art education, which I developed my artistic talents when I was in grade school. One of my favorite memories is when my mom came up with an art project called Mandala during 5th grade. She purchased Mandala coloring pages for students, including me. It turned out that every masterpiece we meticulously colored was unique and displayed different colors and patterns that are harmonious and diversified. As I reminisce these memories, I feel that I have been truly fortunate to be surrounded by arts since then.

Fast forward years later in college, I had to decide what major to take.

Since I enjoyed using the computer, I decided to follow my brother’s footsteps and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. When I am self-taught myself graphic design during college and did some design projects, I realized that I enjoyed designing more than programming, so I ended up being an invitation card designer. For many years, it had been my pleasure to work with my valued Filipino clients both local and overseas, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, and Italy. My business could never have flourished without their support, and I’m truly appreciative of them.

Crafts and Passion is dedicated to my late parents, from whom I inherited a gift of arts and crafts and Chinese writing.

My mom was an elementary Chinese teacher and gifted artist while my dad was a famous Chinese writer, poet, calligraphist, and educator in a Chinese community. I am truly thankful for my talents and I want to use them to design contemporary and thoughtful products that spark joy and love of learning in people of all ages. It’s my passion and my gift to the world.

 

認識「藝情」的所有者兼雙語設計師

嗨! 我是黛安妮。

我身為第三代菲華裔於二零一五年十二月下旬勇敢地從菲律賓搬到美國。我出生時患有聽力障礙,直到十六歲才使用助聽器。在我成長的那年,我母親生前對我嚴格。我的缺陷並沒有阻止她對我的學習能力抱著很高的期望。從幼兒園開始,我自然就接觸了多種語言,包括福建話、普通話、英語和他加祿語。

這對我來說並不容易,因為我是班上唯一的聾人。

無法聽到和理解課堂上所說的一切,實在令人沮喪。但在老師的支持和母親的指導下,我在學業上表現出色。 2018年,我學習了一種新的語言,是我經常用來交流的美國手語。我很高興美國手語成為我生活的一部分,讓我自由地表達自己的發言權。

從小到大,我一直喜歡手工藝術、中國書法、繪畫、攝影和平面設計。

我的興趣始於我的母親,她本人是一位才華橫溢的藝術家。還有我的母校,它擁有出色的實踐藝術教育,小學時就培養了我藝術的才能。我最喜歡的記憶之一是在小五時,我母親作為中文老師提出一個名為曼陀羅的藝術項目。她為包括我在內的學生們購買了曼陀羅彩頁,結果我們精心著上色的每件傑作都是獨一無二的,並顯示出和諧及多樣化的不同顏色和圖案。當我回想起這些回憶時,自那時以來,被藝術所包圍的我感到真的很幸運。

幾年後上大學時,我不得不決定選擇哪個學科。

自從我喜歡使用電腦以來,我決定跟隨哥哥的腳步,並獲得了計算機科學學士學位。大學時,當我自學平面設計以及做一些設計項目時,我意識到比起寫編程,我更喜歡做設計,所以我最終成為了邀請卡設計師。多年來,我很榮幸與當地及國外的菲律賓客戶合作,包括澳大利亞、新西蘭、加拿大、英國和意大利。沒有他們的支持,我的生意是不會繁榮發展的,我對他們表示衷心的感謝。

「藝情」是獻給我已故的父母,我從他們身上繼承了手工藝術和中文寫作的天賦。

我的母親是一名小學中文老師和有才華的藝術家,而我的父親是華社著名的中文作家、詩人、書法家和教育家。我很感激自己擁有的才華,我想用它設計為人們帶來歡樂以及激發不分年齡的人們對學習的熱愛的東西。這是我的熱情以及是我送給全世界的禮物。