“I grew up in a warm family in which everyone seemed to be happy with what we had and who we were. And this is how I lead my life nowadays. I don’t want to take things too seriously and prefer a simple lifestyle.
“My name is Doungnapa Wongpae; my nickname is Aor. I was born on 22 October, 1979 and grew up in Chiang Mai, my nice old home town. I never want to go anywhere else. My father was a bus driver and my mother worked for a company that made Thai whiskey. I have an older brother and a younger sister. I am very close to my older brother, perhaps because we are both interested in traditional culture and things related to it.
“My life has been easy-going, I suppose. I was a student in a government school until I finished high school first level and then I went to a commercial college where I studied marketing for five years. While I was at college, I enrolled in a special class of Lanna (northern Thai) style drawing run by the Lanna Wisdom Heritage School in Chiang Mai. I loved it so much that, after I graduated, I went to work for five years at the school as a volunteer.
“During that time I really learned a lot about our northern culture and local art and handicrafts. That was when I learned to make local-style jewelry and ornaments from brass. I used to buy this kind of jewelry because I liked it so much but then I decided to learn to make it myself because I thought it was so sweet and beautiful. Only people who love traditional styles will wear it, however, as it doesn’t go with modern fabrics and apparel.
“My interest in jewelry led me to work with other styles of jewelry using stones, silver and other materials. I liked different kinds of jewelry and bought quite a few pieces for myself before I started to make a business out of it. I learned to design quite a few styles with a friend in the jewelry trade and I have been learning how to make the different types of jewelry I create, though I cannot make everything by myself yet.
“I hope you like my jewelry and would like to thank everyone who browses my collection.”
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