Creative Thinking
A Magazine Singapore|August 2021
Powering professionals and giving imaginative minds a boost with feature-rich connected devices — three small business owners and operators share their stories of how their practices received a leg up from Brother International’s technology.

Clarence Valerius Wee

Calligrapher and founder,

Craft Varies

Clarence Valerius Wee is a person who follows his passion.

“Wherever it leads me, I just take that step towards it, and then see what happens.” That process led him from studying graphic design to picking up calligraphy some 12 years ago as a way to understand typography, or the art of forming letters and text, to establishing his type atelier, Craft Varies.

Wee launched his studio about seven years ago, at a time when calligraphy was less familiar in Singapore. Now that it has gained wider recognition, Wee is venturing into glass engraving. He also does logotype design and sign painting, and runs lettering classes and workshops that explore the relationship between calligraphy and yoga.

“Calligraphy has taught me more than just about writing,” Wee says. “It taught me a lot about mind-muscle connection and the sensitivity of our mind and body.”

As a creative outlet, glass engraving presents Wee with the opportunity to branch out and apply his existing calligraphy skills to other media or materials.

“That’s how you progress,” he says. “It’s about understanding the different technologies to use as a tool so that I can further grow this skill set.”

In the design process, Wee sees benefits in employing tech systems like Brother International’s that are seamless, such as being able to print artwork directly and wirelessly from his tablet, when he previously had to rely on his laptop as an intermediary and use connection cables. When things don’t work or there are too many steps involved, it can complicate and slow down the creative process, he explains.

“I have a business to run,” he says. “The thing about working for yourself is that you have all the time in the world, but you also have no time.” Besides working on engraving and calligraphy, he handles communicating and liaising with clients. “Interacting with people is nice too, but when you have many things to juggle, it can take a toll.”

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