BY NI PAN
Glen Waverley’s Wenhong, 35, is a jewellery designer who balances her craft with raising her seven-year-old daughter Catrina.
The mother will often start working on her designs in the evening, after taking care of her child throughout the day.
“In the daytime, I try my best to spend more time with my daughter Catrina and make sure she has a healthy breakfast, lunch box and dinner,” Wenhong says.
“Even though I am a single mother, I don’t want my daughter to feel that she lacks love from family.”
After dinner, Wenhong concentrates on working on her jewellery designs.
Her daughter Catrina sits beside her and plays games on her iPad or reads books to pass the time.
After more than 100 modifications, Wenhong is finally satisfied with a ring for one of her customers.
“The secret is to be good at discovering beauty from various life details, then exaggerating them.”
Wenhong meets with her Italian boss online where she shows him her detailed design drafts for two necklaces.
“Because I work for an Italian jewellery brand, I usually have an online meeting at around 4am or 5am because of the time difference in the two countries,” she says.
The jewellery maker yawns after a long night’s work.
She says she tries to finish her work at night so she can spend more time with her daughter during the day.
“The relationship between pay and gain is proportional.”
Wenhong said she likes to stand on the balcony outside of her Glen Waverley apartment and look at the view.
“Look at the sunset reflection on the building and the blue sky. The world is beautiful, isn’t it?” she says.
“I should be happy because I live in a beautiful world.”