「Asia 10×10 Meet」整合來自海內外的100位創作者，50場主題式線上對談，在經歷過疫情動盪不安的時期，創作者們如何保持初心淘空歸零，堅持創作持續向前邁進，透過 Give & Take 交換禮物的祝福為彼此加油打氣。
Taiwan 創作品牌：Ciao Creation / Anny
Cambodia 創作品牌：Smateria / Elisa
During COVID-19, what are the challenges and difficulties you face? And how does it affect your mental state?
During the pandemic outbreak, Smateria has experienced several challenges. First of all, with the revenue sharply declined, the company had to reduce its team size to maintain its operation. Secondly, since the creative inspiration of Smarteria’s work pieces relies heavily on the interaction with both human and nature, it is unprecedentedly difficult for them to form new ideas during lockdown. Worse off, the border of Cambodia has been closed since COVID-19. Smateria had to switch fully to remote work under this situation. On the other hand, Anny from Ciao Creation also faced a high level of pressure. Being both the boss of Ciao Creation and the housekeeper of her own family, COVID-19 made taking care of both sides extra difficult.
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Despite all the pressure, luckily, Ciao Creatio came up with a new idea of launching DIY kits, hoping to introduce a to-got kit for people to do decoration work anytime, anywhere. This move successfully attracted a number of customers. Besides this, they designed a new bag that twisted the Taiwanese traditional plastic bag and added Ciao Creation’s iconic nail head on it. They will also be holding workshops to teach people how to decorate with nail heads during Christmas and Chinese New Year. However, as Anny mentioned, this new business model is only applicable to the domestic market. “I would not know how to manage all these if it were in a foreign country”, she said.
Smateria also launched a new collection of purses, all made from recycled wastes from factory production. The collection is named after “lightness” in Japanese, hoping to bring a glimpse of warmth to the society.
來自 Give & Take 的祝福，一份給予彼此鼓勵的交換禮物
Give & Take: Exchanging gift for encouragement
The gift for Ciao Creation is Smateria’s exquisite tote bag, which the color is customizable. The name of the tote bed is “Daydreamer”, reminding us to not forget to dream big.
The gift of Smarteria is the nail head kit mentioned above. Anny hopes to bring the mindset of doing decoration work anytime, anywhere to Elisa.