Rafia Khan of Creative Dabba
by Zainab Nasir
What drives you? (What makes you so passionate about your work)
My Mother, she loves art n craft and always wanted someone from her children to jump into this field. So I did … and with the passage of time her love for arts became my love too!
How did you get here and how long have you been in this profession (or been doing what you do)?
I did my matric in science but as I started my intermediate I got involved with arts and completed my bachelors in fine arts, but not just that, I went on to complete my Masters in Fine Arts(MFA) (printmaking major) from FJWU Rawalpindi in 2011… soon got married and moved to Karachi in the same year.
At first I started with making paper jewelry out of wrapping sheets and wedding cards just to keep myself busy then started working on some DIY crafts, I feel craft runs in me! In 2014, I finally had the guts to have launched my online store by the name of “Creative Dabba” and Alhumdullilah, slowly n steadily its growing today!
What has been your vision and what do you most love about your work?
My vision has always been creating something unique from something very simple so I try new techniques; overlap them with one another in the process creating something new, unique and affordable. The hip “Unfinished look” is what I love about my work, we are not perfect or at least I am not perfect so that unfinished touch gives me a soothing effect that yes, sometimes it’s not necessary to be perfect, and that we are all stories not yet complete.
What do you think is your biggest achievement throughout your professional journey?
I won’t say that this is the biggest achievement of my professional journey but every time someone says I am doing a good job I get a sense of achievement that I really cannot explain. So every moment which helps me grow in a positive way is the biggest achievement for me.
What are your current projects and what do you plan on doing in the near future?
Current projects are some upcoming exhibitions and hand painted plaques series, I also plan on attending professional workshops for arts and crafts.
A word of advice you would like to pass on to other women struggling with their start-ups?
Never ever give up, you will fall and fail many times but you have to stand up if you want to survive and if you want to be proud of yourself one day in the near future.