Huiwen Wu Society Guru

Huiwen is the founder of WeClustr, an online community for creators, makers in arts, crafts or any creative businesses. She completed her bachelor and master's degrees at Tongji University, ESSEC Business School and the London School of Economics. 

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Stories - Chapter 15

I started making jewellery when I was working for an accessory design company. I enjoyed my work and I learnt so much from my time there, but it was very much about realising someone else’s vision.

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Stories - Chapter 14

I was working full time, as most people do. But I knew I needed to do something outside of work. I started with guitar, but realized that it wasn’t really for me. I remembered when I was about eight or nine, I had a taster ceramic class at my local community centre, and I really enjoyed it.

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Stories - Chapter 13

Everything starts with the urge to escape. Happiness is elsewhere. Amongst all things family is the hardest to detach yourself from, both physically and ideologically.

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Stories - Chapter 12

I was a good girl, but deep inside, I was quite a rebel. In front of my parents, I always behaved well. I went to the school they wanted me to go; did the courses they wanted me to do; worked hard to get the grades they expected me to get. But what I really wanted was just to draw.

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Stories - Chapter 11

The idea behind Food At Heart had been bubbling up for a while. I’d always enjoyed my previous work. This included a few different industries: music, market research, the public sector and then e-commerce. Things were going quite well, but it just wasn’t giving me the fulfilment I was looking for.

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Stories - Chapter 10

I first picked up a brush at an arts school in Moscow when I was 10 and in a few months, I won some competition. 17 years passed until the day I felt I must paint again. In the meantime I started working in the arts and moved from Russia to the UK to do my master's degree.

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Stories - Chapter 9

When I was young, I was not terribly joyful. I was always perplexed by my existence, and I had a strong spiritual longing ever since I could remember. I was very sensitive. Quite early on, I could feel energy in my body. I didn’t know what it was, but it was very alive. Later, I realised that it was sexual energy, which, I also realised, was not OK to talk about. Mine was a fairly conventional family and an Orthodox upbringing.

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Stories - Chapter 8

I grew up in a small village in the mountains and always felt it was too small for me. However, I remain extremely attached to my roots and can never really define my identity without them. I have always searched for more, more knowledge, more answers, more solutions to my existential interrogatives and more human connection. 

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STORIES - CHAPTER 7

10 years ago, we opened the door of our music studio to our first client. My wife and I used to live upstairs and there was no facility for toilet or kitchen down here. People had to come up to use the facilities. At the time, we just had our first boy.

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STORIES - CHAPTER 6

I didn’t know that I was a creative person. I have always thought that I was the least creative person in my family. After graduating with a degree in business and marketing, I have worked full time in a real estate agency. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do.

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