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Meet Asia Dunn of Conundrum Crafts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Asia Dunn.

Asia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a self-taught papermaker and collage artist originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Two years ago, I packed up whatever belongings would fit in my car and took a spontaneous road trip out to California and never left, I’ve been creating art since I can remember honestly, always with a camera in hand, a paintbrush, or whatever I could find at the moment to express myself. I’ve always had this gift of making “something out of nothing’ which is why my discovery of collage art felt like home.

Has it been a smooth road?
Leaving my family and moving to the other side of the country has been one of the most difficult things I’ve done. I came here without a job in place or many resources so I really had to hustle and find my way. I hit a few bumps here on my journey, but those obstacles have created a beautiful evolution within me and I am grateful for all that has led me where I am now.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Conundrum Crafts was created in May of this year. I have never had plans of owning a business, so I love how it came about so organically. As you all know, this year has been pretty tough to say the least, and in order for me to navigate and process this time of uncertainty, I turned to my long-time passion of journaling. I saw how beneficial writing in a journal could be and wanted to re-imagine my art in a way that would not only be beautiful but also inspire others to do the same. I decided to combine my passions to create unique journals that could act as a tool for daily introspection and gratitude expression which aid with processing emotions and boosting overall mood. A few things I felt would be helpful during this time.

I am most proud that my company has been able to provide many journals for free over these past few months and also use the proceeds from sales to donate local non-profit organizations and individual fundraisers. Aside from other businesses that may be profit-centered, my only mission with Conundrum Crafts is to inspire those in my community and beyond to begin a journey of self-discovery and healing.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angles is the perfect place for a small business like mine because I can reach so many more people that have an appreciation for art and my mission, I definitely would recommended someone just starting out to begin in LA for the simple fact that it won’t be easy but, from my personal experience, it will be worth it,

Los Angeles is a tough city to navigate at times but I feel like if you can make it work here, you can make it anywhere.

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