Christel has much energy and talent. During her undergraduate years she worked at a number of part time jobs to support her studies. Before doing honours she took a gap year for travel to Canada and the United States. When she returned, she worked for the first semester of 2008 to save enough for her honours year. Due to her Indonesian heritage and commitment to sustainability she chose to develop furniture utilising bamboo. The outcome was a series of patio chairs with concrete bases and flexible but supportive seating structures in replaceable bamboo sections. Christel now uses her business acumen to help support her career as freelance designer-maker.