Pimlada Phuapradit (or Pim) is a surface pattern designer and illustrator creating new designs and textile products from Bangkok, Thailand. Pim designs beautiful pattern designs, including delicate and quaint teacup designs, cute horse riding themed wallpaper, and adorable animal tea party illustrations. Her designs have been featured on everything from scarves and clothing to wallpaper and bedding. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Pimlada Phuapradit.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I love drawing tiny delicate detailed patterns and illustrations with a hint of vintage feel. My favorite colour story is soft pastel.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I usually start my design and illustration process with researching for the topic and selecting colour palette. Then I try different compositions by sketching small thumbnails on paper. Next I develop the chosen sketch into a descriptive drawing before scanning and colouring it digitally.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I respect and admire all of the creative people I have collaborated with. I have been lucky to work with product designers, creative and art directors who have kindly given me advice, feedback and fresh perspective on each design project. I also admire and respect artists and designers who follow their passion and share inspiring stories of their creative journey.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I really enjoy gardening and collecting plants which I am inspired by their organic forms. I also love looking at old children's book illustrations, antique decorative objects and ornate details of architecture.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
My passion for drawing led me to pursue training in textile design and narrative illustration. I carried out research into a career of surface pattern design and really liked the concept of art licensing. My advice would be to keep creating and experimenting with art materials and techniques. Lots of practice will lead you to the medium and process that you most enjoy.