Designer Spotlight | Hitomi Kimura
This week we had the chance to interview Hitomi Kimura, one of our lovely surface designers hailing all the way from Japan. With a sweet and simple Spoonflower shop many of her designs transition beautifully onto Roostery home decor. Keep reading for her inspiring answers and to meet her precious dog, Sumire.
Which of your designs in your Spoonflower shop is your favorite?
My two favorites are "Mari" and "Bird".
How did you get into design?
I went to art college and studied painting. After that, I worked as an artworker in the printing industry for a while. Then, one day I found a book on pattern design written by a Japanese graphic designer and I thought "this is something I really want to do!" So, I taught myself how to design surface patterns and screenprint them onto fabric. It all made sense because I always loved color and pattern so I was probably (unconsciously) looking for something that fulfilled that desire.
Tell us a little about your personal aesthetic?
I like simple and clever designs with a limited use of color. I also believe that things (including surface patterns) carefully and thoughtfully designed bring people greater pleasure and are more functional.
What is your favorite design tool? What's your creative process like?
My favorite design tools/methods are a pen, paper and paper cutting. But in my design process, I try as many different methods as possible based on my "list of methods". I also go through a large amount of visual reference and collect images I find interesting and sometimes make a mood board.
Where do you find design inspiration?
Pinterest, design books, nature, gardens and a lot of experimentation.
If, you could live the life of another designer, illustrator or creative, for a day, who would it be and why?
It would be Japanese product designer Oki Sato. I admire his elegant works and the non-stoppable working style.
Can you tell us about your favorite, quirkiest, or most beloved possession?
The only beloved possession that comes to mind is my 11-year-old french bulldog Sumire
What is your favorite song to dance/sing to?
I'm truly terrible at singing and dancing, I'm too self-conscious. But I love music, mainly all kinds of rock.
What is your absolute favorite comfort food?
Onigiri (Japanese rice ball)