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Stirring Ideas to Life: Sirin Thada, Catapult Artist for May
By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me that had been there all along.”
Hearing about how Sirin got started and came to this life as an illustrator is an inspiring look at perseverance, dedication, and so much heart.
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Nicole is the Creative Director of Catapult and Counterpoint Press and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Awards include a Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.
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“Refrain yourself from throwing things away. Even if you think you’re going nowhere with what you’re creating.”
Learning to apply my curiosity wherever it’s needed has made my illustration career more fun and maybe more successful, too.
“Working for myself is all about balance. Although illustration is my career and passion, I still need to have a life outside of art-making.”
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“Conveying emotions, narratives, stories. This, I believe, is at the core of all art.”
“‘Illustrator’ is just the easiest catch-all for many jobs—which again, I’m rather restless so it’s worked out great that I never get bored!”
I think what I love about illustration is that there are so many ways to challenge myself.