Designer Spotlight: Meet Vinitha Mammen

design team - vinitha Jul 29, 2022
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Whoe doesn't love fun, colorful illustrations? That (and much more) is exactly what this artist is bringing you. Get to know the wonderful and quirky addition to TPL Design Team, Vinitha. 



How did you get started doing art?

I was lucky enough to be born into a family of creatives, so creating was always a part of my life. We were that family that always came up with DIY projects before we looked for shoppable options. But it was during my time in Scotland doing my graduate studies in fashion design that I got into creating more consistently and intentionally- more as a mechanism to de-stress from the pressures of a masters education than anything else. Little did I know that it was going to be my full-time career in a few years!


What is your favorite medium to create with?



What is your favorite color?



What is the one thing you like to have nearby when you create?

My floofball, Phoebe (she's a little shih-tzu who loves to cuddle.




What most inspires you?

The physical and mental act of creating itself. There's just something truly satisfying and empowering about creating something that wouldn't otherwise have existed.


How do you push through creative ruts?

Phew! I don't have a formula yet but I feel what has been working best is to not force myself to create anything once I realise I'm in a creative rut. Just accept it and let myself be, and I've always eventually found my way back to creating- and often end up coming up with much better stuff than ever before! 

But specifically with lettering, one thing that really helps me is to keep a note of interesting quotes I come across/think of so that when the creativity finally sparks, I'm not stuck wondering what to letter.





If you could only use 3 supplies for the rest of your life, what 3 items would you choose?

It would have to be my iPad, apple pencil and Procreate.


What's your one hot tip for learners?

Do not seek perfectionism- it will only hold you back from what you're capable of becoming. I've only come to realise this fairly recently myself. Just letting go of my obsession with perfectionism and focussing on just doing and growing has been a major game changer in my creative journey.

Think about it - you can never really be perfect and grow at the same time. As you grow, you'll always look back at things that you once thought as being perfect and start seeing imperfections. Instead, simply put your whole self into what you do and do your best!


Check out all of Vinitha's tutorials here!