Thursday, February 18, 2010

Interviewing a True Artisan, Niramol - Part II

This is the Part II of my interview with Niramol.
Continue getting to know an artisan; continue admiring her creations from her perspectives.
( For Part I, please click HERE! )

This 20 postcards set features amazing Thai traditional OOAK of Sri's Doll Artisan

Niramol & Patta

(6) What triggered your doll OOAK creations?

Our name had first become well-known in 2004. Together with my sister, we held and exhibition about traditional Thai costume and performance art. I was responsible for the traditional dance theme and the costume of Rattanokosin period. We had to re-create the scene of the King’s chamber, arms and weapons room, as well as traditional Thai house by referring to the originals to be as realistic as possible. Please check our website for more details of the production process. My sister K. Pattraporn needed an outfit for her doll as she remembered I used to make some for her during our childhood. I was only 11, when I first used scrapes of cloths to create a doll outfit for my sister. It has been a long time, until she asked me to do it again a couple of years back. And when she showed the final result to her friends, they all said it was more beautiful than what were on offered in the market back then. So she encouraged me to start a business and it has been something that I enjoy ever since.

One of the latest creations of Niramol on Jamieshow

100% on real human scale and handmade
(7) What is your special technique apply on your creations?

My secret is the attention to details. Each delicate detail will be care for, with research and study to evaluate the possibility of the production before starting, and to ensure that the final work will resemble to the original as much as possible.

(8) What is your current project?

We just finished our last exhibition – “The Glory of King Narai” recently, which was held at Suan Pakkad Museum, in Bangkok during 30 Jul – 30 Aug. 2009. The event was presented with mix media including dolls and sculptures, with miniature of the Mirror Hall of Versailles to recreate the arrival scene of Siamese Ambassadors in the Vatican to deliver King Narai’s letter to the Pope during Ayudthaya Period. We also had portrait sculptures of important nobles of that time.

(9) Lastly, what is your future goal/ambition on your OOAK development?

As we had been received really well by the public for our last exhibition, my next project, I would like to present something relating to Buddhism. I hope to show that a doll can be more than just a beautiful object to look at, but it can be used as a medium to express morals and values of people in the society too. This is the aim that I and my team hope to achieve for our next presentation.

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