What is your name and how would you briefly describe what you do?
My name is Pia Niemi and I work as an illustrator, graphic designer and book author. I've been freelancing since 1989, more than 25 years now. I usually illustrate / design educational books for children and I also love to visit school classes (Skapande skola / Creative School). Assignments can also be logos, packaging, etc. I work in watercolor, ink and even digitally. Variety is fun!
Do you have any secret talents?
I am a technical college graduate in chemistry, but today I use that talent only to make super healthy smoothies or bake yummy chocolate cakes. And I usually know how to make things taste even better …
What is the best thing about working with you from a customer perspective?
My customers say I’m a positive and accurate person. With happy illustrations and a straight dialogue, which makes our collaboration easy. I like the variety of doing both illustration and design. When I visit school classes I inspire both students and teachers. I hope it shows how much I love my job.
Illustration / design of educational materials for children. I’ve illustrated over 200 titles: from reading training books and exercise books, to fiction books about animals and nature. I have also written several children’s books.
Through lectures, workshops and courses, I like to inspire and share my experiences. Eg: How to work as an illustrator. How to make a book. Different ways to be creative with words and pictures. Content is adapted to each group’s age and background.