Tith Sin first caught our eye at our very first Portland Fair back in 2014. His booth was intricately designed with a modernist sensibility and best of all, it packed up into itself! Ever since, we’ve been increasingly impressed by Tith and his growing Popbyts line of printed paper and textiles.
Where did your business name come from?
The name “Popbyts” comes from a combination of the words pop and bite.
Pop: a bright or prominent burst of something.
Bite: to grip or to press onto something.
Have you always been passionate about design?
Yes! I’ve always been passionate about creating and making art. I still remember and cherish a moment in elementary school creating greeting cards for my parents out of elbow pasta on colorful construction paper. That was so much fun!
Why did you start working in this particular craft?
I started my creative business in 2012, and ever since I’ve been creating and doing what I love part-time, while still keeping a day job (I have goals to one day to run my business full time). I’ve always wanted to start my own creative business and I just didn’t know where to begin. I was told by friends to check out craft shows, and after my first visit I was inspired to create.
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
I love creating art and functional art products that have a sense of playfulness, while combining my love for plants, colors, nature, and my surroundings.
What has been your proudest moment since creating your business?
My proudest moment this year was having a couple of my planter cozies included in the Jungalowstyle + Etsy finds by Justina Blakeney (one of my favorite bloggers) on her website. I just love her work! It was a wonderful surprise, and I feel very fortunate to have accomplished that milestone so early in my creative business endeavor.
What are some inspirations for your work?
I’m inspired by my love for house plants, colors, nature, and my surroundings. Lately I’ve been designing textiles, such as pillowcases and napkins that are inspired by shapes found in architecture.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
Starting a business definitely takes time. Start small with an idea. Have fun. Try to create a unique feel for your product, and keep your work cohesive, eventually you’ll find your niche. Do your research. I have learned a lot from listening to podcasts about branding and start-up small businesses. One in particular that has been very useful is “After The Jump” by Grace Bonney. It has helped me tremendously to understand how to run a small business and keep me stay focus and organized. I highly recommend it!