I’m Hitomi Kimura, a Japanese surface pattern designer. I always loved playing with colour. With a background in fine art (my BFA is in painting), I began my career in the printing industry. After working for a photo studio and design firm, I moved to London, where I worked for a publisher for a few years. My interest in surface pattern design started when I returned to Japan in 2005. To pursue my passion for colour and pattern, I began to print my designs on fabric in my home studio and make and sell handmade products in 2007 under the label Kalla. And since 2011, I’ve been working as a surface pattern designer and collaborated with various companies to create beautiful products.