Thanida, aka Turbow, is another talented member of the violet team. If you know her, you also know that she is a wonderful photographer. She has been in the Blythe community for very long but she collects other beautiful dollies too. In case you don’t know her yet, you will quickly see that her photos are very poetic and her portraits of Blythe definitely stunning!
Photo: Turbow. Thanida, aka Turbow.
Hi Thanida! Can you introduce yourself?
I live in Bangkok, Thailand, and it’s my hometown. I’m currently helping my family’s businesses and running my own doll shop called pupa*casa.
How and when did you discover Blythe?
I first discovered Blythe through Internet around 2004 or 2005, but I cannot remember what I did to discover them back then. I didn’t even know what they were or where they were sold. I just found them cute and photogenic.
Photo: Turbow. Geisha or Princess? – Princesse A La Mode.
When and why did you start your collection? What was your first Blythe doll, and how has your collection evolved?
I have always known Bkythe dolls since I discovered them through internet but I was not that interested to buy one until the day my best friend bought her Blythe dolls to show me and I was in awe. They were SO cute! I started to make some research about them and finally decided to buy my first Blythe, Miss Sally Rice, in 2008. I still have her and I have loved her the most so far.
Photo: Turbow. Sonador – Miss Sally Rice, Thanida’s first Blythe.
Who are the dolls you have in your own collection now? How many are they and where do you store them?
I have my best 5 with me now: Sonador (MSR), Osiris (PaM), Tweet (Goldie), Quistis (Doronjo), Piyo (PD Marigold). They’re neatly stored in my bedroom closet.
Photo: Turbow. Sonador – Miss Sally Rice.
How would you describe the appeal of Blythe dolls for you? What attracts you to them?
I would say their mysterious charm and cuteness, and their photogenic abilities.
Photo: Turbow. Sleeping beauties, take 2! Quistis and Osiris.
Who is your favorite doll in your collection and why is she so special? Who is your next dream girl?
If you mean Blythe doll, it’s Sonador, my Miss Sally Rice. She’s special as she is my first Blythe and my favorite ever. I have all the dream girls with me now, so I don’t think about any next dream girl at the moment.
What’s your background in photography?
My interest in photography has been rooted ever since I was a child. My dad loves cameras and he always gave me advices about cameras and photography. I first used SLR camera when I was about 6 years old, even though I understood nothing about how it worked but I had fell in love with photography since then.
Photo: Turbow. Thanida, her dad and Tweet!
Photo: Turbow. The twin Miss Sally Rice wearing Poupée Mécanique.
Photo: Turbow. Thanida and Tweet sharing photography tips.
You are the photographer of the violet team in the For the Love of Blythe book project. What made you participate in that dolly adventure?
I was asked to join the team and I eagerly accepted! I thought this project must be fun! And I can’t wait till the girl gets here.
What do you like the most about collecting Blythe dolls and what makes you feel happy in the dolly hobby in general?
Friendship! Blythe has brought to me so many wonderful friends from around the world, both in real life and on the Internet. I feel so lucky to have known such wonderful and amazing people in this dolly world!
What are your next dolly related projects/photo shootings in the works?
I’m going to release my own doll clothes line in coordination with Little Moda.The designs are by me and produce by Little Moda under my supervision.
Thank you SO very much, Thanida, for your time with us and for participating in the For the Love of Blythe book project. I know your team’s doll is going to stay with you soon and I hope you will have fun with her. What I know for certain is that we will definitely enjoy your pictures of her. I cannot wait to see them! Dolly life is so sweet with Turbow!
Photo: Turbow. Doronjo – “Pink in the dark”.
Photo: Turbow. Quistis wearing *jaszmade - Doronjo Blythe.
Photo: Turbow. “Slumber with style”.