Guidecraft is proud to have Ployshaii (Shaii) Tanganuratana as our May Team Spotlight! Shaii is our Merchandiser in our Thailand Office and we’d love for you to get to know her!
GC: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your life growing up?
I was born in Bangkok and had a simple life in a busy city. Both of my parents work in government services so I am the first in my family to study art and design. Initially, I did not know I had any skills in design until I choose to study science, biology and chemistry in high school. I loved seeing and drawing the colors and shapes of natural objects, such as cells, animals and plants, and that inspired me to study art. My parents are very supportive and try to understand what I do; they’ve even begun to form their own ideas of what they think makes art beautiful.
GC: Tell us a little about what you did before you started working at Guidecraft.
After I graduated, I began to work on exhibitions at a museum design company, Plan Motif Co, life styleLtd., for 7 years. I started as a junior graphic designer and then became a museum designer. I also briefly worked at Index Creative Village, an event and exhibition company. Through them, I have worked on several museums such as the Museum of the Kings of Thailand, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, Police Museum, Bank of Thailand Museum, Sleep Museum, Jewelry of Siam Exhibition and the National Park Visitor Center- where I went on multiple hikes while I worked there!
GC: How did you come to work at Guidecraft?
The opportunity to work for Guidecraft came the same moment that I wanted to lifestyle. I was looking something other than the museum field and I got a call from Paan, who was my underclassman at school. She was working at Guidecraft and looking for new staff. And now I’m here.
GC: How would you describe your position?
My position in Guidecraft is Merchandiser. I coordinate booth design for trade show displays and create displays for our products. For our offices and showrooms, I coordinate the layout, planning, display and set up of our brands.
GC: What is your favorite experience working at Guidecraft so far?
I like to learn the reason behind each toy. Our toys are simple, easy and fun but they all have HUGE ideas and processes behind them.
GC: What are some projects you have done?
I helped finish the interior design for our office in Shanghai. I have merchandised at both the Shanghai Toy Fair 2016 and Hong Kong Toy Fair 2017 shows while supporting other Toy Fairs that are abroad. Currently, I’m working on the design of our new Thailand office.
GC: What has been your proudest professional moment so far?
I love when people get to see my work whenever I finished an exhibit. I’m most proud of my work when people spend time at my exhibits, enjoy themselves and maybe visit again with friends and family.
GC: What is some advice you would give someone who wants to go into a similar field?
Just go and try it! Find a balance between your work and your personal life and you will find the happiest way to work.
GC: Is there anything else you would like to add or share?
I love to have variety in my life, even in simple ways. I enjoy changing my style and going out and finding something new, different or fun. I don’t need a plan or a lot of structure, I prefer an easy life.