Hatty Pedder is a British illustrator and artist based in Dubai who paints and sketches the world beautiful. Her incredible talents have lead her along a wonderful journey, and she has beautifully portrayed her path through her art.
Trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Hatty gained a BA degree in Graphic Design specializing in illustration in 1994. In London she illustrated for various publications including Tatler before arriving in Dubai in 1995.
Hatty commenced her creative career in Dubai working as a fashion stylist and photographer – both experiences have heavily influenced her work today. In 2005 with Dubai’s artistic community rapidly developing, she returned to her roots as a full-time illustrator and artist. Hatty has illustrated for many agencies, publications and leading brands both in Dubai and internationally.
Hatty is also a renowned artist who exhibits in Dubai with The Mojo Gallery and in European galleries. She travels to different cities around the world creating vibrant collections inspired by her observations, experiences and perceptions.
Nasrine Abushakra sat down with Hatty Pedder to discuss her favorite things about Dubai in an exclusive interview.
Hatty Pedder: Dubai Favorites
Where were you born? England
How long have you lived in your region? I have lived in Dubai for 20 years
Neighborhood: Jumeriah 3, directly opposite City Walk
Favorite Restaurant: Le Petite Maison, DIFC
Best Sushi: TOMO, Raffles Dubai
Best Italian: Bice Mare, Souk Al Bahar
Best Dessert: Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House
Best place for a romantic date: Beach Bar & Grill at the One and Only Royal Mirage
Best Sunday Brunch: A healthy organic brunch at Comptoir102
Best place for a power business meeting: The Capital Club, DIFC
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Ritz Carlton
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Harvey Nichols
Best Spa: Cleopatra’s, Wafi
Favorite Cultural Event: The Dubai World Cup
Favorite Cultural Institution: Sharjah Museum
Best Steakhouse: The Rib Room, Emirates Towers
Best Pizza: Sapori Di BiCE
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The Warehouse Gym, Al Quoz
Describe your city in three words: Everything is possible
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The spice and gold souks in Deira
All-around favorite spot in in your town: Sun Downers, Montgomerie Golf Course – The Academy
Best Aspect of your town/city/region: Abra rides on the Creek at sunset