An insatiable love for coloured, patterned, and textured papers

Her creative works showcase her unique approach to storytelling and illustration.

Boat People

An animated short film produced by The National Film Board of Canada 2023

As a child in Vietnam, Thao’s mother often rescued ants from bowls of sugar water. Years later they would return the favour. Boat People is an animated documentary that uses a striking metaphor to trace one family’s flight across the turbulent waters of history.

Directed by

Kjell Boersma & Thao Lam

Written by

Thao Lam & Kjell Boersma

About Thao Lam

Thao Lam has been creating pictures for as long as she can remember. For her, drawing has always felt as natural as breathing. Since studying illustration for three years at Sheridan College in Toronto, Thao has developed her dual careers of illustrating and art buying.

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Illuminate stories with vibrant artwork, turning narratives into visual wonders. Let's bring your tales to life—reach out for unique illustrations!