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Hi, I’m Lieke van der Vorst, the illustrator behind Liekeland. I illustrate mostly with traditional materials like colored pencil, pens and lately I’m experimenting with oil paint. On my work page you will find the projects I’ve illustrated so far and currently I’m working on my first book.

A little bit of backstory: I grew up in Kaatsheuvel, a small town in The Netherlands. Every Summer my parents would pack up our De Waard tent and we would drive 13 hours to the Provence of France to camp among the lavender fields. It was these times in nature that have influenced my life and work. Being kind to animals and the environment became an important part of my vision. Currently I live in my hometown Eindhoven, where Koen and I renovated a 121 year old house and added a wooden extension with lots of light. In my studio I make illustrations for my own products as well as for other clients. Beside making art I love our dog ilva, being in my vegetable garden, cooking and trying out new recipes for friends and family and writing in my journal.

Nature is a recurring theme in my work, capturing a sense of positivity while still addressing serious issues. I try use my illustrations to make a positive impact on the world and to inspire others and myself to be more aware of the little things.

All of my illustrations are printed on Arctic Paper, which uses only a minimum amount of water and energy to produce their ecological and FSC-certified paper. This paper is printed locally, by Art Libro based in the Netherlands. Liekeland’s bags are made from firm organic cotton, in a fairtrade factory using water-based ink.

You can follow me on instagram to see a glimpse of my inspiration, house and studio.

 

Education

2009 – 2013  Academy of Fine Arts and Design St. Joost, Breda NL | illustration
2006 – 2009  Graphic Design SintLucas, Boxtel NL | graphic design

 

Exhibition

2020 | 17-06 – 01-12 Buutvrij | Tilburg NL
2019 | 21-09 – 23-09 Art Exhibition THIS IS NOT A ZOO | Canary Islands ES
2019 | 10-05 – 25-07 Toi Art Gallery | Los Angelas USA
2017 | 20-10 – 29-10 DDW | Eindhoven NL
2015 | 17-10 – 25-10 DDW | Eindhoven NL
2015 | 16-05 – 01-08 Wildernis | Amsterdam NL
2014 | 18-10 – 26-10 DDW | Eindhoven NL
2014 | 22-09 – 31-12 STEK | Rotterdam NL
2014 | 25-08 – 31-12 Biogondisch | Breda NL
2014 | 04-04 – 31-05 de Zeeuwse Meisjes | Rotterdam NL
2014 | 18-01 – 30-04 Daily Poetry | Eindhoven NL
2013 | 21-12 – 31-12 Hendrik-jan bij Guus | Amsterdam NL
2013 | 19-10 – 05-11 Boekenberg Dutch Design Week | Eindhoven NL
2013 | 01-10 – 01-12 Buutvrij | Tilburg NL
2013 | 29-08 – 29-10 Plezuro | Stockholm SE
2013 | 12-08 – 12-09 Graphic Playground | Arnhem NL
2013 | 28-06 – 03-07 Afstudeer-expositie AKV St. Joost | Breda NL
2013 | 06-05 – 03-06 Inspire | Breda NL
2013 | 09-03 – 07-04 Pictura | Dordrecht NL
2013 | 21-02 – 22-02 Grote kerk | Breda NL
2013 | 12-01 – 25-04 AYA Living | Utrecht NL
2012 | 15-10 – 05-01 Huiszwaluw | Gent BE
2012 | 15-06 – 06-07 Beren in Krabbedans | Eindhoven NL
2012 | 28-05 – 29-05 Nassaudag Merkxtuin | Breda NL
2012 | 20-01 – 20-01 Cultuurnacht | Breda NL
2011 | 07-05 – 15-05 Druktemakers | ‘s-Hertogenbosch NL

 

Selected clients

Albert Heijn
Art Center Nabi
Bergwelten Magazine
Bont voor Dieren
Bravery Magazine
Chronicle Books
Dille & Kamille
EE Labels
Flow Magazine
Frankie Magazine
Happinez Magazine
Jamie Magazine
Kokboeken publishing house
Mutti
Nest Magazine
NRC Next
Pick Up Limes
Piet Hein Eek
Plint
PostNL
Quist Bookstore
Red Magazine
Rock Point publishing house
Sarah Lawrence Magazine
Shinsegae
Toi Art Gallery
Unesco
Unicef
United Nations World Food Programme
Veltman Stationery
VARA
VPRO
World Animal Protection

 

Book publications

Artist Notebook
Just add Watercolor
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Volume 1
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Volume 2
The Joy of Forest Bathing by Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Onder Moeders Vleugels by Louisa M. Alcott
Een bundeltje licht by Britt Nelissen