Meet lovely Dutch kids illustrator Aniek Bartels!
Describe what you do: I am an illustrator based in The Netherlands. I love to design for conscious kids products, lifestyle products and children's books. You can recognize my work by the subtle jokes and tongue-in-cheek references, because why take life too seriously? I believe that even the heaviest subjects can benefit from a playful approach.
Where do you live? Where do you work? You can find me working from my little home studio in Hilversum, where I live with my boyfriend Ziggy and bossy cat Tante Lien. Later this year I will move to my very own studio in an old factory that is currently being converted into a creative hotspot.
Describe a typical day for you: I always start my day with a healthy breakfast with loads of fruit and cuddling with my cat. Before I open my laptop I do a morning meditation to set an intention for the day. I always work with a week schedule to stay productive. At the moment I’m working on a children’s book. So I will start with this project at 9 am and work until 6 pm. And I like to end my day with a kickboxing lesson.
Name a book that you read recently and loved: I’m a really bad reader. But As a child I loved reading the stories and poems of Annie M.G. Schmidt. And I still do! She was a Dutch writer with a big fantasy, she always came up with the most funniest words like ‘bietebauw’ and ‘roezemoes ‘. She is a big inspiration for me.
Favorite snack: I love healthy snacks! And I love to create them myself. These days I’m really into homemade vegan apple crumble!
Favorite color combination: All kinds of pink with bright orange and camel color.
What is your most treasured possession? It may sound a bit cliche, but I think my most precious possession is my dear family, boyfriend, friends and my cat.
What is the best piece of advice someone ever gave you? As a young girl I didn't have much self-confidence and I often doubted my own abilities. My mother always gave me a powerful speech; YOU WANT IT, YOU CAN DO IT, YOU DO IT! (In Dutch it sounds better, hihi). When I'm feeling insecure these days, I hear my mom say this to me to give myself some more courage.
And finally, where can we see your work?
The original design behind the Biquette Surprised Tiger blanket: