Mapping Amsterdam

On June 14th Claudi Kessels and I gave a workshop on how to make a map. It was our first time we gave our workshop at the inspiring Atelier Oosterbosch. This meant we could start of right in the centre of Amsterdam and take a nice walk to the Bickerseiland. The lovely old Amsterdam Warehouses, the water, and the flowers in full bloom made it a really beautiful starting Point.
Taking back all our reference materials we started with making maps back at the atelier. One of our participants, Herma Starreveld, made a really nice ‘making of’ blogpost about it, including a little movie showing her map!

First time in Atelier Oosterbosch! On the left you see Claudi Kessels
Flowers and a cat on a purrrfect spot- Bickerseiland
The map of Herma Starreveld, go to‘making of’
Again we had some awesome talents at our table! You might want to check out there works:
Herma Starreveld
Jaqueline Storm
Marielle Hoekstra (SOONOK)
Caroline Vieira
Larisa Wiegant
Susanne Steenkamp
Thalysia van Esch (Stokwolf)
Martijntje van Schooten
Anita Oosterbosch

Claudi and I are making new workshop plans for after the summer holidays! If you would like some more information about that mail Claudi at or me at



Mama goes here

Going on a holiday with your little kids? No booking-stress anymore! On the site Mama goes here real parents share their personal tips for the best family holidays. I designed the logo and header for this website that is filled with the most amazing spots. My studio partner and allround brand identity developer Aura Scaringi from Mimimou did an excellent job in designing and building the site. It was fun to be working together on this project!
On the site I also share two holiday location tips from us. One where we have been two years ago (Krete), and one that was my favorite childhood camping in France.
Yes. We have been working really hard. So I guess… it’s time for a well deserved holiday!


A romantic french flower

Pink, purple and white. Those where the three colors of the romantic Bouvardia flowers that I had to design a package for. What a lovely assignment. The flowers are very sweet and candy like, so this is the feeling we needed to look for. It turned out a combination of watercolor paint for the flowers and pen for the leaves.

This Bouvardia was named Bellevardia ®, after a famous French physician in ordinary to His Majesty at the court of Louis XIII in the 17th century, Charles Bouvard. It was a beloved plant in the Jardin des Plantes, the botanical gardens in Paris, that monsieur Bouvard had founded.

Bellevardia ® package design was commissioned by Boerenjongens for Royal van Zanten, in coöperation with my agency Artbox Centre for Creation


Workshop AMSTERDAM mapmaking/productillustration

mapmaking || product illustration

DATE: 14 June 2016
TIME: 10.00 – 14.30
PRICE: € 75,– inc BTW | lunch | artmaterials | handouts
PLACE: Atelier OOSTERBOSCH | Vinkenstraat 154 • Amsterdam
SUBJECT: Amsterdam, make your own map or product inspired on Amsterdam

Atelier OOSTERBOSCH is situated in a very inspiring and central neighbourhood of Amsterdam. Therefore, we want to start the day having a short walk around this neighbourhood collecting reference material for your own map. ( ± 30 minutes)

Claudi Kessels and I have worked on a new lessonplan for this illustration workshop and will give you loads of inspiration,
relevant theory and short drawing exercises: to guide you to your own map.

If you would like to be making images, experiment with style and technique, get to know illustration as a profession, get back to the drawing table, meet inspiring people or want to work on a portfolio piece this is something for you! Please contact us for more information or have a look at our website. || ||

Atelier Oosterbosch


summerinthecity Summer in the city, illustration by Claudi Kessels


Map of walking route through Bergen for Libelle

Detail of Map Bergen

Map of walking route through Leeuwarden for Libelle



De Toffe Toko Singel 105

The third edition of Pop-up store De Toffe Toko will take place the 7th and 8th of may on this supertoffe location! You can find some of my ceramics there I didn’t show before, some prints, and postcards. Check out my new ‘Blossom Bunny’ card in my series below. New artists have joined the party such as Mister Lennart Wolfert!

Amsterdam – Singel 105

7 may 10.00 – 18.00
8 may 10.00 – 18.00

Save the date!
logo de toffe toko


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