Hi, I’m Els. So nice that you’ve arrived at my little website!
I’m an illustrator and surface pattern designer from the Netherlands, currently living in Belgium with my husband, 3 kids and my Australian shepherd dog.
I started my professional career as an art historian, researching 17th century Dutch Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. That was such an inspiring place and exciting time for me, studying these gorgeous paintings and living in this wonderful city. But ever since I was young I wanted to create and my love for pencils and paint lured me back to school again. I got a degree as graphic designer, and I now combine my learnings as art historian and my creative passion in my designs.
I’m inspired by this Golden Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, by everything nature has to offer, by lovely old picture books, beautiful patterns and old stamps. On rainy days I like to browse old National Geographic magazines.
I admire the work of Saul Bass, Paul Rand and Charley Harper. I love the bold and fresh Marimekko designs as well as the classic William Morris patterns.
In my illustrations I like to experiment with various techniques, collages and acrylics. My work has been described as colorful, playful and poetic.
The handmade totes, zipper pouches, pillows and brooches I designed and sewed are available in my Etsy shop.
Some of my fabrics are sold at Spoonflower.
I'm available for representation and licensing opportunities. Please contact me for commisions too. I would be very happy to work with you!
copyright all works Els Vlieger, 2014