Author Archives: Johanna

Vezo village of Andavadoaka in South West Madagascar

Madagascar!!!

I am in Madagascar since mid March. As I wrote in my previous blogpost, I started a sabbatical year with my husband and our first destination was a small fishing village on the west coast of Madagascar. For six weeks we worked as volunteers for a British NGO, Blue Ventures, supporting in their education programme, engaging with local communities on the topic of marine resource management and drafting a report about BV’s strategy in the region. Continue reading

Hand drawn illustration of New York buildings

Thank you for having faith in me

A few months ago a couple from New York contacted me and asked me to do their ‘Save the date’ cards and wedding invitations. I was really excited to have my very first overseas clients and I liked the task a lot. They had precise ideas of what they wanted and it included buildings too- yeeeey!

I started working on this project just after the Christmas holidays and it took me a few days (and design attempts) to ease into it, but now I’m confident about the outcome. Continue reading

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Keep going!

This is the hardest time of the year in Belgium. There is barely any light, it rains a lot, it is cold and I spend most of my time in an office where we are not exposed to any natural light. Even though I was very enthusiastic about having an office job in December, the first two weeks after the holidays were quite a struggle. Every morning I’d ask why do I have to keep going?!

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Part time job, full time artist

Part time job, full time artist

For the last three months I was working in an office, living the ‘part time job, full time artist’ life.

Back in the summer of 2014 I applied for a very interesting position, made it to the last round of interviews and was deeply disappointed when the job was given to the other finalist. I was told that it was a difficult decision and we should stay in touch… I believed it and did keep in touch. I applied for something else, that didn’t work out either and I eventually gathered my courage to abandon the “ordinary path” and start a full time creative career.

A year later, I was offered the exact same job. The candidate who was selected over me was expecting a baby and they needed a maternity replacement. Continue reading

Bazaar Christmas Market Brussels

Bazaar Christmas Market

I have an Irish friend in Brussels (since this spring) who is working with vintage textiles and is eager to build a creative community in the European capital. For the second year in a row, she organised the Bazaar Christmas Market, gathering upcoming talents from Brussels for a day of winter fun. I was one of the people who had a chance to put her home-made, unique items up for sale ahead of the holidays. Continue reading

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Sharing some secrets

We are nearing the festive season and I will participate in two different, crafty Christmas markets in the next few weeks. Having started on this freelance illustration path a little over a year ago, I still don’t have much experience with markets and art-fairs, but I really look forward to engaging with people face-to-face as opposed to over Facebook.

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