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Pareidolia Birds

Pareidolia (/ˌpærɪˈdoʊliə) is the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, usually visual, so that one sees an object, pattern, or meaning where there is none.

I’m using this phenomena as a source of endless inspiration when I use the guest bathroom at our home. While sitting there I stare at the fine lines and patterns of the floor tiles, and all kind of phantasy birds and other creatures stare back at me!

From the IG15 (Illustre Gestalten) Exhibition 2023

This is really a lucky find as it happens totally effortless and almost accidentally. I then use these “accidents” as a starting point for my character drawings, adding a few details until a new species evolves (not only of birds, but often).

From the IG15 (Illustre Gestalten) Exhibition 2023

It has now been researched that “faking” faces activate the same visual mechanisms in the brain as real ones. Obviously recognizing others is important for our coexistence and even for survival, namely being able to recognize enemies and potentially dangerous animals in time. So there is an evolutionary advantage to recognizing faces.

From the IG15 (Illustre Gestalten) Exhibition 2023

I made my pareidolia birds into a set of postcards of eight. If you’re interested in purchasing them (€ 10), please don’t hesitate to drop me a line on: info(at)

“Missing You”
“Little Things Matter”
“Best Friend”

The stuff that patterns are made of in eight weeks

“Beautiful Stillness” from my collection Roots and Wings on wallpaper

In March/April 2021 I decided to invest into my very own education and signed up for Bonnie Christine‘s Immersion course in order to learn Adobe Illustrator, the basics and advanced stages of surface pattern design, the secrets of how to become a licensing artist and — most importantly — having big dreams!

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The lonely Wolf on Print

Somewhere towards the end of a very special year, I suddenly felt a very strong urge to pull out some old fairytales and read them again. The one that always stood out for me is the Story of “The Little Red Riding Hood” — probably because since I remember I have been an anxious child, afraid of pretty much everything.

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