Bodil Jane (3/4)

We yield the floor to Amsterdam based Bodil Jane (Bodil is her first name, Jane her second: together they are her alias), who recently graduated as an illustrator. She’s already made lots of beautiful illustrations for a variety of clients.

Dear Flow blog readers,
I still work on my illustrations from home: a tiny room in Amsterdam West. All day long it’s like having to play Tetris on my desk. I always have to tidy up in between because otherwise there’d be no room for me to work. Luckily I have big windows and a lovely balcony. In summer I open the doors and enjoy my neighbor’s favorite brand of music: AndrĂ© Hazes (a popular Dutch singer). My desk is like a showcase, because the top is made of glass under which I can display my collections. Perfect for me, as I collect lots of curiosities.

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Apart from all the knickknacks I also collect books. When I was a student I lived in Copenhagen for a while. There are loads of flea markets and antique shops over there. I used to buy all kinds of little books of botanical and scientific drawings. I’m still always on the lookout for this kind of books with butterflies, fish and mushrooms.

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Apart from that I also have all kinds of illustrated books of course. One of my favorite illustrators is French Blex Bolex. This book I got from a French exchange student who shared my house for a while. It’s filled with characters such as the dancer, the thief, and the klutz. These are the bachelor and the mustache wearer.

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I like to keep inspiration scrapbooks. Every flyer, packaging or image I find too pretty to throw away I paste in here. I don’t actually use them for inspiration exactly. They are more like pictures I like to look at occasionally and sometimes they bring back memories.

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Whenever I go on a holiday or a city trip I also keep a travel journal. I paste tickets and business cards in them. I keep track of all the great spots. A while back I found something that really moved me in a charity shop in Haarlem; an anonymous travel journal from a trip to Paris from 1958. I can never resist buying something like that.

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I also keep up with things that inspire me via my Instagram (@bodiljane) and via my Tumblr diary.

x Bodil Jane