marenthe - illustration and graphic design

Marenthe Otten

illustration | design | art

represented by
Lilla Rogers Studio


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Marenthe’s Story

Welcome to the daring design world of Marenthe. She invites you in to discover her captivating characters, luscious lettering and bonkers botany. Marenthe is an illustrator of wondrous things, graphic designer, typographer, concept-maker and adventurer. Her work is radically different and sought after by the sharp and shrewd across the globe.

Marenthe’s sense of adventure began at an early age. The family home in the south Netherlands offered many a make-believe world and plenty of hiding places. The wild garden boasted a forest where Marenthe spent hours playing and discovering.

Marenthe’s bedroom balcony, overhung by a cherished cherry tree, was a place to wonder – at life, love and how to reach the cherries on the farthest branches.

Marenthe’s parents loved her fiercely and fervently with a feast of experiences and creative nurturing. Her father was a photographer of nature and believer in beauty. He would often head out in the dead of night armed only with his makeshift shelter and trusty camera to take photos of foxes and deer. By day he snapped birds, butterflies and three of his favourite people; Marenthe, her mother and little brother.

Marenthe got her own camera at the age of 5. “That's where I learned to observe and watch. I took photographs, drew, painted and wrote all the time. I could escape into the forest and my very own world, where the animals were my friends. I spent so much time with my dog, the rabbits, a tame magpie and a jackdaw. My father had 100 owls… I’m not kidding. I still love drawing flowers, butterflies and birds.”

Her mother was a free spirit. She was Marenthe’s guiding light when it came to travel, treasures and crafts. She took Marenthe with her on her travels to far-flung places, exhibitions and cultural activities. Marenthe was inspired and hooked. She dried flowers, sewed textiles, made jams and collected keepsakes. She knitted her own pullovers (and by the age of 15 had filled her wardrobe with 20 self-made items of clothing). The piles of 1950s and '60s magazines in her mother's attic provided another source of raw material.

Marenthe studied at the Academy of Arts, Graphic Design and Illustration in Belgium, graduating cum laude in 1994. Soon after, Marenthe co-founded Studio 't Brandt Weer. She was instrumental in the company's development and success for 10 years, producing cutting edge designs that gained the Studio acclaim across the Netherlands.

Marenthe retains the playful, eclectic wonder she discovered as a child. She travels extensively and often revisits her collection of paraphernalia (or her mum's attic) to find more creative inspiration.

Marenthe has a passion for creating and an unquashable desire to share the wonders of nature, love and happiness with the world. She does this from her shop and studio in The Hague, looking out over a beautiful garden visited, this time, by animals of the city. She shares the space with a talented silversmith, who is also her partner in crime (and creativity). 

Marenthe’s list of clients includes POST NL (Dutch Royal Mail), The Children's Book Museum, Succes Agenda and Philips. International clients include Musee Corse (Museum of Corsica, France), Elle Girl Korea and Roger La Borde London.

Marenthe’s work has been recognised in Europe, Asia and the United States. She has won a number of prestigious international awards, including a European Design Award (silver) and Merits from the Art Directors Club, New York. Marenthe was shortlisted for an award from the Type Directors Club Tokyo and has been nominated several times for the Dutch Design Awards.

As well as Marenthe (the brand), Marenthe (the person) founded and designs a celebratory array of birth and wedding cards and stationery. Each is like a fanfare in an envelope!

Marenthe loves to spend time with her partner and two children, who provide a constant source of inspiration and learning. She loves yoga, food, flowers, reading books, writing and cooking.

To be a part of this unique creative process - to be the inspiration for new images, quirky phrases, intriguing or funny characters - commission Marenthe to design something truly amazing for you.