marenthe - illustration and graphic design

Marenthe Otten

illustration | design | art

represented by
Lilla Rogers Studio

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Testimonials

'Roger la Borde were delighted to commission and publish a range of quirky, individual cards. Marenthe is responsive, inspiring and fun to work with'.

Alison Solnick, Roger La Borde - London
 

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'In a poster for Villa Basta, Marenthe Otten scatters casually drawn decorative lettering across a photograph of an elderly woman wearing the traditional clothes of a peasant. The crudely formed letters carry associations of folk art, while also recalling the doodled letterforms found in contemporary work by designers such as Ed Fella in the US and M/M in France. The graphic and photographic layers clash awkwardly, yet the poster still knits together as an image.’

Rick Poynor in Kwintessens

Rick Poynor is a British writer on design, graphic design, typography and visual culture. He began as a general visual arts journalist, working on Blueprint magazine in London. After founding Eye magazine, which he edited from 1990 to 1997, he focused increasingly on visual communication. He is writer-at-large and columnist of Eye, and a contributing editor and columnist of Print (magazine).
 

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'Marenthe is an inspiration – for both the magazine I publish and me personally. The way she translates the material is emotionally striking and incredibly special. I have worked with Marenthe now for five years and she consistently manages to touch me with the work she makes for my magazine.'

Veronique Wertz, Creative Director Lotje & Co Magazine
 

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For Happinez Magazine, visual storytelling is just as important as the wisdom we share in words. Marenthe’s art work is layered and full of meaning; it can really complete content, making it beautiful, inspirational and attractive. Her art work is distinctive and yet speaks a universal language: the one that goes straight to the heart.

Eveline Helmink, Happinez Magazine
 

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What kind of designer were you looking for? 

'I was looking for a designer that would be able to create, in terms of style and approach, a design strikingly different from the previous birth and love stamps, yet remaining within the realm of illustration.'
 

Why did Post NL choose Marenthe?

'The work of Marenthe is ideal for both subjects because the feelings her work evokes fit so well with love and birth. The work has a soft, pleasant feel; you can call it tender and romantic. It’s also distinctive and personal enough to avoid clichés.'
 

Tell us a little about the process of working with Marenthe.

'I would describe working with Marenthe as very enjoyable and constructive. She seeks to create the very best and is therefore prepared to produce many sketches. Eventually this leads to a concept where everything is complete - where both the client and the designer are more than enthusiastic about the outcome.'
 

Would you recommend Marenthe to other clients and, if so, why?

'We wanted to surprise our customers with something new (Marenthe’s designs were the first reincarnation of these stamps for 10 years). The fresh, new designs had a very positive response from the audience. I would certainly highly recommend Marenthe to other clients.'
 

Julius Vermeulen, Post NL
 

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'It's a pleasure to work with Marenthe. The warmth and cheerfulness of her illustrations is a reflection of her personality … In our assignments Marenthe has had to work with several budget constraints but has always been very proactive in finding solutions that were cost efficient and effective.'

Karlijn Henquet, Fabsworld

 
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'For us, Marenthe is a bit like the Dutch Keri Smith.'

Astrid van der Hulst, Creative Team – Flow Magazine