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Hello! I'm Heike, I have a background in film design and I recently completed a Master's Degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

Drawing in sketchbooks the weird and wonderful facets of everyday life, has  been a strong impulse for my work, which includes picturebooks, non-fiction children's books, illustration for chapter books but also free work.

I experiment with printing techniques such as lithography, screenprint and risography and customise my approach to each project.

I am passionate about dance and draw inspiration from poetry, film, delving into past and distant worlds, raiding flea markets, toy and junk shops.

I live in London with my two children, their imaginary guinea pig and chicken.



PRINT Magazine Awards, 1st Prize Student Category Winner Illustration, 2024

Shortlisted for Victoria & Albert Museum Illustration Award, 2024

Macmillan Prize for Emerging Illustrators, 1st prize, 2022

Buntsprecht Prize for Illustration, 1st prize, 2022

Bologna Children's Book Fair, Illustrators' Exhibition Finalists, 2024

Commarts, Shortlisted, 2024

Shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, 2023

DPictus Showcase, Publishers' Favourites Exhibition, Bologna, 2023

DPictus, Publishers' Favourites Exhibition, Bologna, 2022 

Shortlisted for Hamburg Picturebook Prize, 2021


'Pathfinder, Biblioteca Ragazzi Alliance Francaise,

Bologna, Italy, 2024

'Why do we celebrate women's art', Blackfield Creatives,

Wisbech, UK, 2024

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, 2023

Hamburg Picturebook Prize, Germany, 2021


English, German, French, Italian

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