About Djenné

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“With my illustrations I aim to open up new magical worlds that help the viewer to escape reality for a brief moment. Therein I try to stimulate ones fantasy. My illustration style has been described as poetic, playful, full of fantasy and magical"


Djenné (Tilburg, 1995) graduated with honors from St. Joost School of Art & Design in 2017. In 2018 she was awarded at the BoekieBoekie Start Award, where she received both the 2nd prize and the audience award. In 2019 she debuted with 'The Beast with the Power of Ten Horses'by Lida Dijkstra, which was nominated for the Flemish audience award. This book was shortly followed by Djennés first picture book 'The Firebird (De vuurvogel)' a rettelling of the ballet by Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky, written by Bette Westera. Djenné was awarded a silver European Design award for her illustrations in The Firebird.


I use a lot of different materials and techniques to come to textures and structures, which is later edit digitally. I do not aim for an already existing image in my head, but rather use coincidences and unexpected occurrences to come to surprising illustrations and powerful compositions. Shadow figures, silhouettes, paper art, fairy tales and myths are some of the sources that I use for inspiration.



2022 – Nominee – Woutertje Pieterse Prijs with Tut's Shadow (Schaduw van Toet)
2022 – Short list – Boon voor literatuur with Tut's Shadow (Schaduw van Toet)
2021 – Silver award –  European Design Awards (Book & Editorial Illustration) met The Firebird (De vuurvogel)

2021 – Nominatie Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava with The Firebird (De vuurvogel)
2021 – Geselecteerd voor Driving Dutch Design, the well-known talent development program by ABN AmroBond Nederlandse Ontwerpers and Dutch Design Foundation
2020 - Nominee Kinder- en Jeugdjury Vlaanderen with The Beast with the Power of Ten Horses (Het beest met de kracht van tien paarden)
2019 - Nominee Fiep Westendorp Stimuleringsprijs
2018 - Boekieboekie Startaward, audience award
2018 - Boekieboekie Startaward, 2nd prize


St. Joost School of Art & Design (with honor) 2013-2017
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Gent, BE) 2015-2016

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