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Katrin Ehrlich

Biography

Katrin Ehrlich (1969) is an illustrator, printmaker, book designer, and graphic designer. She graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in printmaking and studied silk printing at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen. Ehrlich has illustrated more than 30 children’s books and received numerous awards. Ornamentation is tightly bound to rich fantasy in her cheerful-toned illustrations. Her works are held in the collections of the Estonian National Library and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, as well in private collections. Ehrlich is a member of the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association.

Having worked as a graphic designer for close to a decade, I decided to give something else a try, and so my first picture book for little kids was born. I started to like illustration so much that for the last ten years, I have been engrossed in drawing pictures for children’s books.

A children’s book is a larger whole, in which the story and the pictures must get along well with one another. I am inspired by storytelling intertwined with fantasy. Dreams and visions that words only brush upon give me the opportunity to expand the text with pictures; to develop the story further.

Profile photo: Piia Ruber

Lewis Carroll. Alice, 2015, watercolour, lead pencil, collageJuhani Püttsepp. The Hand Organ Story, 2021, watercolour, lead pencil, collageJuhani Püttsepp. The Hand Organ Story, 2021, watercolour, lead pencil, collageE. Peterson-Särgava. Old Tales about Reynard the Fox, EKM, 2019, watercolour, lead pencil, collageJuhani Püttsepp. Sliding Stories, Dolce Press, 2014, watercolour, lead pencil, collageM. J. Eisen. Water Cows, 2011, watercolour, lead pencil, collageKadri Hinrikus. Don't Worry About Me, Tammerraamat, 2018, watercolour, lead pencil, collageJussi Sutinen. "Suurerhe", Suomen Psykologinen Instituuttiyhdistys, 2016, watercolour, lead pencil, collageHeli Illipe-Sootak. A Kitty Raked the Yard, Dolce Press, 2016, watercolour, lead pencil, kollaažPiret Päär. Estonian Fairytales, Varrak, 2021, watercolour, lead pencil, collageKadri Hinrikus. Don't Worry About Me, Tammerraamat, 2018, watercolour, lead pencil, collagePiret Päär. Estonian Fairytales, Varrak, 2021, watercolour, lead pencil, collageE. Peterson-Särgava. Old Tales about Reynard the Fox, EKM, 2019, watercolour, lead pencil, collaguePiret Päär. Estonian Fairytales, Varrak, 2021, watercolour, lead pencil, collageWimberg. Mr. Toad, Varrak, 2008, watercolour, lead pencil, collageJuhani Püttsepp. Sliding Stories, Dolce Press, 2014, watercolour, lead pencil, collageJános Lackf's fairytale. Agnes and Transformers, 2012, akvarell, harilik pliiats, collage

Mr. Alley-Oop

Heidi Raba

Tänapäev
2017, 142 pp
ISBN: 9789949850648
fiction, storybook

Pelle's Best Day

Tiia Selli

Minimal House
2017, 47 pp
ISBN: 9789949817030
fiction, picturebook

Big Mistake

Jussi Sutinen

Suomen Psykologinen Instituuttiyhdistys
2016, 31 pp
ISBN: 9789526846118
non-fiction, storybook

A Kitty Raked the Yard

Heli Illipe-Sootak

Dolce Press
2016, 37 pp
ISBN: 9789949964642
fiction, poetry, picturebook

The Bear's Carousel

Olivia Saar

Tammerraamat
2013, 49 pp
ISBN: 9789949526062
fiction, poetry, picturebook

Uku and the Giraffe

Epp Annus

Päike ja Pilv
2013, 24 pp
ISBN: 9789949937059
fiction, picturebook

Happy Miia

Tiia Selli

Dolce Press
2012, 37 pp
ISBN: 9789985987155
fiction, picturebook

The Kitty Cat Book

Heli Illipe-Sootak

Dolce Press
2010, 64 pp
ISBN: 9789949212767
fiction, storybook, picturebook

Uncle Eddie

Signe Ora

Päike ja Pilv
2008, 16 pp
ISBN: 9789985977071
fiction, poetry, picturebook

Mattias and Mamma

Meelike Saarna

Tänapäev
2008, 115 pp
ISBN: 9789985626535
fiction, storybook

Oskar Goes Outside

Epp Annus

Päike ja Pilv
2006, 10 pp
ISBN: 9985977009
fiction, picturebook

Mari's Day

Epp Annus

Päike ja Pilv
2005, 10 pp
ISBN: 9949130662
fiction, picturebook
2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Diploma of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

2019

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Ernst Peterson-Särgava. Old Tales about Reynard the Fox)

2018
Latvian Children’s, Young Adult, and Parents’ Jury, 3rd place (5+) (Tiia Selli. Happy Miia)

2016
5 Best Designedd Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Juhani Püttsepp. The Grandma Who Turned into a Puppy)
Good Children’s Book (Heli Illipe-Sootak. A Kitty Raked the Yard)

2014
I Riga Picture Book Quadrennial “Picture Story”, The Prize of Sight, Latvia
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit, Special Prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (Juhani Püttsepp. Sliding Stories)

2013
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Birthday Stories)

2012
25 Best Designed Estonian Books, 2 Certificates of Merit (illustrations and design – Tiia Selli. Happy Miia)

2011
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, 2 Certificates of Merit (illustrations and design – Heli Illipe-Sootak. Kitty Cat Goes on a Trip)
Good Children’s Book (Heli Illipe-Sootak. Kitty Cat Goes on a Trip)

2010 Special Prize ‘Golden Book’ of the National Library of Estonia (Signe Ora. Riddle Me, Riddle Me, Little Leenu!)
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, 2 Certificates of Merit (illustrations and design –  Signe Ora. Riddle Me, Riddle Me, Little Leenu!)
Good Children’s Books (Heli Illipe-Sootak. The Kitty Cat Book; Peeter Volkonski. The Wind Flower and the Clock-Bear)

2009
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (The Golden Book of World Fairy Tales)
Good Children’s Book (Wimberg. Mister Toad)

2008
The Knee-High Book Competition, 1–2 place (Signe Ora. Riddle Me, Riddle Me, Little Leenu!)
Special Prize ‘Golden Book’ of the National Library of Estonia (Signe Ora. Uncle Eddie)
25 Best Designed Estonian Books, 2 Certificates of Merit (illustrations and design –  Signe Ora. Uncle Eddie)
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, 2 Certificates of Merit (illustrations and design –  Signe Ora. Uncle Eddie)

2006
The Knee-High Book Competition, 1–2 place (Signe Ora. Uncle Eddie)
Katrin Ehrlich's works have been displayed in many joint exhibitions in Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the USA.

2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books III”, Moscow, Russia

2019–2020
Jubilee exhibition “The Story Has Wings”, Rapla, Rakvere, Jõgeva, Tartu

2019
Jubilee exhibition “Drawing Stories”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn
Solo exhibition, Kostivere
Solo exhibition “Picture's Secret”, Pärnu
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “From the Mountains to the Sea”, Kraków, Rabka-Zdrój, Elbląg, Poland
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books II”, Moscow, Kolomna, Russia

2018
Book Illustration Festival BookILL Fest, Novi Sad Fair, Banat Cultural Centre Gallery in Novo Miloševo, Serbia
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Tra ghiaccio e fuoco“, Rome, Pesco Sannita, Italy

2018–2020
Exhibition of Baltic illustrators “Running with Wolves”, London, the United Kingdom; Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (“Wolf Run”), Tallinn; Gdańsk, Wrocław, Białystok, Warsaw, Płock, Szczecin, Poland; Pordenone, Italy; Vilnius, Lithuania

2018–2019
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Running with Wolves”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn

2017
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

2016
Book Illustration Festival BookILL Fest, International Book Fair, Novi Sad, Serbia
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustrators, “A Walk on the Path of Fairy Tale Together with Charles Perrault”, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Russia

2015
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia

2015–2020
International illustration exhibition, “It’s Always Tea-Time”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn; Riga, Latvia; Uusikaupunki, Finland; Gdansk, Wrocław, Toruń, Elbląg, Poland; Berlin, Germany; Szczecin, Płock, Poland; Budapest, Hungary; Oxford, the United Kingdom; Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Vyborg, St. Petesburg, Russia

2015–2016
Travelling exhibition, “Made with the Heart. Estonian Children’s Book Illustration”, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Cheboksary, Russia

2014
1st Riga Picture Book Quadrennial “Picture Story”, Latvia
European Professional Doll Art Festival, Riga, Latvia

2014–2017
“Tallinn Illustration Triennial 2013. Estonian Illustrators”, Estonia, Poland

2013
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustration, “Etelästä tuulee – Lõunatuul puhub” (The South Wind Blows), Finland

2013–2015
Exhibition by Estonian and Hungarian Illustrators, “Crisscross Stories”, Estonia, Hungary, the United Kingdom

2012–2013
Exhibition by Estonian illustrators, “Old Fairy Tales” (Brothers Grimm), Estonia, Russia

2011 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia

2011–2018
Exhibition of artists from the Baltic Sea countries, “Sea Fairy Tales”, Estonia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Estonia

2010–2011
Travelling Exhibition of Estonian Book Illustration, Russia, Finland

2009
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia

2008
Solo exhibition, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn, Estonia

2006
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia