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Marja-Liisa Plats

Biography

Marja-Liisa Plats (1984) is an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, and singer. She graduated from Tartu Art College in photography and is a member of the Young Authors' Association in Tartu and the Tartu Artists' Union. Plats has illustrated more than 40 children’s books and regularly contributes to the children’s magazine Täheke. She has received extensive recognition for her works and was twice listed in the White Ravens catalogue. Her illustrations are inquisitive and experiment with a broad range of visual techniques.

When I was asked as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was terrified. I was too little to think about going to work! Since I drew all the time, though, I soon wanted to become an “artdist” – the word “artist” in Estonian was a very difficult to pronounce (kunstnik), just like my own complex name, about which I was awfully shy. Luckily, Estonian kids have much harder names today, which is also logical – children are constantly getting smarter.

Profile photo: Piia Ruber

Tia Navi. Seven Little Elephants, Kirisild, 2016, acrylicTia Navi. Seven Little Elephants, Kirisild, 2016, acrylic, digital treatmentTia Navi. Seven Little Elephants, Kirisild, 2016, acrylic, digital treatmentTia Navi. Seven Little Elephants, Kirisild, 2016, acrylicIndrek Koff. Homewards, Härra Tee ja Proua Kohvi, 2014, watercolourHeli Illipe-Sootak. Pörkölt, Tiritamm, 2012, ink, digital treatmentLoone Ots. Stories of Famous Estonians, Menu, 2016, lead pencil, digital treatmentLoone Ots. Stories of Famous Estonians, Menu, 2016, lead pencil, digital treatmentEpp Annus. The Car and the Moose, Päike ja Pilv, 2013, lead pencil, ink, watercolour, digital treatmentEpp Annus. The Car and the Moose, Päike ja Pilv, 2013, lead pencil, ink, watercolour, digital treatmentReeli Reinaus. Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werewolf, Päike ja Pilv,2017, ink, digital treatmentReeli Reinaus. Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werewolf, Päike ja Pilv,2017, ink, digital treatmentReeli Reinaus. Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werewolf, Päike ja Pilv,2017, ink, digital treatmentReeli Reinaus. Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werewolf, Päike ja Pilv,2017, ink, digital treatmentReeli Reinaus. Marius, Magic, and Lisa the Werewolf, Päike ja Pilv,2017, ink, digital treatment

The Evil Fish Café

Hasso Krull

Kaksikhammas
2019, 39 pp
ISBN: 9789949999149
fiction, picturebook

How the Twins Grew Up

Milutin Duričković

Translator: Jüri Talvet
Avita
2019, 62 pp
ISBN: 9789985222799
fiction, storybook

Homeward

Härra Tee & proua Kohvi
2014, 48 pp
ISBN: 9789949339396
fiction, picturebook

Miss Whirlwind

Eva Koff

Päike ja Pilv
2012, 32 pp
ISBN: 9789949921096
fiction, storybook

2021

The White Ravens (Triinu Laan. John the Skeleton’s Goings-On)
Annual International Contest ‘Image of the Book/Obraz knigi’, Moscow, laureate (Triinu Laan. John the Skeleton’s Goings-On)

2020

Good Children's Book (John the Skeleton’s Goings-On )
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (John the Skeleton’s Goings-On )
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Special Prize of the Estonian Children's Literature Centre (John the Skeleton’s Goings-On )

2019

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (Hasso Krull. The Evil Fish Café)
Good Children’s Book (Hasso Krull. The Evil Fish Café)
Edgar Valter illustration prize nominee

2018

The White Ravens (Reeli Reinaus. Maarius, Magic, and Liisi the Werewolf)
Nukits competition, 2nd place (Mika Keränen. The Good Ship Jõmmu, The Phantom Cyclist)

2017

25 Best Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (Reeli Reinaus. Maarius, Magic, and Liisi the Werewolf)
Good Children’s Books (Reeli Reinaus. Maarius, Magic, and Liisi the Werewolf; Mika Keränen. The Phantom Cyclist)

2016

Good Children’s Book (Reeli Reinaus. How My Dad God a New Wife)

2015
Good Children’s Book (Juhani Püttsepp. The Society of Gibraltar Ship Dogs)

2014

25 Best Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Indrek Koff. Homeward)

2011

Karl Eduard Sööt Children’s Poetry Award (Wimberg. Rock'n'Roll)
The Knee-High Book Competition, 1st place (Eva Koff. Miss Whirlwind)
Good Children’s Books (Mika Keränen. The Mysterious Flower Snatcher, Wimberg. Rock'n'Roll)

2008
The White Ravens (Triinu Ojar. The Big Black Dog)

2007

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Estonian Graphic Designers’ Associations’ Special Prize for a young artist (Triinu Ojar. The Big Black Dog)

2006

The Knee-High Book Competition, Special Prize (Triinu Ojar. The Big Black Dog)
2019
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “From the Mountains to the Sea”, Kraków, Rabka-Zdrój, Elbląg, Poland

2018–2019
Exhibition of Baltic illustrators “Running with Wolves”, London, the United Kingdom; Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn; Gdańsk, Wrocław, Warsaw, Poland

2018

Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Running with Wolves”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Masters of Estonian children’s books“/“Power of Pictures“ in Russia: Krasnoarmeysk, Moscow

2017

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

2015

Solo exhibition, Mooste, Estonia
"The Story of a Picture" (together with Kristina Viin), Tartu, Estonia
Baltic Illustration, Vilnius, Lithuania

2012

"Line", Tartu, Estonia

2010–2011

"A Display of Affection" (together with Kristina Viin and Huup), Tallinn, Tartu, Võru, Estonia

2010

Spring Exhibition of Estonian Illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn