Katrin Ehrlich

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

 

Illustrated books

Happy Miia

2012

Mari's Day

2005

Translations

Awards

2021
International Illustration and Book Design Competition  "Image of the Book/Obraz Knigi", Moscow, diploma
Good Children's Book (Piret Päär. Estonian Fairytales)
Edgar Valter Illustration Award, nominee

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)

Exhibitions

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.

2022
International exhibition of illustration "Fox Spirit. Fox Charm", Estonian Children's Literature Centre

2021
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Exhibition of Baltic illustrators "Running with Wolves. Werewolf", Napoli, Rome, Frigento, Italy
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial TIT 2020, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Russia
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Leafing Through Estonian Children's Books IV", Moscow, Russia
TIT 2020 & "Leafing Through Estonian Children's Books IV", Mytishchi, Russia
"Fables for Robots", Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Central Library of Lääne County, Estonia; Gdansk, Poland
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Fox Spirit. Fox Charm", Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu, Estonia
Children's Books' Illustrations from Estonian artists", Kehra, Estonia
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "From the Mountains to the Sea", Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu, Estonia
Exhibition of Estonian artists "Christmas Tale", Syktykvar, Komi Republic
"Leafing Through Estonian Children's Books V", Pskov, Russia
"Little Grimm", Kostivere, Estonia
Participation in Sharjah Exhibition for Children's Books Illustrations, The United Arab Emirates
International art project with "Studio 14" "Кицунэ. Лисьи чары", St. Petersburg, Russia

2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books III”, Moscow, Russia
International illustrations exhibition "It's Always Tea-Time", Vyborg; St. Petersburg; Kondas Centre, Viljandi, Estonia

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

2019
Jubilee exhibition “Drawing Stories”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn
Solo exhibition "Spring Whisper", Kostivere, Estonia
Solo exhibition “Picture's Secret”, Pärnu, Estonia
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

About the author

2020
Story time with Katrin Ehrlich (video)

2019
Happy Miia Received an Award in Latvia

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