Hi, I’m Manja

a visual artist, graphic recorder and designer of creative learning for primary schools based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. 

I draw to understand, explain and add a little beauty to the world. I studied fine art at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague and the New Academy Utrecht. After finishing I enrolled at Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) where I learned to transform my artistic qualities into educational art projects for kids during the post-hbo Beroepskunstenaar in de klas (Professional artist in a classroom).

Since I refuse to pin down my inquisitive mind my work is very diverse, ranging from detailed inkwork, shadow images and hand lettering to trying to understand the creative process, imagination and creative learning design. 

If you have any inquiries, please contact me through e-mail: info@manjaeland.nl


With Your Story design I use my drawing skills to visualize your story. You can hire me as a graphic recorder and illustrator. I also make explanimations.  


My work has been exhibited at: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag – Dutch Design Week – Albus Lux – Galerie Galhant – Extrapool – Grachten Galerie – Loods 6 – Emonszaak 


At Kopa (which I co-founded in 2012) I design art-education for our creative learning concept PIONIER! and educate both children and teachers. 


Prints of part of my work are for sale. You can buy them by sending me an e-mail and at Emonszaak in Nijmegen. The artwork is printed on high quality art paper sized A4 or A3. 


Observe a Fishtank is the second of five drawing lessons by Paul Klee. It’s also the title of the drawing collaboration and visual dialogue of Saskia Overzee and myself.


Xmij was made in co-creation with Manon Emons. I’s a limited edition series of loveletters printed on risograph. I made the design and wrote part of the lines.