Hi, I’m Fennabee! I was born as Fenna Bouve (Fenna B., you see) in the late seventies in Ostend, a small port town -yet with cosmopolitan allures- in Belgium, by the North Sea. I moved at young age to grow up in Brussels – the beautiful chaotic capital of that same tiny Belgium.
Since 2000 I live in Antwerp, a charming provincial (river) port town with some 660.000 inhabitants, with my vegetarian superman, our two hilarious boys and two not-so-vegetarian cats.
We don’t own a car, and we proudly manage to do everything by bike, in this car-dominated city. In my parttime day job I’m a very proud campaigner for de Fietsersbond, an organisation that advocates for better bike policies. I am even more personally committed to the cause of a slow, liveable city and started a civil action group Actiegroep 30 Max!
I have a real need to be outdoors and offline sometimes. For that, I took up running in February 2014, and I proudly call myself a (little bit fanatic, I must admit) runner again since. I discovered I love to run fast & short, so I turned to track & field and run races for Beerschot Atletiek – the oldest track & field club in this city. I’m not so bad on the ‘masters’ level (age 35 and up) – I even won the golden medal on the Flemish Championships in 2017 and 2018. And more medals, it’s a bit addictive 🙂
I love drawing, it really relaxes me. Taking up thick paper, a pen, chinese ink & brushes, colour with the most vivid colours I can find. Aquarel, gouache and posca-markers are my favorites. I used to be a fierce advocate of only traditional media -nothing beats brushes, ink-, but I must admit, since I jumped on the iPad Pro + Procreate-bandwagon (together with lots of illustrators…), I mainly work digitally, in a mix of both traditional & digital media. As well for illustrations as graphic design in Photoshop & Indesign.
And for me thé discovery of the year 2018 was the wonderful and very colourful art of screenprinting! I am part of the Antwerp based screen print workshop collective Gezeever. Great place! I sell some of my prints in my Etsy-webshop.
And to add even more fun & joy to my art making, I discovered and started to love the very playful and free art form of Mail Art.
I hope I can give you some of my color energy on my website! Enjoy!
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