About

Foto 3-09-18 00 23 35Hi, 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.

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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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13 thoughts on “About

  1. Sorry – I do not know Dutch. Came across your project on Instagram. Very excited to see what you’re doing. Running a daily illustration / mail project, so it’s nice to see how others approach these things. Good luck to you.

  2. Hi Fenna,
    thanks for visiting my blog – which afforded me the opportunity to visit yours and discover your work. I love the postcards, they are full of life, vibrant and smart. Art, running and writing are important parts of my life, too. I am looking forward to following your blog … Kristina

  3. Fenna, thank you so much for visiting my site and deciding to add me to your busy schedule. If you’re still giving away your postcards, I’d love one, so will email you!

  4. Hello Fennabee, Thank you for visiting my site and now I can see yours, what a delight to see your making cards every day. I found the verses you choose and the sayings to be very inspirational, I had forgotten some of those sayings and appreciate the ones you have created. Your work is very original and expressive, most artists do not dare such vivid renderings, so it is refreshing to see it done. I can see certain categories emerging in you work, so perhaps it is becoming more than you expected too.
    thanks and bye for now, have to go look at the web site you posted.

  5. Just came across your site on Freshly Pressed. Your illustrations are beautiful Keep up the great work. If you have a bit of spare time feel free to check out my portfolio blog BDinaSnap or my recipe blog brendonthesmilingchef.com 🙂

  6. I’m so excited to have found your blog to begin to follow. I’m with you on loving thrift stores, bicycles, mail art, and maps. Look forward to seeing your new creations!

  7. Hello there! Your art looks excellent. Until I read your ‘About’ page I thought you were an illustrator by trade. Will follow, this all looks too delicious!

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