Upcoming show at Museum Arnhem!

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in
Merlijne Marell, Gelders Balkon #31
24.03 – 11.06.2017

From the 24th of March I will exhibit at the stunning balcony of Museum Arnhem. Guest Curator Victoria Anastasyadis invited me to create new work, inspired by the pottery of the Arnhem Fayence Factory, which will be shown in the connected dome room. More information (in Dutch) on the website of Museum Arnhem.

December gift wrapping

The days are getting shorter and darker. Inside it is warm and cozy, and the lovely gift season is coming closer! For the month of December I designed a special wrapping paper that suits both the Christmas and the Dutch Sinterklaas gift traditions. This atmospheric illustration is printed in sheets of 50 x 70 cm, on a solid quality matte paper. Find it in my shop!

Schobbejacques at Rijksmuseum!

22.09.2016 - 17.02.2017

Some of the original illustrations of Schobbejacques en de 7 geiten are now on show at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam! In de beautiful building of the Teekenschool you can see the original artwork of seven award-winning books. The aim is to offer picture book illustration a platform and to learn children to look at art through the artwork they know from their own children's books. Entry to the exhibition is free and open daily from 10:00 to 16:00.

In December I'll give a drawingclass for children at the Teekenschool. This is already fully booked.

Schobbejacques at the Stedelijk Museum

26.08 - 30.10.2016

Annual presentation of the most outstanding book designs of the previous year (2015). A Dutch-Flemish jury selected fifty books: 33 Dutch publications and 17 Flemish titles, and Schobbejacques en de 7 geiten is one of them!

Some beautiful words of the jury:
First and foremost the colour palette is a big succes, with those deep purplish orange and greenish shades. Together they conjure up a wondrous imaginary world. This really appeals to the imagination sums up the general view. It's a real tour de force to print these woodcuts in waterless offset. It's just fantastically well printed. Everything about this book is right.


25.06 - 02.10.2016

This fancy display of Museum Arnhem shows you the hand-printed edition of Schobbejacques en de 7 geiten. The book is part of the retrospective Parelgoud. Plaatsmaken for artists and art on the occasion of 30 years Plaatsmaken. A beautfiful exhibtion about printmaking.

new work

A client asked me to make something for a vet, inspired by her logo with a dog, a cat and a rabbit. I made this series of three illustrations, with each animal in its own little world.

book presentation and workshop at Huiszwaluw

12 March 2016
On Saturday the 12th of March Huiszwaluw and Uitgeverij Loopvis organize a special afternoon. Come and be enchanted by the story of Schobbejacques and seven goats by Merlijne Marell. And seize this opportunity to turn your copy of this wonderful book into a collector's item, with a personal illustration of Merlijne. Or join the walk-in workshop, where you easily create a beautiful diorama, in a glass jar, cigar box or carton.

12.03.2016 | 15:30
Huiszwaluw, Hoogpoort 3b, Ghent

Best Verzorgde Boek 2015!

22 February 2016
Whoopee, Schobbejacques en de 7 geiten is one of the Best Dutch and Flemish Book Designs 2015!

Publishers, commisioners, designers, printers and binders have submitted books that appeared in 2015 amounting to 410 books in total. They were judged by a Dutch-Flemish panel consisting of Carolien Glazenburg (curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Wouter Roelants (bookseller and publisher), Luc Derycke (designer, Ghent), Koen Brams (former director Jan van Eyck Academie & former chief editor De Witte Raaf) and Freek Kuin (creative director at printer robstolk®). The books that they have selected distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship. www.bestverzorgdeboeken.nl/