Gemma Koomen finds inspiration in vintage books from second-hand shops; which makes sense if you scroll through her Instagram page. A vintage, nostalgic, quality shines through her gouache and ink illustrations, reminding us of a long lost childhood.
According to Koomen, her artwork is driven by a desire to capture little moments of calm and joy, with each piece recreating the familiar and domestic into elements of magical possibility.
As a child, she would immerse herself in imaginary worlds created with crayons and pencils on the backs of her artist father’s rejected screenprints, on walls, and underneath furniture. But it was only much later in life that she honed her craft by completing a Masters in Illustration.
Now, you can enjoy her magical creations on her Instagram page or purchase selected prints on her online store.