About

Little Vanilla is the design studio of Maria Koutamanis. She makes illustrations and surface pattern designs for babies and children. 

Maria lives in Houten, The Netherlands, together with her partner, their daughter Emily and two sweet cats. She has an educational background and a PhD in media psychology, but is very happy to have made the switch from science to freelance illustration a few years ago. 

Maria loves to draw cute characters. She finds inspiration for her work in little things in daily life, beautiful colour combinations, all things cute, and the fantasy worlds of children.

She is passionate about how beautifully designed products can make life so much happier and prettier, and enjoys being able to add to this with her illustrations.

Maria has had the pleasure to work on all kinds of projects and make designs for adorable baby clothing, toys, stamps, nursery prints and birth announcement cards. In 2019 she made the illustrations for the successful Dutch children’s book Waar Is Mijn Noedelsoep?!? (“Where Is My Noodle Soup?!?”) and in 2021 the second book in the series was published, Gebakken Rijst Met van Alles En Nog Wat!!! (“Fried Rice With Anything And Everything!!!”).

Maria is happy to discuss any collaboration ideas, commissions or licensing opportunities. 

You can contact her through maria@littlevanilla.com and follow her creative journey on Instagram @littlevanillastudio. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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