Ernestine Koelman grew up in a house surrounded by photography and art.

Her art work is inspired by various things: art and fabrics from Japan/China, classical music from India and the Arab World.

She studied fashion and design and illustrated a huge book for the fashion world. Travelling as much as possible, but most of all, my life with my students.

Being a teacher for almost 26 years (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) she loves her students and tries to create a safe environment for them to feel free and be creative.

“My life is always about people, and I am never tired of them, maybe because drawing, in general is very meditative, it is a way to calm myself”