- Marjolein Bastin
Marjolein Bastin (born 1943 in Loenen aan de Vecht) is a Dutch noted nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the mouse".
She studied at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, where she met her husband and manager Gaston Bastin. Marjolein and Gaston Bastin have a daughter, Sanna (born in 1973), and a son, Mischa (born in 1974). Sanna, married and mother of Merel and Roos, runs the "Marjolein Bastin Kadowinkel" (The Marjolein Bastin Giftshop). Mischa is a lawyer in Kansas City, USA.
From 1960-1965, she worked for different advertising agencies and publishers. Shortly after completing her studies at the Academy of Arts, her work came to be publicly recognized when she was asked to illustrate a one-page feature for the popular Dutch women's weekly Libelle.
A Hallmark designer discovered Marjolein's artwork while on a trip to Holland in the early 1990s. Today, stationery, greeting cards, home décor items, and gifts in Hallmark's Nature's Sketchbook by Marjolein Bastin line are among the company's best-selling offerings.
Many of her drawings are available as cross-stitch patterns, through Lanarte. Heye Puzzles offer Bastin's work as Jigsaw Puzzles.
- 1985 - My Name Is Vera (Vera the Mouse Series)
- 1985 - Vera's Special Hobbies
- 1985 - Vera Dresses Up
- 1985 - Vera and her Friends
- 1986 - Vera the Mouse
- 1988 - Games With Vera
- 1988 - Vera in the Garden
- 1988 - Vera in the Kitchen
- 1988 - Vera in the Washtub
- 1991 - Nature Diary
- 1991 - A little Dog for Vera
- 1994 - Flowers A to Z
- 1994 - From My Window
- 1994 - Nature's sketchbook
- 1995 - Gardener's Companion
- 1995 - A Walk in the Woods
- 1996 - Seasons of Friendship
- 1998 - Butterflies - Winged Miracles of Nature
- 2004 - View From a Sketchbook: Nature Through the Eyes of Marjolein Bastin (with Tovah Martin)
In 2000 Vera starred in a 30 min. animated movie called "Vera the Mouse: Mr. Mole's Surprise".
Thanks to the initiative of Marjolein’s daughter Sanna, the unique Marjolein Bastin Giftshop opened on May 2, 2001. The shop is located in the centre of Ede, near Arnhem, in the Netherlands. The shop features most Marjolein Bastin products currently available. The selection is very broad: dinnerware, stationary, greeting cards, clocks, frames, cross-stitch, quilt covers and decorative items.
In February 2011, the Marjolein Bastin Giftshop in Ede closed. A new webshop on the internet is expected to open in Summer 2011.
Many products are offered exclusively in Europe through The Marjolein Bastin giftshop. The products are manufactured by the American company Hallmark. A large cargo container arrives from the United States a few times a year delivering many new products to the store.
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