nataliaoroGermany & Switzerland, DE
Hi, my name is Natalia and I’m an illustrator and designer based in Frankfurt, Germany and Basel, Switzerland who specializes in surface design, travel and food illustration. I have more than 12 years of experience in design and in the last few years I focused on illustration and pattern design. Since I was able to hold a pencil I’m continuous drawing and creating and I’m passionate about sketching, illustrating and crafting.
I have an inquisitive mind, love to explore new themes and believe in life-long learning. The artwork I create is playful and colorful with a pinch of humor. The nature and the trips to foreign countries with their exotic flavors are huge source of inspiration for me.
When I’m not illustrating you can find me exploring new areas either near home or somewhere in the world or cooking new delicious recipes and afterwards illustrate them. If you are looking for a detail obsessed illustrator who can create appealing and beautiful artwork for your products or publications, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Maps By nataliaoro
My Happy Place is the Rhein Riviera in Basel. Here at the river banks is the place where the life happens and everybody gathers. I enjoy the Riviera all year long - to walk when it is cold or to sit there after a swim, grab a drink and some food, draw, play board games, listen to an improvised concert or just to look at the river and the hustle and bustle inside it.
The ‘24 Stops’ walk or also called Rehberger-Weg is around 5 km long, runs between Switzerland and Germany and links two of my favorite museums - Fondation Beyeler and Vitra Campus & Vitra Design Museum. Along the path are placed 24 sculptures, created by the artist Tobias Rehberger. The route runs through meadows, vineyards and you can enjoy a lot of beautiful sights. This is my favorite walk in the spring.
This 5 km route is my favorite Sunday stroll in Basel. Most of the time you can walk along Rhine or also swim into it in the summer. The walk includes some history buildings like the Basler Muenster and Letziturm and a little bit of culture in Kunstmuseum and Museum Tinguely. For the thirsty ones the mini truck Kaffee-Mobile offers delicious coffee and other refreshing beverages. Not to forget on this route the vegan donut shop Mystifry with incredible yummy creations.
The summer in Basel is hot, vibrant and full of life. The people in this beautiful city spent their spare time outside and everybody gathers at and in Rhine. „Rheinschwimmen“ (swimming in Rhine) is very popular and during the summer months you can see thousands of people swimming. After the swim it is relaxing time and the locals love to grab a refreshing drink or some delicious food at the buvettes along the river. A buvette is a kind of kiosk, bar or café mostly in a container which sells beverage and food. Every year the buvettes are build up in the beginning of spring and they remain there till the fall begins. Sometimes you can listen to a small improvised concert of street musicians.
The moon phases as well its position in relation to the different zodiac signs has an affect on the plants´ growth. There are four elements - earth, water, air and fire, that correspond to the zodiac signs. Each of these elements is responsible for the best crop of different kinds of plants, so there is a different day for planting and gardening each of them. In the illustration you can see the relation between the moon, zodiac signs and the plants for each phase.
Frankfurt has a long tradition of selling fresh products on the streets. There have been farmers' markets in Frankfurt since the 12th century. The map shows six of the overall 20 farmers' markets, which exist in the city of Frankfurt nowadays. Each district has its own one an a particular day of the week from Tuesday to Saturday.
During the lockdown I am often not sure which day it is because every day is like the day bevor. I developed a daily routine which helps me to stay physically and mentally healthy and to make the current situation more comfortable and pleasant.
Shall I go to the left or shall I go to the right? This is the only decision that I have to make in the last two months depending if I just go for a walk or have to buy something. The map shows my neighborhood and the places I’m visiting during the lockdown.
This map shows small cafés, restaurants and shops in my neighborhood which I love very much. They all are located along one street named Leipziger Strasse. During the Covid-19 crisis these small businesses are having a hard time. So I think is very important to support them through this difficult time.
Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city and is located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet. It has over 40 museums and one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe with narrow streets and over 300 fountains. The architecture in Basel is an eclectic mixture from medieval and modern buildings. And last but not least the city has a huge variety of restaurants, cafés and bars with delicious international food in fancy locations. This map show some of my favorite places there.
Lagos is very special for me because is one of the best places for vegetarian in Portugal. The week that I spent there was not enough to try all the restaurants with delicious plant based food in this lovely city on the Algarve.
Tenerife was the first of the Canary Islands that I visited a few years ago. The reason for the trip was my wish to experience the second biggest Carnaval in the world after Rio de Janeiro. And it was amazing! I was even more impressed by its lovely nature parks with volcano and moon landscapes, the diversity of plants, sweet little towns loaded with history, delicious food, a lot of sun and mild temperatures in February! So after this trip I was sure that I have to visit the remaining six islands of this beautiful and very special place for me!
Over the last few years I visited all these places in beautiful Switzerland. I felt in love with the lakes, gorgeous mountains and historic towns. This little country has everything what I fancy: chocolate, cheese, stunning nature and maybe the happiest cows in the world.
Recently I visited Gran Canaria and the island became instantly one of my favourite places. I love its incredibly Iong beaches, dunes of white sand, beautiful mountains, stunning nature, picturesque villages and different climates with long days full of sunshine. Due to this variety it is often described as a "continent in miniature". The map shows the places I visited on the island, but there is much more to discover.