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Morning Person of the Day: Karoline Holhjem

Meet Karoline Holhjem, illustrator and CreativeMornings/Oslo attendee.


What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?

Whenever I attend CreativeMornings I do “creative notetaking”. Once there was an Instagram competition and I posted a photo of my doodling, and I won! I received one course at for free! I choose “The Power of Body Language”, and it has helped improve my confidence and I still find it so intriguing.

I think my favourite thing about CM is going outside early even when I’m super tired, and walking into a room with a warm atmosphere and friendly people. And by the time I leave I feel inspired and ready to try more than before.

Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

There are three things I want my daily work to consist of: Illustration, writing and psychology. My style evolves around surreal worlds and fantastic creatures, hopefully awaking thoughts, feelings and even laughter. I want to combine these three passions so that what I create will leave an impact for the better in people’s lives.

What are your ideal conditions for your creativity?

My ideal conditions for my creativity is a big desk space with all my equipment available. I love to work in the morning, and late at night. But creativity flows whenever I get into producing. The more I create – even if it’s hard at first – the more ideas and motivation I get. The important thing for me is to not take in the pressure and restrict myself, but keep exploring and have fun.

What’s one insight from your expertise that you’d like to share, and empower, others in the community?

It’s important to remember why you started. There’s a lot to illustration that isn’t what I dreamed about, but as a freelancer it’s not possible to choose only the best jobs. That’s why knowing why you started – and putting aside time to do exactly the type of work that makes your heart sing – is so important!

Tell me something about yourself that I can’t find on Google.

If I had to stay in one place for the rest of my life I would be sitting by the seaside.

Portrait by: Pernile. Hero image by: Alex Asensi.

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