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Hi there! My name is Ulrike Mieke, I’m a freelance Illustrator and Designer from South Africa currently living in Brighton, UK with my husband. I love drawing people, places and ladybugs! Inspired by my childhood, and exploring themes around grief and mental health. My focus is on children's illustration however I love creating thoughtful and imaginative drawings for magazines, newspapers and greeting cards for local markets.  


I recently completed my MA in Illustration at Falmouth University. When I'm not drawing, you can find me at various locations, hosting the #TDKTuesday meet-ups, in partnership with The Design Kids or lecturing part-time at BIMM University.


I offer services in branding, illustration commissions, window and mural painting and love to host workshops! If you have a project in mind,  pop me an email and I'll get back to you!

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Maddie and the Night, Imagnary House Cape Town 2021 (Self-Published)

The Boy who only ate Pancakes, BookDash 2021


CreativeBoom Feature 2023

Women of the City Blog 2020

Women of the City Article 2020 - View Article


Stellenbosch University 2018 

Ja magazine 2019 


Guest Speaker on Professional Practice, Stellenbosch University 2023


I really enjoyed working with Ulrike. I was under the impression that I could do my branding and website myself since I had the time but I was sorely mistaken. Having an idea is one thing, but implementing it proved to be more a lot more difficult. I loved that Ulrike really listened to what I had in mind. She was able to bring in all the aspects I asked of her and to create a branding image I imagined but had no idea how to put in place. She took the time to get to know me and what exactly it was I was looking for and in what direction I wanted my business to go. She was always available for all my questions and flexible to any changes I wanted to make. Ulrike does a really great job and her prices are very reasonable. I hope to get the chance to work with her in the future.

- Natalie Bester Branding & Web Design


Selected Clients

Stellenbosch University
Hale Hair Salon
Karoo Felt
Hope through Action
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