Part of a children's comic for the Maritime and Beachcomber Museum
Jolet Leenhouts is a Dutch illustrator who lives and works on the isle of Texel. She studied graphic design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. During this period, she published her first comics and cartoons in Stripje and a couple of student magazines. Upon graduation in 1978 she commenced working as an illustrator and graphic designer on a professional base for clients like Milieueducatie, the publishing house Sara and the Dutch School Television.
Early comic art by Jolet Leenhouts from the 1970s
Her focus eventually became solely illustration. She made a weekly comic called 'De vier-vijf-zes' in Taptoe with Bies van Ede (1983-1984), and made illustrations for the Malmberg magazines, but also for publishers like Wolters Noordhoff and Meulenhoff. After the birth of her son, she created a series of songbooks for toddlers called 'Zingen is leuk' in cooperation with publisher Trude van Waarden.
She also made comics for Opzij, as well as cartoons for Anbo, De Volkskrant, WVC, Vernieuwing, Teleac and Onkruid. She has developed several projects for the Maritime and Beachcomber Museum on Texel, inclusing a hunt, a game box and a cookbook.