Esther Loopstra Behind the Scenes and #BeyondDesign


Esther Loopstra is the creator of colorful, whimsical, beautiful work and her designs bring a smile and perhaps a hint of nostalgia to people everywhere. In addition to creating work for curious consumers, her clients range from Google to Target and Seattle Chocolate.

For the last six years, Esther has taught at Cornish College of the Arts to help new designers develop their skills.  Taking that practice a step further, she expanded her teaching beyond design students to encourage a broader audience to find a creative voice in her aptly named workshop “Finding your Creative Voice.” At Bend Design, Esther will be teaming up with Troy Allen Coleman for their workshop “Play, Creativity and Problem Solving” that will help you crack through any creative barriers.

Look no further than Esther’s blog to see that her imaginative spirit runs deep. That is a good place to start to get to know the artist behind the whimsical work but here are a few more insights into who Esther Loopstra is when she is not teaching or creating:

Who is your hero?
I don’t really have a hero but anyone who creates something new, follows their inner guidance, finds more personal freedom or helps others to find their voice is an inspiration to me.

Quote to live by?
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Albert Einstein

Favorite Instagram account?
@designfortoday – posts mid-century design and illustration
@chrispiascik – daily hand lettering
@thegreaterbombay – posts daily views of the patterned ceilings of Bombay cabs

What are you reading for fun right now?
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (not 50 shades of grey) a dystopian novel where the rules of society are shaped by people’s ability to see hues on the color spectrum.

What is always in your carry on when you travel?
A swimsuit, but I rarely use it

Where are 3 places you always go when you host people in your city?
Pike Place Market, Gasworks Park, Downtown Library

Your super power?
My Intuition

How do you spend your last $5 in a foreign country?
We just came back from 2 weeks in Canada and spent our last $20 on chocolate bars that we can’t get in the US. No regrets.

Price is Right or Wheel of Fortune?

What are you most looking forward to doing in Bend in October?
Meeting people, getting creatively inspired, eating good food and exploring the town.