Marie-Alice Harel is a French author and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

She was a Geosciences PhD and researcher before jumping off the boat and becoming a full time illustrator in 2016. She hasn't looked back since and now dedicates her time and energy to develop ideas and challenge herself with new projects.

Her watercolours can be found in books, picture books, galleries and magazines. She also creates artist books, another playful way to combine images and stories. Her self-published work is signed MÄ Harel.

Teaching & Workshops : Marie-Alice joined the Edinburgh Drawing School in 2018, where she currently teaches life drawing and illustration (more about the courses here). She also loves to work with museums and galleries to design workshops around exhibitions or permanent collections. Upcoming workshop at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, for the exhibition ‘Charles II: Art & Power’ (Feb 2019).

Follow her on Instagram to see what she’s up to.





--> Author & Illustrator :

Hortari - Tales of forgotten seekers and explorers (self-published), 2017 for the softcover, 2018 for the hardback edition

Omoiyari  - Where stories come from. Limited edition of 60 copies (self-published), 2016

Hortari and Omoiyari will soon be published in France by Cipango (Spring 2019).

--> Illustrator :

Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones - Folio Society, October 2019

L'odyssée de Kumiko - Picture book, Japanese folktale (French, Gautier-Languereau Editor) - November 2018

La Princesse Grenouille - Picture book, Russian folktale (French, Gautier Languereau) - 2017



Hortari - Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 Nov - 9 Dec 2018 - SOLO SHOW

Frankenstein - Liverpool Book Art, Kirkby Gallery, UK, 17th Sept 2018 - 26 Jan 2019 - Group show

Parallel - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, U.S., 22 Sept - 20 Oct 2017 - Group show

Midnight - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, U.S., 28 Oct - 23 Nov 2016 - Group show

Tiny Homes - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, U.S., 15 Sept - 22 Oct 2016 - Group Show

Omoiyari - Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland - 6-27 July 2016 - SOLO SHOW

Artist Books - Presented at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, at the Artist's Bookmarket in 2017 and 2018.



Voyage sur la queue du vent - Illustrations for a Japanese folktale published in the January issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Veba editions) - 2019

Domoy - Tutorial and illustration for the October 2018 issue of Graphite Magazine (issue 9) - 2018

Les Patins d'Argent - Cover + 10 illustrations for the December issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2017

Amrita, Cover for the Autumn/Winter 2017 edition of the Yoga Magazine Amrita (UK) - 2017

Rois et Reines - Cover + 10 illustrations for the April issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editons). Tales "Riquet à la Houppe" and "Peau d'Ane" by Charles Perrault - 2017

L'Or de Cuzco - Illustrations for a Peruvian folktale published in the January issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2017





Work accepted into Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, volumes 24 and 26.

Illustrations and book binding for the Book Illustration Competition, organised by House of Illustration and The Folio Society:

  • Winner in 2019 - Howl’s Moving Castle

  • Longlisted in 2018 - The Adventures and memoirs of Sherlock Holmes


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