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About Cecilie Okada



Cecilie Okada

I fell in love with pattern design when I moved from Norway to Japan, guiding my illustration work towards decorative design. Serpentine curves in stylized images of the natural world now join otherwise naturalistic illustrations. 

Over the years, publishing projects involving aspects of spirituality and nature have inspired me greatly. I’m a life-long meditator. On this website, I combine artistic expression with a desire to share the beauty of the meditation journey.

"...brilliant illustrations". 
- Louise Hay, international bestselling author
"Just looking at her wonderful illustrations makes my heart sing".
Denise Linn, international bestselling author


Watercolor for Mindfulness

I have created many tutorials for painting with watercolor as an exercise for mindfulness. Getting into a creative flow is moving into a space of relaxation and joy. The tutorials come with free resources, including line art that you can trace.



Art and Design for Mindfulness

In my blog I also share what little insight I have gained from a lifelong habit of twice-daily meditation. Meditation is a wonderful tool for relaxation but also so much more. It is a means to explore the depth of your own soul. I hope that the artwork on this website will inspire your meditation efforts and your own quest for a deeper meaning.

The Shop

The items in this shop are made-to-order, making it possible to expand the selection of designs. They are produced by a high-quality supplier in the US and shipping from there. New designs and types of products are created as I go. Coloring pages for instant download offer endless hours of relaxation.

My Story

I’m a global nomad who has lived in many countries and crisscrossed the globe. When I was young, I wanted to change the world and became a yogic nun. I have also lived in New Zealand, and prior to that, in Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico where I founded a children’s home and pre-schools in slums and remote villages. Later on, I started a family and completed a design degree. Ever since it’s been a life of creative exploration and a continued spiritual journey.

Professional Background

I have been a creative professional since 1998, working with illustration, pattern design and graphic design. In Norway, my design company Okada Design AS specialized in illustration, web- and graphic design. Previously, I worked as an in-house graphic designer.

Some highlights:

  • Patterns and decorative designs licensed to nationwide department stores and brands in Japan with Cecilie O. branding
  • Illustrating 28 books, art calendars and wisdom cards for publishers in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand
  • Exhibiting at Design Museum of Barcelona (DHUB) in Spain
  • Graphic design for companies big and small and everything in-between

 Decorative design by Cecilie Okada

Client logos


Some Clients

"Cecilie has created a number of successful projects, and shows a highly professional understanding. I can thoroughly recommend her."
- Nina Norman Ferguson, Managing Editor, Cappelen Damm Publishers (Norway)

"We are really satisfied. I would abosolutely recommend Cecilie Okada"
- Trine Varøystrand, Head Designer, Høie of Scandinavia (Norway)


The following is a list of selected clients, including publishers:

AEON, Japan. Asia's largest retailer. Pattern design for product line of 9 types of bags, two umbrellas and set with apron and potholders. Cecilie O branding.

Aqua Yokohama, Japan. Nationwide gift shop retailer. Range of products with decorative illustrations. Cecilie O branding.

Arco Design/ Arco Store, Japan. Importer of Scandinavian gift and furnishing brands. Porcelain design as part of assortment by Scandinavian Pattern Collection. Fabric and stationary. Cecilie O branding.

Nakajima Corporation, Japan. Plush toy and retailing company, primary Sanrio/ Hello Kitty partner. Illustration and pattern design for the popular character Pickles the Frog; various products. Cecilie O branding.

Chi Mei Museum, Taiwan. Asia’s largest collection of Western Art. Pattern design for gift shop items. Sumito Corporation, Japan. Online flower shop. Card designs. Cecilie O branding.

Høie of Scandinavia, Norway. Household name in Norway since 1850. Pattern design for bed linens and blankets.

Cappelen Damm, Norway’s biggest publisher, since 1829. Illustration for several books, art calendars, art prints and greeting cards. Graphic design.

Aschehoug, Norway. Major publisher in Norway, since 1872. Illustration for book series.

Forma Books, Sweden. Publishing conglomerate. Art calendar, art prints.

Oslo Universitetssykehus, Norway. Joint project between Scandinavia's largest hospital and the Norwegian Ministry of Health. Illustration and design for brochures.

Gilde, Norway. Major Norwegian food brand. Illustration and design, packaging.

Aktiv Trening, Norway. Fitness centre chain. Web design.

Windpferd Verlag, Germany. Book Publisher. Illustration and design for book with wisdom cards.

AGM Müller, Switzerland. Publisher. Illustration and design for book with wisdom cards.

Findhorn Press, UK. Publisher. Illustration and design for set with wisdom cards.

Nordian, Norway. International air traffic pilot training. Cover and book design of 15 books, technical illustration, project management, logo. Design still in use since 2003 and several new editions with yearly updates.