Els Baekelandt is a freelance graphic designer and calligrapher. She graduated from Saint Lucas School of Applied Arts in Ghent, Belgium, and trained in Paris with the famous French calligrapher, Claude Mediavilla. She worked with the French poets Michel Butor, Lionel Ray and Bernard Noël, to illustrate their work, as well as artists René Laubiès and Pierre Lafoucrière. She uses a range of different techniques, including gouache, watercolour, collage, lithography, etching and monotype. In 2004, Alternatives published her illustrations of Les Mots by Vercors. Els has been working with The Burgundy Shop since 2013.