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@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia is released under the MIT license. Current npm package version. Downloads per month on npm. Total downloads on npm. Website Follow @lekoarts_de

Minimalistic portfolio/photography site with masonry grid, page transitions and big images. Themeable with Theme UI. Includes Light/Dark mode.

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Also be sure to check out other Free & Open Source Gatsby Themes and my Personal Website.


  • MDX
  • Theme UI-based theming
  • react-spring page animations
  • Light Mode / Dark Mode
  • Masonry grid


npm install @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia

Install as a starter

This will generate a new site that pre-configures the theme including example content and additional plugins.

npx gatsby new gatsby-starter-portfolio-emilia https://github.com/LekoArts/gatsby-starter-portfolio-emilia

View the starter’s code


Theme options

Key Default Value Description
basePath / Root url for the theme
projectsPath content/projects Location of projects
assetsPath content/assets Location of assets (such as the avatar in the header)
mdx true Configure gatsby-plugin-mdx (if your website already is using the plugin pass false to turn this off)
sharp true Configure gatsby-plugin-sharp (if your website already is using the plugin pass false to turn this off)
name LekoArts The name displayed as the title on the homepage, and the link to the homepage (top left corner)
location Germany Shown below the title
socialMedia [{ title: `Twitter`, href: `https://twitter.com/lekoarts_de` }, { title: `Homepage`, href: `https://www.lekoarts.de` }] An array of objects (with the keys “title” and “href” display on the homepage. Can of course hold any kind of links (not limited to social media)
showThemeAuthor true Show the “Theme by LekoArts” in the footer
formatString DD.MM.YYYY Configure the date format for Date fields

Example usage

// gatsby-config.mjs
const config = {
  plugins: [
      resolve: `@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia`,
      options: {
          name: `Emilia`,
          location: `Paris`,
          socialMedia: [
              title: `Twitter`,
              href: `https://www.twitter.com/lekoarts_de`

export default config

Additional configuration

In addition to the theme options, there are a handful of items you can customize via the siteMetadata object in your site’s gatsby-config.mjs

// gatsby-config.mjs
const config = {
  siteMetadata: {
    // Used for the title template on pages other than the index site
    siteTitle: `Emilia`,
    // Default title of the page
    siteTitleAlt: `Emilia - @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia`,
    // Can be used for e.g. JSONLD
    siteHeadline: `Emilia - Gatsby Theme from @lekoarts`,
    // Will be used to generate absolute URLs for og:image etc.
    siteUrl: `https://emilia.lekoarts.de`,
    // Used for SEO
    siteDescription: `Minimalistic portfolio/photography site with masonry grid, page transitions and big images. Themeable with Theme UI. Includes Light/Dark mode.`,
    // Used for og:image and must be placed inside the `static` folder
    siteImage: `/banner.jpg`,
    // Set the default "lang" attribute on "html" element
    siteLanguage: `en`,
    // Twitter Handle
    author: `@lekoarts_de`,

export default config;


Please read the guide Shadowing in Gatsby Themes to understand how to customize the theme! Generally speaking you will want to place your files into src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia/ to shadow/override files. The Theme UI config can be configured by shadowing its files in src/gatsby-plugin-theme-ui/.

Adding content

Adding a new project

New projects will be shown on the index page of this theme and can be added by creating MDX files inside content/projects. General setup:

  1. Create a new folder inside content/projects
  2. Create a new index.mdx file, and add the frontmatter
  3. Add images to the created folder (from step 1)
  4. Reference your desired images as your cover in the frontmatter
  5. Write your content below the frontmatter (optional)
  6. Use defer to opt-in into Deferred Static Generation (DSG) (optional)
  7. Add a slug to the frontmatter to use a custom slug, e.g. slug: "/my-slug" (Optional)

Frontmatter reference:

cover: "./sean-foley-0JD7kvxAq0Y-unsplash.jpg"
date: "2019-09-10"
title: "Emilia"
defer: false
slug: "/my-slug"
  - Neon
  - Lights

The frontmatter alone is enough, if you’d like to add additional content you can do so by writing your content (as usual with MDX) below the frontmatter. It’ll be displayed in the header of the project below the date and areas.

Changing the “About Me” text

Create a file at src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia/texts/about-me.mdx to edit the text.

Changing the avatar

Place an image with the name avatar inside the folder content/assets (or your custom assetsPath which you defined for the theme).


You can find the extensive changelog of changes on GitHub. You’ll be able to see each patch, minor, and major changes and what pull requests contributed to them.


If you have general questions or need help with Gatsby, please go to one of the support platforms mentioned in Gatsby’s documentation. If you have a specific question about this theme, you can head to the GitHub Discussions of the repository.

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