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Hackney Cut

Last year I moved my studio back home and set up in the corner of a room overlooking the River Lea and Hackney Cut. With one of the finest views in east London I quickly set to work on this illustration. The project began with taking photos of the activity on the towpath and sketching the most frequent passers. Some of my favourites are the swans and cormorant who have a strong contrast but co-exist happily, often cosying up by the weir; the shaggy black dog who walks past every day and seems so joyful to be outdoors that it always makes me smile to see him; and the great swaying plane trees who watch over everyone.

The illustration follows the style of the Picton Pattern, except its current format benefits from the inky texture of the gouache paint. A few weeks ago photographer Jørn Tomter visited me to document the progress of the painting for I Love Chatsworth Road.

I also couldn’t help turning this illustration into a pattern as it lends itself well to a repeat. I hope to see it as a wallpaper eventually.

 Zosienka Hackney Cut IllustrationZosienka Hackney Cut Pattern



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King of the Kitchen

Zosienka Kitchen Cat


December 4, 2013 · 7:29 pm


I used to live on Kingsland Road, and rather like the idea of this print by VicLee. I’ve seen etched old prints before, depicting the history of a city, but here is a beautifully executed contemporary document, marking the life of a place important in our times.

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Messages from dead sparrows

A strange thing happened this week. On my way to St Pancras early last Sunday morning, I saw a poor little sparrow lying by my front door. It looked as though he’d fallen right out of the sky. He was dead. Andrew took a photograph not long after I left. Two mornings later, in Paris, I came across a second poor little sparrow under the trees in the Place de Vosges. I took a photograph and hoped there would not be a third.

p.s There are many sparrows in Paris, and almost none in London. I hope he wasn’t the very last one!

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Hey, you old butterfly

After visiting Jamster at the Airside Sale, we went browsing warily in the Camden Passage Antiques Market. But I saw this butterfly and he wasn’t much, so I took him home with me.

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