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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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Julia Morstad

It seems like a huge time ago when I first saw these drawings. I stashed them away haphazardly in my files and lost the illustrators name. But today, quite by chance, I came across them again and am finally equipped to share them with you.

Julia Morstad has many other drawings to peruse on her website and in books by Sara O’Leary.

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