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Featuring Anita's design work and Cooper Family products. You can also follow Anita on Twitter @neeneelou

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Leon posters

It's a busy time at Leon, bringing out vouchers, bringing back soup and proving you can get a meal for less than a fiver.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Not to Worry Dolls

I had a good time making my latest entries into our OTW Collective exhibition (December 4th-18th). They are my 'Not to Worry' Dolls, 9 available, all at £60.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Leon designs in situ

We went to Leon in Bankside a couple of times recently, which gave me the opportunity to photograph some of my designs for them, in action!

Menu boards

Friday, 4 November 2011

Leon Autumn Posters

I love the old colourful graphics that we use for Leon - and was delighted to get this one in on the poster for Mamta's curries, an Autumn special for Leon. AND a few fireworks to shout about their other specials..

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Book Review: Allegra McEvedy 'Bought, Borrowed & Stolen'

Here is my review of Allegra's new book:

As well as being a great cook, Allegra McEvedy is a great story-teller. From the moment I picked up this book, I didn't want to put it down. The book is centred around her collection of knives from all around the world and in visiting those places and sampling the local food, she has selected dishes to recreate, which appear in this book. Each section (country) starts with a fact file, focussing mainly on the food for that area, as well as Allegra's experience of it, then there's a story behind the knife. Allegra has a great way with words, hooking you in and you don't want to leave! The collage style of bits and pieces she's collected along the way add to the friendliness of this book.

There are several recipes I've earmarked to make from Japan (Rising Sun Salad), Brazil (Seafood Stew) and Spain (Catalan Sausage Tortilla), but have already succeeded in making some delicious (and moreish) Pumpkin and Ginger Doughnuts (New York), which I think are perfect for a Halloween/ Bonfire Night celebration (hot doughnuts on a cold night? Yes please!) - and have also made Pork Adobo from the Philippines (rich, deep and full of flavour). Both recipes were easy to make and looked like the pictures in the book (always exciting when that happens!).

All in all a perfect combination of new interesting recipes from the around the world and a great story.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Leon snacks launching soon

I've been doing some packaging design for some Leon snacks (launching soon in their restaurants)... there are 4 in total, but just three are launching to start with...

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Cooper Family Notebooks

All original designs by Anita and Matt of The Cooper Family, we are selling 4 different notebooks: 'Stuff and Nonsense', 'Ration Book' and 'Notes' are all A6 and 'So Much to do, so little time' is A5. Order them using the relevant Paypal buttons below.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Design review of Leon 2, Naturally Fast Food

Novum magazine, Sept '11 edition has featured Leon 2 Naturally Fast Food. I get a name check for my drawings, but do they realise that I designed it all too??! Very chuffed nonetheless.. (click on the review to enlarge it).

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

What I've been up to in my design world

I've designed a logo for a restaurant consultancy firm...

And designed an 8 page programme for the Soho Theatre's brilliant scheme for Year 6 playwrights...
amongst other pieces of work that I can't disclose just yet!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Matchbox show - my 3 pieces

I've made three matchbox pieces for the show which opens tonight. They are: Swan Vests, How Many Red Things Can You Fit In A Matchbox and Sunlight. There are 25 pieces in total from 10 different artists - come and see them - Exhibition runs until 20th July at Emporium, Fortis Green, London N2.

Swan Vests £75
How Many Red Things Can You Fit In A Matchbox £75
Check Spelling
Sunlight £75

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Next OTW show - Matchbox

Our next show is fast approaching - and the theme is matchboxes. I have lots of ideas for mine, just need to time to get on with them... I'll post them when they're done. I love this theme - something to do with the diminutive maybe...

Monday, 23 May 2011

Take A Seat

My chair is finished and proudly sitting in place at Emporium Tea Rooms in Muswell Hill. It's sitting next to (or below) 6 others created by the On the Wall Collective. I loved doing it so if anyone wants to commission me to paint more, step this way..

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Leon Baking Cookbook has gone to print.

It's on it's way.. Here is a sneak preview of the cover and spine. I've been desperately trying to finish designing the book so I have time to bake! And you will too.. In September when it's released.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Cushions and Chairs

While I continue to design the next Leon cookbook (out this September), I have also been re-commissioned to make another Love Cushion. Here it is - front and back... I used a lovely 50's curtain fabric for the background.

Also - The new Leon has opened in Old Compton Street today.. here's a piece in Design Week about our chairs:

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Love cushions

Come and see my love cushions at Emporium Tea Rooms, London N2 until Valentine's Day... Along with all my lovely On The Wall Collective friend's work. Fantastic original and affordable gift for Valentine's day...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Leon Chair painted and ready to sit on

I've finished my chair! I'm having my photo taken with it in Soho tomorrow and the picture will go up in the new Leon, opening in February in Old Compton Street. I hope people sit on it!