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Sundown Chat Lea Portrait Print


"My favourite moment is when my cat comes to wake me up with a cuddle and purrs in my ears"

Lea is a super talented maker who lives in Finsbury Park with boyfriend Sam and cat Paddy.

She shares her passion between dinosaurs and cats - her Bowie cat jewelry is a must have.

She talked us through what inspires her at home and her creative rituals.


3 steps morning routine

My favorite moment is when my cat comes to wake me up with a cuddle and purrs in my ears.

If I have time I read the news with a cup of coffee in bed.

At that point I get up, dressed and ready - always rushing because I’m always late somehow!

 Sundown Chat Lea Dinosaurs Sideboard

The battle of the dinosaurs

3 steps evening routine

When I come home I make myself a cup of tea and snuggle up on the sofa. My cat wants a cuddle and I want one too.

Then I cook dinner, usually stews - I’m a veggie. I use the Yummly app when I want a proper meal, it’s great for inspiration.

I watch series on the sofa with Sam - we’re into Silicon Valley at the moment - until Paddy calls us for bedtime. He’s the real boss in this house.

 Sundown Chat Lea Window Dinosaur

Where plant passion and dinosaur love meet

Top 3 creative moments at home

I pimp up my furniture, repainting it to make it more colorful and fun. Orange and pink win!

I’m currently learning how to sew, with a book by Tilly and the buttons. There are some nice simple patterns for beginners, and it really inspires you to make your own clothes.

I have a passion for plastic dinosaurs and I’m always looking for new ones to add to my collection...!

 Sundown Chat Lea Cat Ears

Lea, the colourful cat lady

Top 3 relaxing moments at home

When I’m home I just want to unwind: call friends, take a bath or cook a nice meal.

I love listening to True Crimes Garage podcasts to scare me at nights. Otherwise I listen to Women’s hour on Radio 4 to make Paddy a feminist!

I constantly browse and look up at other artists’ work online. I keep an eye on things that sparkle something in me.

 Sundown Chat Lea Working on Sketchbook Project

Working on new projects from sketchbook

Secret life hack

I use a flower pot to dry my cutlery so the water goes back into the sink through the drainage hole.

Most treasured possession

Rocky the triceratops is a birthday gift from Sam when we first met. He’s madly in love with Betty, the T-rex I got a few years later.

 Sundown Chat Lea Dinosaur Most Treasured Possession

Rocky, Lea's triceratops

Worst pyjama set

All my sleeping outfits come from mismatch promotional tees and old washed down PJ - I don’t have anything half descent for a pyjama party.

Dream home outfit

It should be soft as a cloud, colourful - but not like I’m from a kawaii cartoon - and certainly not have the traditional pj cut - bah!

Culture's vulture - Lea's current recommandations:

Last series:

People just do nothing, from the BBC. It’s a mockumentary about the estate life, it’s full of clichés and it’s very funny.

Last book:

The Girl who saved the king of Sweden (2013) by Jonas Jonasson. It’s a truly witty story, unputdownable.

Last movie:

Last night I watched Napoleon Dynamite (2004) by Jared Hess. It’s about America’s lower class, it’s full of tiny stories set within a very kitsch decor. Loved it!

Last recipe:

Zaatar chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes - my  kind of comfort food!

Last playlist:

Chronixx - His last album was launched when we were traveling to Jamaica last summer, blasting to every sound system. It kind of prolongs the holidays.

Favourite Instagram accounts:

@aww.sam : I love the colors, it looks so fake but so pretty // @camillewalala: I genuinely adore her work!

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