The Seasons

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

When you live in a big city, it is so easy to lose track of the seasons and that's a shame. I've always tried to reflect the seasons in my cards, and on my website. The anzu homepage changes with each season - our present website is illustrated by a hand holding cherry blossoms, a dripping bikini, a party cocktail glass or lighting a candle. For quite a while the website had the anzu tree growing on it - above is our winter lantern tree (available as a card too). I also love seeing the seasons reflected in shops both with their products and their shop windows and not just at Christmas. They are especially good at this in Japan and Continental Europe. Minamoto Kitchoan on Piccadilly always has the most beautifully wrapped seasonal sweets and in Luxembourg last year I came across a charming chocolate shop. It was autumn and their window was full of falling leaves, marron glaces and quince chocolates wrapped up in boxes trimmed with chestnuts and silk leaves.

Men's cards

Monday, 28 January 2008

Our men's range has proved so popular, I had to add to it. So for those of you who weren't able to make it to Top Drawer Spring we thought you would like to see our new additions to our Men's card range in England. We hope you'll find something for the man in your life whatever he likes be it fine wines, cameras, surfing or even toy robots!

Are you going to San Francisco?

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair ... or at least visit the anzu stand! As my partner in American anzu, Colleen says, San Francisco has "golden hues, salty sea air, rich multicultural venues and bright architecture, and lies directly between the world class wine regions of the Sonoma and Napa valleys and the stunning vistas of the Monterey peninsula with its jagged cliffs and crashing ocean waves". So if you fancy paying it a visit do so on the 26th-29th Jan 2008 when you'll have the added advantage of visiting the San Francisco International Gift show and the Anzu booth 2331-2333. It's our first show in San Francisco and we're really excited about exhibiting, so we hope to see you there too!
Image above: a close-up of our new Luggage card

Sisley Wish Lists

Not long ago Sisley asked me to do some illustrations for them. The whole project was fun to work on, especially when I received freebies of their gorgeous stuff!! Initially the brief had been just for some compliment sheets to send to celebrity clients, but they were pleased with the painting and decided that they also wanted us to produce and print wish lists for them too! These wish lists have now hit Sisley stores and outlets, and it was great to see them in Fortnums today.

More tea Vicar?

Sunday, 20 January 2008

I am keen on the whole high tea, Miss Marple thing and love to paint these typically English images (see my books and tea card/book cover below). I like everything about it, from wing chairs by a roaring fire eating toasted crumpets, teas with names like China rose petal and Darjeeling's First Flush, chintzy tea-cups, to pretty cakes and dainty slices of cucumber sandwiches. So I decided that I was going to start doing afternoon tea. This process began with the recent whole home-baked scones disaster ("it" was meant to be several scones, but turned out to be one giant scone - actually more like a very hard large flapjack) but has continued with the more recent happy event of the delivery of a couple of tea-cups, which I bought on ebay. They are so pretty I had to take a picture and have started painting them, so expect to see them on a couple of anzu cards very soon...

Books and tea card


Thursday, 17 January 2008

I recently illustrated the homepage and contact us pages for the just launched Wellicious website. It was a total pleasure working with the stunning girls, so imagine my surprise when an invite to their launch party popped through my letterbox only to see that it was taking place next door. Heike, one of the founders, had literally moved in next door to me! So, I would like to say Welcome to the street Heike! And just wait until the blossoms come out in Spring. The street that we live on has entirely white buildings and is lined with trees, which spring out in overblown white blossoms in March. It looks like some kind of glorious snowstorm and it took my breath away when I first saw it. Have a look at the pretty Wellicious clothes, especially their jersey catsuits on


Wednesday, 16 January 2008

I love frangipani - the blossom has the elegant simplicity of a Chanel camellia, but yet just instantly makes you think of tropical beaches. I can't think why it doesn't appear more often as a motif on things and I might start using it in my paintings. In Polynesia, they wear it to denote someone's marital status. Wearing it tucked behind the right ear means they are single, and over the left means they are taken. In India, it is known by the name temple flower and the flowers which a member of my family gave me in Chennai were much smaller but had the most intoxicating fragrance.
The photo above was taken in Sri Lanka. The hotel had a bowl of water for you to cleanse the sand from your feet, and in which they floated frangipani - heavenly.


Although I'm not into knitting, and am useless at baking (as my recent attempt at cooking scones attests to), I am working on a new patchwork range of cards, which was why I bought Jane Brocket's book "The Gentle Art of Domesticity". This follows on from her, and although it may not have inspired me into picking up a pair of knitting needles (my Nan already tried that on me to no avail!), it did inspire me to start a blog and the pictures of Mrs Brocket's stunning fabric patchworks helped me on the way to designing my own painted paper patchworks. I'm very excited about this range as it will be the first time anzu cards will feature laser cutting, and not least because the key design took me 5 days to paint - a bit like the real thing in that it was certainly time consuming! Above is a sneak preview of what is to come...


As recommended by Ellen McGrath


Rellik, (everything from £10 earrings to vintage Westwood and a favourite of Kate Moss & Lily Allen).

Orsini (can be slightly overpriced but has some really nice 1920s vintage and Pucci dresses) Howie and Belle (1930s lampshades, reasonably priced vintage and quirky style).

Cecil court (a rather cute street nestled amongst theatres with shops selling old prints and books).


London design museum (image copyright timeout.Com)
Petersham nursery


Visit the Sir John Soane Museum, and marvel at the hidden Hogarths and assorted curios.

Take a walk in St. James’ Park on a sunny day and lounge in the deckchairs. If you’re interested in history go to the Cabinet War rooms afterwards.

On a rainy day wander round the British Museum Egyptian rooms and then go for wonton noodles in Chinatown.

Go to the London Design Museum, saunter along the river path perhaps having lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants, then take a river taxi up to Westminster.

On a Sunday, visit the Colombia Road flower market and shops that line the street, then go to the indescribable Dennis Severs house.

Go for lunch at Petersham nurseries (the restaurant not the cafe), then walk up the river to Kew gardens where you can swelter in the hot Lily house.Travel the world in the Marianne North gallery, and revisit your childhood on the Treetop walkway.


Clarkes (for fresh refined English food with typically English ingredients like samphire or cobnuts. Also delicious freshly baked bread).

Andrew Edmunds (for modern British food with a truly homecooked taste. Also has an excellent wine list).

St John, (meat eaters only!).

Golden Hind, (the best fish and chips in London).

Regency cafe (for a really old-fashioned English breakfast in very authentic 1950s surroundings, as featured in Lock Stock. Closed on Sunday).

Tom’s Diner (also a great place for an English breakfast in a more modern Notting Hill style).

Scotts (for great fish).


Feast on Oscar de la Renta cakes, and Louboutin biscuits at the Berkeley hotel afternoon tea Pret-a-Portea.

Take a traditional English afternoon tea in true Art Deco style at Claridges.

Visit Fortnum and Masons ice cream bar for an over the top sundae, and then pop and buy one of their traditional jams or Gentleman’s Relish afterwards.

Shop at Charbonnel & Walker for classic English rose or violet creams in a padded satin box.

Eat a decadently traditional English Sticky toffee pudding at Green’s restaurant.


The perfect martini at Dukes, so strong they’ll only let you have two!

Claridges Fumoir (indulgent purple decor with black and white photos, and an equally elegant menu of cocktails to match).

Lounge lover (fun eccentric decor).

Have a beer in the Churchill Arms, Kensington Church street (a traditional pub packed full of Churchill memorabilia, a regular bunch of locals, and a warm fire).

ANDREW EDMUNDS | 46 Lexington Street, W1 | T. 020 7437 5708
BRITISH MUSEUM | Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG | T. 020 7323 8299 |
THE BERKELEY HOTEL | Wilton Place, SW1 | T. 020 7235 6000 |
CHARBONNEL & WALKER | 28 Old Bond St, W1S 4BT | T. 020 7491 0939 |
CHURCHILL ARMS | 119 Kensinton Church Street, W8 7LN

CLARIDGES | Brook Street, W1K 4HR | T. 020 7629 8860 |
CLARKES | 124 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH | T. 020 7221 9225 |
DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE | 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
DUKES HOTEL | 35 St. James’s Place, SW1A 1NY |
FORTNUM & MASON | 181 Piccadilly, W1J 9FA | T. 020 7734 8040
GOLDEN HIND | 73 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PN | T. 020 7486 3644
GREEN’S RESTAURANT | 36 Duke Street, SW1Y 6DF | T. 020 7930 4566

HOWIE & BELLE | 52 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10 3JH | T. 020 8964 4553 |
KEW GARDENS | Richmond, TW9 3AB |
LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM | 28 Butlers Wharf, SE1 2YD, 087 0833 9955 |
LOUNGE LOVER | 1 Whitby Street, E1 6JU |
ORSINI | 76 Earls Court Road, W8 6EQ
REGENCY CAFE | 17-19 Regency Street, SW1P 4BY | T. 020 7781 6596

RELLIK | 8 Goldborne Road, W10 |
SIR JOHN SOANE MUSEUM | 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP | T. 020 7405 2107 |
SCOTTS | 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE | T. 020 7495 7309 |
ST JOHN | 26 St. John Street, EC1 | T. 020 7251 0848
TOM’S DINER | 226 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH | T. 087 1075 8997


As recommended by Refik Gökmen, who divides his time between London and Turkey.


The Grand Bazaar, although touristy is still a place Istanbulites go to. Check out Abdullah for bathwares and cool pestemal (sarong/towels) or Dösim (near Yeni Cami), a government run shop good for Turkish carpets or ceramics.

Yastik by Rifat Ozbek
Ozbek’s cushion and soft furnishings boutique in the chic neigbourhood of Nisantasi.

Ece Sukan Vintage
‘Ozbek’s cushion and soft furnishings boutique also in Nisantasi.

Sevan Jewelry
Sevan Bicakci jewelry has such illustrious admirers as designers Angela Margareti Missoni and Tory Burch, and creates stunningly intricate jewelery using an ancient micromosaic technique

A stunning modern twist on classic Turkish textiles.

The Cukurcuma area, especially Faik Pasa Yokusu,has great antique shops. Check out Hall, run
by a Kiwi expat.

Blue Mosque courtyard and interior detail
Topkapi Palace tiles


If you haven’t visited Istanbul before, be sure to not miss Topkapi Palace Museum (especially the Treasury), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) and Hagia Sophia.

Take a boat trip on the Bosphorus (the straits which separate Europe and Asia) in the Summer. The Bosphorus is the defining feature of Istanbul and it’s great to be on the water. There are special day trips that leave from a pier marked ‘Bogaz Hatti’ near Eminonu, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. Take the boat to Anadolu Kavagi, the last stop - have a fish lunch there, walk to the ruined Genoese fort and enjoy the views. Timetable at

To see a more contemporary and edgy view of the city go during the Istanbul Bieniale, the contemporary art festival which has events and showings dotted around the city.

If classical Ottoman architecture and mosques are your thing, there are a couple of smaller 16th century mosques that aren’t on most tourist’s itineraries and are well worth a visit. These are Rustem Pasa Mosque, up some steps near the Spice Bazaar, and Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, just down a hill round the black of the Blue Mosque.


A funky, informal restaurant in an Ottoman-era mansion serving a modern take on traditional Turkish cuisine.

Delicious food from Turkey’s Hatay region which includes Nar eksili cevizli kozbiber (pureed red and green peppers in pomegranate dressing) and barbecued beef.

Besiktas Kaymakci
Feast on Kaymak, the Turkish version of clotted cream often served with honey and crusty white bread at this tiny aging eatery. A great and cheap breakfast.

An unpretentious restaurant with delicious food provides a great overview of Turkish cuisine. Enjoy dishes such as meat stews with green plums. Not to be missed.

Pera Sisore
Black Sea cuisine at it’s best. Eat hamsi (fresh anchovy) pilaf and kuru fasulye (white beans) in a rich buttery sauce.


Expensive but worth it. A fish restaurant on the Bosphorus – a real Istanbul tradition and great for people watching. Make sure you book.

Get one of the best kebabs in town at this grill house, also in Beyoglu. Try the spicy minced lamb kebab or chicken wings and the meze.

Mikla, unmissable. Sit and watch the sunset with a cocktail from the roof terrace, and then stay on for dinner afterwards.

This blog also makes good reading.

View from Poseidon restaurant


Istanbul Modern Art gallery café
Sitting directly on the Bosphorus this café is a great spot to have lunch.

Visit Mandabatmaz for one of Istanbul’s best cups of coffee.

The Tunel area has lots of great bars:

- 360 Istanbul which has great views.

- Trendy and clubby Otto and Ghetto.

- Babylon is a live music venue and bar and has some of the best gigs in Istanbul.

ABRACADABRA | 50/1 Arnavutkoy Cad. Arnavutkoy, Istanbul | T. (212) 358-6087
ANATICOHIA | Minare Sokak, Asmalimescit, Istanbul | T. (212) 292-1100 |
BESIKTAS KAYMAKCI | Koyici Meydani Sokak, Besiktas, Istanbul | T. (212) 258-2616
CIYA | Guneslibahce Sokak 43, Kadikoy, Istanbul | T. (216) 330 3190
ECE SUKAN VINTAGE | Ahmet Fetgari Sokak no.152 Tesvikiye, Istanbul 34360 | T. (212) 233 5439
MANDABATMAZ | Olivia Gecidi no. 1/A Beyoglu
PERA SISORE | Oteller Sokak 6, Beyoglu, Istanbul | T. (212) 245-4902
POSEIDON | Cevdet Pasa Caddesi 58, Bebek, Istanbul | T. (212) 263-38-23

TULU | Bindirdirek Mah., Ucler Sk. No. 9/1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul | T. (212) 518-8710
YASTIK | Sakayik Sokak, Olcay Apt. n0 13/1 Tesviklye, Sisli, Istanbul | T. (212) 240 -8731 |
ZUBEYIR | Bekar Sokak 28, Beyoglu | T. (212) 293-3951


As recommended by paulista Ryma Ghazzaoui.


Praça Benedito Calixto, in Pinheiro. Very charming square with a mix of exhibitors; from family owned antiques to local craftsmanship. Every Saturday.

Another good option is to go to MASP (Art Museum of São Paulo) on Sunday and go to the flee market that happens in the street, underneath the building.


Shopping Iguatemi is a great option for a rainy day, a shopping haven for all the major national brands and the luxury international brands. Stop for lunch in one of many lovely restaurants.

Some local brands to explore:
Clothes: Lita Mortari, Maria Bonita, Maria Bonita Extra, Le Lis Blanc, G, Forum, Osklen, Adriana Barra, Isabela Capeto and Adriana Bittencourt.

Jewlery: H Stern, Jack Vartanian, Raphael Falci.

Bikinis: Lenny, Cia Maritima, Rosa Chá, Salinas and Adriana Degreas.

Shoes: Capodarte, Arezzo, Melissa and Havainas (concept stores in Rua Oscar Freire), Schultz, Sarah Chofakian and Shoestock.

Interior Design: Cecilia Dale, Tania Bulhões, Paola da Vinci and Blue Gardenia.

For a more upmarket shopping experience go to Daslu. Daslu is seriously luxury, seriously gorgeous and seriously expensive!

Le Lis Blanch home and Zaha Hadid for Melissa
Bienal building designed by Oscar Niemayer


If the weather is nice, go to Parque do Ibirapuera. There you'll have the opportunity to see some of famous architect Oscar Niemayer's work, such as the Bienal building and Oca. Have an Açaí (berry frappé) in one of the many kiosks.

Another great thing to do would be to book a walking tour in the old town centre. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the city's most iconic buildings. It’s a very dangerous area, so book a tour with a local guide.

For a more upmarket day, go to Rua Oscar Freire and the surrounding area for some retail therapy.Walk around, explore the local shops and walk the beautiful people!

If you fancy a more nature orientated day out, a trip to Pedra Grande, in Atibaia which is only one hour drive from the city. Ideal for hiking or extreme sports such as paragliding and mountaineering.

The beach is not that far from Sao Paulo, so if you have the time, go to the North Coast, where you’ll find the best beaches of the state. Ubatuba, Maresias and Ilha Bela are lovely places to visit.


Pao de queijo (cheese bread), originally from Minas Gerais, is at its best in a small shop in Rua Haddock Lobo.

For the best Pastel (savoury pastry) in town, Barraca do Ze, Feira do Pacaembu. It’s a fruit and vegetable market that takes place in Charles Miller Square. Have a Garapa (sugar cane juice) with extra lime. Thursdays and Saturday.

Another typical brazilian dish is Feijoada, originally created by slaves in colonial times, from the leftovers of pigs sent by the land owner. The dish has evolved, and is now a national treasure. For the most famous feijoada in São Paulo, go to Bolinha, located in Av. Cidade Jardim.

Pizza: Quintal do Braz, Camelo, 1900 Pizzeria, Monte Verde, Piola or Cristal.

Japanese: Mori or Aoyama.

Italian: Cantina Esperanza.

Sandwiches: Lanchonete da Cidade, Chico Hamburguer, Forneria Sao Paolo, The Fifties.

Churrascaria Fogo de Chão: A must for meat eaters, this is the best BBQ house in the city. You pay a set price and eat as much as you like from the salad bar and have meat served to your table. A great variety of salads and vegetarian dishes as well.

For a more upmarket experience, go to Fasano, A Figueira or D.O.M. Reservation in advance is required. Exceptional food and gorgeous interiors.

Pastel and Feijoada
A Figueira
View from Terraco Italia piano bar


Cafe Suplicy in Alameda Lorena, Cafe Oscar in Rua Oscar Freire, Octavio Cafe in Avenida Faria Lima and Havanna Cafe.

Upmarket: Baretto (Fasano Group), Skye Bar (Hotel Unique), Terraco Italia, Bourbon Street, Buddha Bar in Daslu. Pubs: Sr. Pitanga, Bar Brahma, Boteco Sao Bento and Mercearia Sao Roque.


Mokai, Pink Elephant and Museum.

MASP | Av. Paulista, 1.578 |
SHOPPING IGUATEMI | Av. Brig. Faria Lima |
Daslu | Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 |
LITA MORTARI | Rua Oscar Freire, 679 |

MARIA BONITA | Rua Oscar Freire, 702 |
MARIA BONITA EXTRA | Rua Oscar Freire, 705 |
LE LIS BLANC | Rua Oscar Freire, 1119 |
FORUM | Rua Oscar Freire, 916 |
OSKLEN | Rua Oscar Freire, 645 |
ADRIANA BARRA | Alameda Franca, 1243 |

ISABELA CAPETO | Rua da Consolação, 3358 |
H STERN | Rua Oscar Freire, 652 |
RAPHAEL FALCI | Rua Joaquim Floriano 111, sala 4 |
LENNY | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |

ROSA CHÁ | Daslu, Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 Loja 137 - C1 |
SALINAS | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |
ADRIANA DEGREAS | Daslu, Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 |
CAPODARTE | Rua Oscar Freire, 902 |
AREZZO | Rua Oscar Freire, 808 |

MELISSA | Rua Oscar Freire |
HAVAINAS | Rua Oscar Freire, 1116 |
SCHULTZ | Rua Oscar Freire, 944 |
SARAH CHOFAKIAN | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |
SHOESTOCK | A. Bem-te-vi, 221 |
CECILIA DALE | Rua Dr. Melo Alves, 513 |

TANIA BULHÕES | Rua Colombia, 270 |
PAOLA DA VINCI | Shopping Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232 |
BLUE GARDENIA | Alameda Lorena, 1986 |
BOLINHA | Av. Cidade Jardin, 53 |
QUINTAL DO BRAZ | Rua Gandavo, 447 |

CAMELO | Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 151 |
1900 PIZZERIA | Barão de Capanema, 348 |
MONTE VERDE | Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 198/200 |
PIOLA | Praça Vilaboim, 49 |
CRISTAL | Rua Professor Arthur Ramos, 551 |
MORI | Rua da Consolação, 3610 |

CANTINA ESPERANZA | R 13 De Maio, 1004
CHICO HAMBURGUER | Avenida Ibirapuera, 1753 |
FORNERIA SAO PAOLO | Rua Amauri, 319 |
THE FIFTIES | Rua Tabapuã, 1100 |

FOGO DE CHÃO | Av. Moreira Guimarães, 964 |
FASANO | Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88 |
A FIGUEIRA | Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 |
D.O.M. | Rua Barão de Capanema, 549 |
CAFE SUPLICY | Al. Lorena, 1430 |
CAFE OSCAR | Oscar Freire, 727 |

OCTAVIO CAFE | Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2.996 |
HAVANNA CAFE | Rua Bela Cintra, 1829 |
BARETTO | Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88 |
SKYE BAR | Av. Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 4700 |
TERRACO ITALIA | Av. Ipiranga, 344 |
BOURBON STREET | Rua dos Chanés, 127 |

BUDDHA BAR | Daslu, Av. Chedid Jafet, 131 |
SR. PITANGA | Rua Tabapuã, 1446 | T. (5511) 3073-1208
BAR BRAHMA | Av. São João, 677 Centro |
BOTECO SAO BENTO | Leopoldo Couto Magalhães Júnior, 474 |
MERCEARIA SAO ROQUE | Rua Amauri, 35 |
MOKAI | Rua Augusta, 2805 |

PINK ELEPHANT | Rua Gumercindo Saraiva, 289 |
MUSEUM | James Joules, 65 |


Anzu was founded in 1999 and produces stationery and desirables featuring my hand-painted illustrations.

I also create freelance illustrations for clients such as Sisley, Guerlain, Harper Collins and am the illustrator for The Berkeley Hotel (including Pret-a-Portea).

I like all my work to have an emphasis on a decorative, hand-painted look and the Anzu collections feature illustrations of everything from teacups to sunglasses to peonies.

My inspirations are from a variety of sources, be it vintage textiles, English gardens, 1930s films, or fashion designer Paul Poiret. English style for example was the inspiration for our range of candles be it the Miss Marple inspired Black tea candle or the cottage garden rose scent in our Bed of roses candle. We are based in Notting Hill.

Amber candle
Anzu studio
Patent cards
Anzu card

Freelance illustration for The Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea with Bergdorf Goodman

To learn more about Anzu, please visit: or email us at


Ellen Gregory McGrath

I’m Ellen Gregory McGrath and Anzu is my design company producing stationery and desirables featuring my hand-painted images. I am also a freelance illustrator. This blog shows Anzu updates, inspirations, things I love and the story behind Anzu.

See about Anzu or our website for more information!


Freelance illustration for The Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea

Pret-a-Portea carrier bag Freelance illustration for Sisley beach products
Freelance illustrations for Wellicious christmas card and tea packaging
Freelance illustration for Guerlain

Mogul Patchwork
Anzu urban range




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