“Recently I got a cat, she likes to breakfast quite early, so I’m up around 7.30 and we have breakfast together. Normally it is porridge – if I push the boat out then I’ll add an apple or a banana. I cycle to the studio (in Netil House, London) on my bike the Falcon. It’s ten minutes away from my house so I’m pretty lucky that it is so near.
“When I get to work, I brew a bucket-sized cup of tea and rifle through the post. I chat to Claudia (who I work on children’s newspaper The Loop with) about goings ons. We also share the studio with graphic designers and architects so there is quite a bit of a mix of people about.
“An average day is a mix of emailing and organising. I try to just keep emailing to the morning, but it often fails. There is a lot of back and forth getting things arranged with The Loop. Recently we’ve been working on the redesign for Issue 5, so it has taken a bit longer getting it right. Depending on where we are at with The Loop, it might be commissioning or editing.
“I try and bring a packed lunch – normally something a little worthy with chickpeas in”
“We have also got some great new people working with us, so there is often a meeting with them once a week. This afternoon I am trying to correct some things on our website.
“At lunch I try and bring a packed lunch – normally something a little worthy with chickpeas in. Otherwise I’ll just pop down the road to the bakery for a sandwich. We’re a bit spoilt for choice around here, which is great. There is a roof terrace where we can all eat when the weather’s nice. The whole studio eats together which makes you stop, and means you don’t eat lunch in front of your computer.
“Generally leave the studio about 7 I’ll see a friend, or scratch around at home. Dinner is normally a sort of pasta delight and a yoghurty desert. Bed time is about 11, I’m doing a drawing a day just now for a project so try and squeeze that in before I fall asleep.”
Scottish artist Eleanor Meredith lives and works in London. She is publisher and co-founder of The Loop Children’s Newspaper with Claudia Boldt. The Loop Edition 5 is available to buy now. Eleanor also co-founded Bolt Editions and works as an illustrator and teacher and leads workshops at the V&A, Ravensbourne College and the National Portrait Gallery. If you like Eleanor’s work you can buy her Mermaids Print, Gin Slug Tea Towel and Gin Slug Print from Howkapow.
Loop founders: Claudia Boldt (left) & Eleanor Meredith (right). Photo: Samson Lee