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English Muse: Kat Macleod

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kat Macleod

Blogger Oh Joy! reminds me, with her weekend post, of the charms of Australian illustrator Kat Macleod, who mixes up her drawings with bright watercolors and bits of interesting fabric, touched with sequins, ribbon, string and other found goodies. It's assemblage for the chic set, and I simply can't resist it.  I first learned about Macleod's designs while browsing in one of my local bookstores. There, on the shelf, was a pink cocktail book, "The Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks." Not only were the recipes a delight (an entire section on Champagne cocktails!), the illustrations made it clear:  This was not your dad's bar guide.  It was, to borrow the name of one of the drinks, a Flirtini. (Of course, I had to buy the book and the followup cocktail deck).....

.....Besides the cocktail book,  Macleod has a full portfolio, with works appearing in magazines around the globe. (The umbrella illustration appeared in Real Style. Afterall, those editors know real style when they see it. ) A number of her illustrations are also available for viewing on the website, Jacky Winter group.  And, according to Oh Joy!, Ms. Macleod has a new book, called  "Like I Give a Frock", coming out in the spring. Like her art, her bio on the Winter site includes colorful details. "She finds fashion, textiles, new art supplies and old books inspiring."  Plus: "She enjoys hot chips, talking on the phone and her cat." In other words, she's someone you could meet for a Yacht Club Punch, garnished with a maraschino cherry. Cheers! 


Blogger Ana said...

Thanks for introducing me to this artist. Her work is beautiful.

January 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...


January 25, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger amberJ said...

Kat Macleod is one of my top faves! She's genius. What an amazing pic.

January 28, 2009 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous petya said...

Oh! Thanks for writing about her! I saw her illustrations in Real Simple, tore them out of the magazine and promptly pasted them in my journal. I love-love-LOVE her!!!

I found your blog through Joanna Goddard's website and I love it!!!

February 2, 2009 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Lightning Heart said...

ohh i love her work!

April 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

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