Thursday, 6 March 2008
So much inspiration, so little space. The tables have well and truly turned. Normally, as deputy editor of real living, I'm telling journalists to shorten their copy and now I'm having to cut back on my Design*Sponge posts. It's such a shame because there's so much to share. So, here is a little more about... Kat Macleod.
How did you develop your style? It was not really a conscious decision; it just worked out like that. I started using embroidery and collage with the Bird book and it has increased over the years, then clients started requesting it and it has just evolved. Years of life drawing classes helped to develop an understanding of the human form. And I never stop drawing; I'm always doodling and sketching on something.
Has your style changed much over the years? Yes, it's always changing and developing, but my mouths have always looked the same. If you had a spare day, what would you do? I'd plan an op shopping day. I find a lot of materials and things that I use in my illustrations, some nice junk, and also cups and things to hold all my materials and brushes etc. I keep an op shop journal and I take notes so I remember which stores have good finds (I am a Virgo, after all!).
What are you passionate about? My family & friends, Ortolan, drawing, my cat, music, reading, animals, shopping, vegetarian food.
What’s next? I am in the middle of illustrating a new story for Real Simple magazine (US), and also at Ortolan we are putting the finishing touches on an exciting new Michi Girl book, published by Penguin (Australia) in October this year.
Images courtesy of Kat Macleod.