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Kat Macleod

Kat Macleod is a Melbourne-based illustrator. She’s a graphic designer too, and Co-Director of Melbourne design studio Ortolan.

Kat can often be found contentedly doodling at her desk, surrounded by pencils, paints and paper. Other little bits and bobs find their way into her work too – fabric, beads, sequins and a variety of cleverly masked smudges from her three little boys. Kat’s illustrations have appeared in Chinese Vogue, Numero Tokyo, The Age, Delicious Magazine and Vogue Entertaining & Travel. Working across a range of commercial and fine art projects, her client list features Heide Museum of Modern Art, Myer, Collette Dinnigan, The Australian Ballet, Bonds and Third Drawer Down. She has also illustrated several local and internationally released books: BirdThe CocktailSequins & Sequence, and Michi Girl’s Like I Give a Frock, What on Earth Are You Wearing? and Le Shop Guide.

A dedicated night owl, Kat does her best work in the quiet hours after dark, or ‘by the light of the honeymoon’, as her 4-year-old son likes to say.


Kat Macleod

Place of Birth:


Currently Living in:


Currently Living in: Train, bus, bike, or other:

Bike or car. Or legs.

What's the most important object in your studio?

My favourite eraser. 

Paper or Plastic?


If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?

Roald Dahl

Favourite client so far?

Michi Girl, and Chinese Vogue.

Favourite imaginary client?

Eley Kishimoto, or Japanese Vogue.

How does your mother describe your profession?

She will probably start showing you books and clippings of my work! She’s my number one fan!

Coffee or tea?


What's your earliest drawing memory?

A snowman (very weird as I grew up in snowless Melbourne). I remember drawing a green one in kindergarten and putting his smoking pipe straight up between his eyes because I hadn’t learnt how to draw in perspective yet. It crossed over his carrot nose, it didn’t look good.  

How do you prefer to spend your mornings?

Quietly drinking coffee.