Kat Chadwick



Current Location
Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺
Country of Origin
New Zealand 🇳🇿

New Zealand-born, Melbourne based Kat Chadwick creates illustrations that make her heart sing, with a trademark hand-drawn inky line and solid colour. Kat’s skills are applied to wildly differing briefs, recently creating a series of isometric maps for the Greater Melbourne Cemetery Trust, which required her to map burial sites, crematoriums and elaborate mausoleums, and creating ‘ugly’ produce characters for the IMA Project cafe. IMA produces delicious Japanese meals from imperfect produce, so Kat’s ‘Saggy Tits Lemon’ and her friends now adorn IMA’s windows, coffee cups and menus.

Kat has worked with the National Gallery of Victoria, Bloomsbury Press, Penguin Books, InsideOut, Toyota, The Age, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Guide Dogs Victoria, to name but a few.

This year I can’t wait to…
To have a long awaited holiday in Japan. I'm looking forward to doing lots of wandering around, exploring + sketching. I'm also very excited about staying in a former love hotel, housed in a repurapunzel-esque 'castle'. Apparently its very David Lynchian and also like being transported to a swinging time in the late 70's. Can't wait!!
I can’t stop listening to…
Italo Disco. Especially Gino Soccio.
My favourite clients are those who…
Provide a good framework for me to work within, then encourage me run with it!
The project I’ve been most inspired by recently is…
A large, playful exterior wall piece for IMA Japanese cafe/pantry in Brunswick's Nightingale Village. So much fun seeing my giant bike-riding umeboshi and cat-walking pickle jar come to life. I'd love to do more work at this scale.
I do my best work when…
I have a brief and a deadline! I love the process of responding to the client's brief. Especially the problem solving...coming up with unexpected and creative solutions within the constraints of the brief.
My current tool of choice is…
Pen and ink. Always! I just love the feel of the nib sliding/dragging/scratching on paper. The little accidents and unexpected line qualities that happen along the way. Although all my illustrations end up as digital files, I like that the linework's hand drawn nature remains.

Welcome to Jacky Winter Spring/Summer ‘24. Each season a new artist creates original imagery using our site as their playground. The current artwork (above) comes from Georgia Perry. Learn more about our seasonal model of representation and other FAQ.

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