Beci Orpin and Kat Macleod · A Hidden Place

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 18th April 2013

‘Necklace / Houseplant’ by Beci Orpin and Kat Macleod for their joint show, A Hidden Place, opening in Melbourne tonight.

‘Hands / Gems & Rocks’ by Beci Orpin and Kat Macleod for their joint show opening in Melbourne tonight.

Beci Orpin (left) and Kat Macleod (right) installing their show at Lamington Drive earlier this week.  Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Melbourne is so chock full of amazing illustrators, but I must say I’m pretty excited that two of my personal faves have joined forces this month on a joint exhibition!  The two immensely talented ladies in question are of course Beci Orpin and Kat Macleod – talk about dream team!

A Hidden Place combines both collaborative works and works created separately by each artist. For the collaborative pieces, a theme and key motifs were set for each piece, and once each artist had completed one ‘half’, they swapped.  As you all probably know, Kat Macleod is known for her fluid painterly and very feminine style, whilst Beci’s work is characterised by clean lines, symmetry and geometry.  It’s so refreshing to see two such distinctive and different illustrative styles brought together in this way!

Beci and Kat are both prolific well known creatives in their own right, they each run their own small businesses, and they’re both busy Mums too!  However, despite having so much in common, incredibly, they say they had never ‘properly’ met before working together on this show!  It was their agent and mutual friend Jeremy Wortsman, director of The Jacky Winter Group, who encouraged them to join forces for this exhibition.

‘I loved collaborating with Beci, it was surprising how easily we worked together considering we hadn’t even properly met before working on the show!’ says Kat. ‘I’ve been a long time admirer of her work, so I knew it would be a great experiment to try. Working alone on an exhibition can be isolating, so it was fun and exciting to be in it together on this one – sharing references, ideas, decision-making and lots of discussions as we nutted out our processes.’

‘For me the paintings we worked on together were definitely the best part of the process’ says Beci. ‘It was such a great surprise to see how Kat interpreted the themes, and then a challenge to add to her work in a way that was my style but still sympathetic. There is so much confidence in the way Kat draws, it was scary to match that, but I love how the pieces turned out!’.

A Hidden Place opens tonight, Thursday 18th April at 6.00pm until 9.00pm!  

A Hidden Place by Beci Orpin and Kat Macleod
From 18th April to 25th May
Lamington Drive
15-25 Keele Street
Collingwood, VIC 

Please note, there will be no pre-sales for this show, however interstate buyers can request an advance catalogue by emailing today – Phone sales will open at 6pm tonight (April 18th).

‘Crest / Fringe’ by Beci Orpin and Kat Macleod for their joint show, opening in Melbourne tonight.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 18th April 2013


  • Simon 3 years ago

    ‘Peele’ street?

  • North Shore Interiors 3 years ago

    What an inspirational way to start the day. Thank you lovely ladies! I have already placed an order for a catalog and would love to use the works shown in a tween / teen interior….all the best for the showing tonight….enjoy! Lx

  • White with Three 3 years ago

    It’s colourful, whimsical perfection. Absolutely adore!!

  • White Forest Home 3 years ago

    Lovely work…will check out the exhibition! Thanks Lucy for posting.

  • jayde 3 years ago

    Ooh, I love Bec’s shoes!

  • Jess 3 years ago

    Their work looks so complementary together – both such beautiful artists. Can’t wait to see it in the flesh in a few hours!

  • Georgina Campbell 3 years ago

    Lovely to see them together in the photo, talented spunks both!

  • MM 3 years ago

    hey, looks great but I think address should be “Keele” St

  • Lisa @ TDF 3 years ago

    Hi all, yes the address should read:

    Lamington Drive
    15-25 Keele Street
    Collingwood, VIC

    Another autocorrect victory, thanks for pointing it out!

  • evie 3 years ago

    cuties – love that pic : )
    two favs as one! so excited to see their work together.

  • Pamela Oberman 3 years ago

    Classic photo – reeks of talent

  • Angela 3 years ago

    They should collaborate more often!

  • Lucy 3 years ago

    What are Lamington Drives opening hours tomorrow?
    Interstate at the moment, but HAVE to get there when I fly home tomorrow.

  • Ant Haus 3 years ago

    Beautiful….such amazing work.

  • Reese 3 years ago

    Amazing works!…I adore people that have excellent mind in conceptualizing designs…I love it.

  • Corner Story 3 years ago

    What a dream collaboration! Love their use of fresh colours.

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