The colour of Spring

by Patsyfox on September 21, 2015


Apart from frying my chest to a third degree burn within 4hrs of Melbourne having (finally) its first sunny day in 75 years, I have still been living mushroom-like in my studio, blinking uncontrollably when having to leave the house to teach or buy milk.  However, there is just something about the scent of jasmine and the first taste of a warm breeze on my bare skin that makes me want to break out the colour and rework anything that doesn’t have it.  I bring you Rainbow Bunny..

The hunter rests…

by Patsyfox on August 8, 2015


I’m pretty sure that stores both local and online must be noticing a downturn in sales figures of late, as I go through an extended period of rest in my feast-or-famine approach to shopping.  In fairness I’m not your average shopper, having worked for a long time as a designer that got to travel the world four times per year and shop – I don’t shop so much as hunt, and I’m good at it.  Periods of hibernation with my visa card alternate with bouts of spending-bulimia, after which I lay out my kill like some caveman-style visual merchandiser.  There was a time where this would be followed by post-spending-panic-regret, but I no longer suffer this.  Should I be worried?

Bring on Spring and the warming of my blood that will get the registers ringing again.  This Melbourne winter will end, right??

Frock and roll

by Patsyfox on July 6, 2015


I wonder sometimes if all those would-be rockstar boyfriends were really more about the possibility that if they ever cracked the big-time, I might get to frock up and walk the Grammy’s red-carpet.  Probably.  After all, outside of scoring an invite to the Oscars or the Met Ball, it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever have reason to wear dresses this fabulous.  Isn’t that why most people marry?  Honestly?

These are the delicious frocks I illustrated for the new website of Le Louvre boutique in Melbourne.  Not a very hard day at the office when you get to draw things like this…


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And I think this one deserves a spot on its own sans background…


Finally the bride

by Patsyfox on June 25, 2015


Not me, silly!  Now that would take a major rewire… As part of my line of Bridal Sketches, I’ve been collaborating with the wonderful Le Louvre boutique in Melbourne to create a series of illustrations for their brand new website.  The cherry on top of the collab was this illustration I created for a full page feature in Vogue Brides.  The beautiful ivory dress is Lanvin, and of course the setting is the gorgeous Le Louvre boutique in South Yarra.  The dress looks like the bride jumped up from the sheets and took off – except in the most stylish way imaginable. Nearly worth getting married for… Nearly.

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Kate’s way

by Patsyfox on June 9, 2015


Apart from a penchant for dirty men in bands, I never thought that Kate and I had too much in common – after all, I’ve spent many hours hovering over baggage carousels and never once been offered a modelling contract (coughs), I’ve never sought comfort on John Galliano’s shoulder after being busted doing coke, nor do I believe that “nothing tastes as good as thin feels” (cheese Kate – CHEESE).  However when I read her simple statement “I don’t do boredom” from her rare interview in Playboy magazine, I felt pure kinship.  Me either, Kate!

I am thrilled to announce the gorgeous new Australian version of the French L’Officiel magazine has featured my tribute to Kate from the Playboy spread on it’s back “Fin” page.  Merci L’Officiel!


All the leaves are brown

by Patsyfox on June 3, 2015


Really everything in life is about contrast and comparison – a term I first learned while studying fashion design a million years ago: we perceive colours based on what’s around them.  Same same in life!  Think it’s the end of the world because you caught a cold in Paris? (I may or may not be speaking from personal experience) – How would you like a broken leg instead?  I thought so – the cold ain’t so bad now, right?

So now that Melbourne has the cold grey miseries, the golden glow of chilly autumn seems like the nicest thing in the world.  If only I’d been thinking that instead of lamenting the end of summer…

Work-Shop it

by Patsyfox on May 29, 2015


If you’re in Melbourne (or nearby) and you’ve been thinking that you’d like to try Fashion Illustration but don’t want to commit to a course, then maybe this workshop is for you.  I’m joining the good folk of Work-Shop Melbourne to bring you a tasty taster of my world.  This 3-hour Introduction to Fashion Illustration will show you what it’s all about, how wide this world is, and how you can quickly create a very awesome fashion illustration of your own.  4th June 6pm – 9pm.  You can find more info or book tickets on their website now.  Come on!

Paris day #1 numero 1

by Patsyfox on May 8, 2015


Nothing says I’m in my happy place like Paris, and nothing says I’m worth it like a purchase from the YSL store in Saint Germain.  Suffice to say I am both happy and worth it. The fact that I limited my purchase to two items is testament to my iron willpower (chokes) – not only was I mauling the shoes above, even when the lovely staff gave me pink champagne, I still managed to say “not this time”.  Then run like hell as far as I could before I changed my mind.

In fairness, I was in need of both therapy and celebration – after many visits to Paris, today was my first ever Paris hair salon visit, and my first Paris wax.  The salon felt chic and the wash basin chair massaged me blissfully, but the 172 euro bill for dying my regrowth put those spasms right back in my spine.  The wax however was a revolution – none of this all-off-in-one-rip like I’ve grown used to in Melbourne, this was pièce par pièce French-style – after all as the therapist responded: “This is not a good time.”  Understatement.


School’s in

by Patsyfox on May 8, 2015



Wish you could draw like a pro but never held a pencil?  Actually pretty good at drawing but don’t know how to take it to the next level?  Then The Patsyfox Drawing Salon might be for you.  Last term was the 5th birthday of these very fun boutique-style fashion illustration classes, and the new term begins in just a few weeks – Monday May 25th for Introduction to Fashion Illustration, and Wednesday May 27th for Advanced Fashion Illustration.

Introduction to Fashion Illustration covers all the important fundamentals and leaves you with knowledge and techniques to keep working on your own.  Materials and a booklet of notes are included.  Advanced Fashion Illustration can be tackled by intrepid illustrators wanting to take a leap from limited skills, or by those who are at various levels of experience who need to broaden and deepen skills and develop their personal style.

Evening classes are held in the beautiful studio of Frankie and Swiss in South Yarra (Melbourne).  Contact me for more details!

Check your coat

by Patsyfox on April 11, 2015


By complete co-incidence this week, I chose to draw one of my many favourite Vivienne Westwood outfits while teaching my lovely RMIT students how to go about drawing checks and stripes.  The co-incidence was no less than the Dame’s 74th birthday.  As the birthdays click by, my most oft-used example of why and how I will continue to be fabulous and increasingly eccentric is the wonderful Vivienne.  Thank you and Happy Birthday!