My name is Matthew and this blog is to publish my projects and progress in general in conceptual fashion design, drawing, illustration, and other art nik-naks that I may do along the way. If you have any comments or criticisms I'd love to hear!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Charcoal Drawing of Marilyn Monroe

Made this tonight, it is going to be part of a series of three for a friends wall. Will update the others as and when I find time to do them! :)

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Final Attraction/Repulsion Photos!

These are from the photoshoot from my college FMP. I used my sister for the model, as she is totally hot :D Thankyou Lauren!

Friday, 29 April 2011


The three tiered dress for my college final project taking shape!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Attraction/Repulsion Construction

This is a toille and the start of the construction of my final outcome for my foundation in art and design.

Life Drawing

This is a recent effort from my thursday life drawing classes. Feels quite energentic to me, and was really quick to finish!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Cellophane Corset

I made this corset on the spur of moment. I was looking at ways of experimenting with plastic-y textures to mimic the skin of toy dolls. The cellophane was cheap and I had no money. I ironed a few layers together under a towel to get a thickness I could work with that was still supple.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Life Drawing

This was quite difficult because the model had such small hands and feet! Very enjoyable though..

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Open/Close Dress

These images are the follow up garment to the shirt below.. Eventually I gave up on this though, the idea felt a little forced and I couldn't find any zippers long enough so had to cut a load up and sew them together. Didn't make for the most solid of structures...

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Open/Close Shirt

These images are from my college project 'Open/Close'. I chose to explore zippers alone and their relationship with the body. As an opening and closing I began to use them metaphorically in my sketchbook development. I made this shirt out of sheer organza to represent the delicacy of skin, the heavy zips as a way of controlling emotions and thoughts we allow in and out, though even those of us with 'thick skin' can find this a difficult task.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Bleached Flour Resist Technique

This is an illustration of a hallway in Manchester City Library. I made it using a flour resist technique on a teal-gray velvet.

Dysperse Life Drawing

This is a really old one, but still one of my favourites. It was drawn with dysperse dye and the transfered on to a piece of poly organza.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Life drawing

This is from my first life drawing session after a few months off... unfortunately the paper got slightly damp on the way to the club and rumpled on one side.... Used this piece for a practise, but got so into it, it ended the best of the session!