Monday, 20 August 2012

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

ARTnTHAT at The Scottish Fashion Awards 2012

My Complementary tickets to the event.

ARTnTHAT - Matt Russell Textiles attended last nights glamerous Scottish Fashion Awards, dubbed 'Scotland's Fashion Oscars', the annual event is one of Europe's leading fashion extravaganza's recognising global Scottish fashion talent and was hosted by the ever stylish and hysterically funny, Alexa Chung. 

Supermodels, fashion stars, celebrities, pop star performances, catwalk shows and the spectacular Swarovski finale runway show took place at Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium (or as we know it in Glasgow - The armadillo)

It was fashion at its finest and we were strutting down the red carpet, celebrating the best in Scottish fashion. We arrived to a buzz of glamour and excitement to the black tie event where the Fashion faithful came to celebrate their idols and up and coming designers.

I was ecstatic when my very own fashion idol Christopher Kane took the place of "Scottish designer of the year" ahead of the amazing Holly Fulton, as well as celebrities including Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan who won Scottish Icon of the year,and the ever elegant Made In Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh.

There were also performances from 13 year old singer singer Tallia Storm, and the late Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield. Check out my some of my pictures and photos of some of the award winners below.

Me & My VIP plus one - My mum.

Our delish drinks

Christopher Kane - Collecting his award

 SWAROVSKI finale catwalk show 
Christopher Kane - Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year

Alexa Chung - Wearing Christopher Kane
Stella Tennant - Scottish hall of Fame
Scottish Young Designer of the year - Hayley Scanlan

Karen Gillan - Scottish Style Icon

Dionne Bromfield - Wearing Holly Fulton  

Millie Macintosh - Made in Chelsea Star

Full List of Winners - SFA 2012
  Scottish Designer of the Year – Christopher Kane
  Scottish Young Designer of the Year – Hayley Scanlan
  Scottish Textile Brand of the Year – Dashing Tweeds
  Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year –William Chambers
  Scottish Fashion Icon – Karen Gillan
  Scottish Communicator of the Year – Faye Mcleod
  Scottish Model of the Year – Tali Lennox
  Scottish Retailer of the Year – Shhh-Oohs(Luxury Shoe Retailer Edinburgh)
  Scottish Fashion Photographer – Jonathan Daniel Pryce
  Scotland’s New Face – Kerry O’May
  Scottish Graduate of the Year – Joanne Mcgillivary from Herriot Watt. David Black was also awarded a Highly Commended Certificate
  International Designer of the Year (for use of a Scottish fabric) – Mulberry
  Scottish Fashion Innovator – Brian Rennie, Creative Managing Director of Basler
  Fashion Ambassador – Colin Mcdowell MBE 
Scottish Hall of Fame – Stella Tennant 

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Monday, 16 April 2012

1st Place Bradford Textiles Society Competition - Memoirs of a Sergeant - Matt Russell - ARTnTHAT


I entered the Bradford Textiles Society Competition where I produced a collection of print designs which were inspired by an antique book and memoirs of an Aberdeen Military Sergeant in the 1800's. For my designs I used innovative techniques, and methods but in a traditional style. 

 I was ecstatic to receve  a letter saying I'VE WON 1st Place & have been invited to their Award Ceremony and conference down in Bradford on May 2nd 2012  AND a generous cash prize - Just a few days before my 21st Birthday.

My print designs used his text, maps, hand writing, and photos to create a range of printed fabrics. You can see the full range of my designs in my blog post from October here.

For my entry to the Bradford Textiles Society, I began with my print design of the Sergeants hand writing, which I had created, developed and transferred into a digital format to be laser cut. Once the Leather was laser cut I printed a layer of Gold binder which added dimension to my fabric, seen below.

ARTnTHAT Print Design

Text transfered to digital format to be laser cut

Laser Cutter cutting my fabric

I then screen printed using Gold Binder to create a layered outcome.

Outcome: Lasercut leather and Printed Gold text

Example of my fabric in use - Interiors

Example of my fabric in use - Interiors

Example of my fabric in use - Interiors - Panel at end of bed

I am so pleased my designs were successful and to be part of this historic Society - The oldest textiles society in the UK. I have only the basic info at the moment but will be sure to put more info up and I find out more...

To find more about the Bradford Textiles Society  - Click here
For more info on the Award Ceremony in May - Click here

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

On|Off Internship - Zandra Rhodes - Paris Fashion Week 2012 - ARTnTHAT Origami Instillation

On|Off Paris Venue 
Last week I wrote about my time working at London Fashion Week which was showcased on STV (seen here) talking about my internship working with Doll Creative Events Agency (On|Off) where I primarily based in London.

Zandra Rhodes with her new print design

While working with On|Off at London Fashion Week I was asked to extend my internship with On|Off and work alongside the team at their catwalk shows in Paris - an opportunity which I of course I jumped at! 
In preparation for the Catwalk events in Paris I was asked (with the help of another intern) to create a Art instillation which would showcase On|Off's new Fanzine. 
A concept we had to create, develop and build to be  launched at none other than the the Zandra Rhodes Retrospective Catwalk.
We created over 200 origami birds of various sizes,  folded out of the On|Off Fanzines and
These were then couriered over to Paris and with some help, they were hung up to create the effect of the birds flying out of the fanzines and coming to life flying outwards towards the catwalk...

The instillation was successfully launched at the Zandra Rhodes Retrospective Catwalk,  the team were very pleased at the positive response and the instilation was even featured on the official On|Off Paris Fashion Week promo Seen below.

Me - Matt Russell (Left) and Clara Menie (right) below the Origami Bird Instilation

At Paris Fashion Week I worked with many fashion designers such as Yang Du, Cunnington & Sanderson, Jean Paul L'Espinard, Bernhard Wilhelm, Andrea Crews, & Lee Lapthorne but the most noteworthy would have to be the magnificent eclectic clothing and textiles designer Zandra Rhodes.

Her Catwalk show was a retrospective work of her designs throughout her career entitled "Looking back, Looking Forward".
As well as showing her most famous items worn by Icons such as Princess Diana and Freddy Mercury, Rhodes treated audiences to a brand new design as well as new print which adorned the guests' goodie bags.

It was such a privilege to work with Rhodes and her collection was truly spectacular with her timeless eccentricity and not to mention her wonderful friendly nature. 

Working at Fashion Week in Paris & London was such an amazing experience and hopefully an insight of things to come for ARTnTHAT.

Tuuli looking onwards from the Catwalk.

Diane Pernet - A Shaded View On Fashion

Zandra Rhodes / AW12 from On|Off TV on Vimeo.

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