Working alongside major brands at London and Paris fashion weeks, Matt has received many accolades and awards for his work during his time at university, winning the Bradford Textile Society Award for Innovation, City Guild Weavers Award in both 2011 and 2012 and Nominated as Graduate of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in London.
In 2012 Matt was chosen to participate in an innovation and future links program run by the Uk Government to study in Nanjing China.
"While there I was hugely I was greatly inspired by detail and intricacy of textiles, which has inspired and developed my own attention to detail. I was awarded a qualification in Chinese language and culture and the trip has left a lasting impact on my design work."
ARTnTHAT, Matt's online signature was founded over 3 years ago, documenting textiles, design work, photography and research. His Blog/Website and has became increasingly popular with over 1million views since its creation. This led to Matt being approached by STV (ITV – Scottish version) where he regularly wrote Fashion features and insights into the industry whist studying at University. Since the launch of his graduate collection Matt has been featured in various magazines from Vogue,Elle, Modh and Twist International Textiles as seen in my Press & Editorial Coverage.
Design Philosophy & Fashion Ambition.
“Creativity without ambition is like a bird without wings”
I would like to develop my online signature of Artnthat into my own label & have my designs featured alongside the work of high-end international designers pushing the boundaries within fashion, interiors and contemporary print design.
I also hope to collaborate with other emerging and established designers to develop my own skills and influences keeping my work fresh and on the cutting edge and forefront of the fashion industry.
· Chosen by British Government as part of an innovation and future links program to Study in Nanjing China in 2011.
· Completed a placement with TRUMP Golf Scotland in the creation of an avant garde capsule collection.
· Worked at London and Paris Fashion week 2012 with leading designers such as Zandra Rhodes and Lee Lapthorne.
· Won Bradford Textiles Society Award for innovation and City Guild Weavers Award in both 2012 & 2013.
Details about Matt's Graduate Collection
“My honors year collection is the result of detailed research and development into the topic of place and identity.
Combining geographical landscapes and my own recordings of travel I have designed an androgynous fashion collection, showcasing the appeal of concealed identity within today’s globalized hybrids of cultures merging.
The experience of travel, both having studying abroad in Nanjing China and completing placements away from home in London and Paris has led to me developing my appreciation of my own Scottish heritage which led to me being heavily influenced by the Scottish landscape.
In pushing the constraints of scale and perspective I have created my innovative androgynous fashion range. Using innovative techniques such as laser cutting, and the development of printing designs upon 6ft + fringing”- Matt