After successfully completing a Masters in Fashion Enterprise & Design at Westminster under British designers Shelley Fox and Zowie Broach (Boudicca), I assumed a position at the prestigious Savile Row civil, military and sporting tailor, Dege & Skinner, where I developed an appreciation for bespoke tailoring; in particular, the cutters’ all-important brown paper patterns of each customer. This fascination, coupled with the creative interpretation of the patterns, prompted me to produce a limited edition book entitled Dead Man’s Patterns. This artistic design story was inspired by a set of bespoke patterns belonging to a deceased customer. The concept was to recreate the patterns as objects of art, using the unique theme, which has become my trademark.
In my quest for artistic creativity, I forage for forms in historic tailoring archives and through my visuals I show previously untold stories. I use photography, my own sketches and digital composition collages to create sets of playful artworks. In October 2009, Paul Smith presented my first solo exhibition at his gallery on Albemarle Street, in London’s Mayfair entitled A Study on Anansi where I combined the patterns with western African folk tales. I have also recently written and been the artistic director of my second publication A Cut Above, the tailoring memoirs of Michael Skinner, master cutter and chairman of Dege & Skinner, whose story he tells through the pattern cutting journals Mr. Skinner compiled when studying at the Tailor & Cutter Academy (Due to be published in 2011).
I have since become the first recipient of the highly sought after International Rector Scholarship from the University of Arts, London. The thesis for my PhD at the London College of Fashion will focus on the uniforms of the British Raj and their construction (archived at the National Army Museum).