Lee is responsible for the new addition to the school of Art & Design's course portfolio - BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design programme. His responsibilities included the development of the curriculum and the subsequent validation of this new programme to begin 2011/12 academic year.
By developing the facilities together with a wide range of teaching and learning activities Lee has developed an new option to complement our existing range of successful creative programmes. Lee also delivers teaching on the fashion design programme with regards to 2D skills and computer aided design together with an graphics elective (visual presentation) open to a variety of creative courses.
Prior to NTU Lee worked for many arts organisations such as the Scottish Arts Council as a textile artist in residence and as an embroiderer’s guild scholar exhibiting works nationally through sponsored projects. This led to him winning a Harold Tillman Scholarship to study at MA level at the London College of Fashion. This led to opportunities to explore leather product development and exhibit his work internationally while working freelance as a product developer and teaching.
Lee’s research gives students real life experiences and opportunities to access up-to-date materials and technologies and also sponsorship from companies that are used in his own practice. His brand MATTOX (MATTOXBAG LDT) explores innovative pattern cutting, CNC cutting technologies and CAD/CAM manufacture. He exhibits this across Europe and he has pieces in the Tassenmuseum private collection. His collections are available online and at artisanal craft/trade fairs and exhibitions. MATTOX is an ethical fashion brand that avoids traditional factory process, unfair labour conditions and damaging chemical waste disposal that harms the environment. The accessories he produces offer a new and innovative way to engage with fashion in a sustainable and ethical manner without reliance on low cost manufacture and all that entails. The products offer an alternative to brands in the market place and are designed as an alternative to trend led fast fashion and disposable luxury. Lee’s other research activities include new book proposals that focus on pattern cutting and product development alongside continued research into the ethic’s surrounding the use of leather.
External examiner – Institute Marangoni (London/Paris)
Sponsors and collaborators
The Worshipful Company of the Leathersellers.
Luxury goods – leather – bags – ethical/sustainable fashion CAD/CAM Manufacture.