Design Creative Of The Week: Mark Bell [Fashion/Textiles/Accessories]
The hottest new talent of the week brought to you by PSFK x Arts Thread. This week a designer who creates original fashion illustrations that empower the underdog.
Why we like Mark: We admire the way Mark’s work straddles so many skills in the fashion world, enabling him to think of how a brand should look — in the fullest sense.
Why is your site called Galvanise The Dog?
Galvanise The Dog is a phrase I created which at its core means to stimulate awareness for the underdog.
What are you currently working on?
Freelance projects which range from fashion designs to lookbook graphics and illustrations.
How did you move from just fashion into graphics, photography etc?
I think it is natural to become a ‘ jack of all trades ‘ when you have studied a design course such as fashion. Before starting university I really wanted to challenge my strengths as a designer so I picked a course that I had never attempted before and knew little about. The fashion course I chose had connections into many different specialisms and also supplied a year’s placement within the fashion industry which inevitably set me on to attaining new skills.
I recently completed an internship with Manchester Fashion Network which was a fantastic opportunity as I got to see a completely different side of fashion. Eventually my time there lead me into another internship with menswear brand, Elvis Jesus, where I was lucky enough to produce some of their new print designs. Since then I have been working freelance and I have been producing illustrations, fashion designs, print designs and graphics for various companies.
What freelance projects would you like to do? Dream projects?
Ha ha! I have actually just completed a dream project of mine which I am very excited about and will be able to post on my website soon! But I am currently working with a very talented friend and another Manchester based designer, Rianna Phiilips. We are co-creating a digitally printed scarf collection which is something that I have always wanted to do, as I thoroughly enjoy working with other designers.