portfolio for masters


I’ve made things ever since I can remember and drawn even longer! I love finding out how things were done and trying master the technique myself. I love colour, pattern, textures, I get excited looking at wallpaper books and as I’m deaf I guess this is my version of music, different moods, different rhythms, different vibes.

I have always loved textiles, from an early age.

I’m a bit of a techno-geek and love mastering new software and pushing it to its limits.

Since having a daughter; the rag trade has changed so much.


pencil on writing paper 1984

sketched for my BNC, before the college had computers, it’s my favourite of all my sketches

I recommend “Drawing Fashion” by Bill Thames, it’s the only suitable book they had in our library back then but it is fantastic to learn from.

intimate designs 2011

I was doing these designs and pattern cutting in 2003 and produced this illustration in 2010 in Adobe Illustrator to illustrate past work.

The textile patterns are basic square pattern repeats done in illustrator.

digital oil painting 2006

“Keith” on canvas – exhibited at the Zion Gallery in Manchester

I was trying to get as close as I could to a formal masters style painting.

placement print design 2010

4 colour plus base and foil – for Crystal Martin 2010 – Illustrator

“rain on roses” inspired by a wet trip to the cemetery; on reflection it’s probably a bit stiff.

wraparound placement print 2010

2010 entry into a Threadless competition – sponsored by (red) on the theme of transformation

the first things that came into my head were the fairy tale and transgender, so I decided to combine the two!

3d flattening 2010

technology utilising revolutionary, unreleased technology, a brother computerised embroidery machine and over 30,000 stitches!

diffusion range 2009

ready to wear range diffused from couture range project for BSc (Hons) International Clothing Technology and Design

I diffused the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Range into a ready to wear collection, designing the “sample fabrics” in Illustrator, as a very large-scale all over print.

experiments in pattern repeats 2011

in this example I have designed a simple logo for my cv in illustrator, then taken that logo and repeated it in various ways to produce different patterns – suitable for the inside of an envelope, the rear of a business card/correspondence paper – I kept the logo constant this stage – no changes of scale, colour or design – and was quite amazed at the variations I could achieve just by varying the pattern repeat.

freehand machine embroidery circa 1984

4 coloured threads on a domestic sewing machine, done by hand, designed from fresh flowers


2 thoughts on “portfolio for masters

  1. Kenneth April 4, 2012 at 4:23 am Reply

    Hi Dawn

    It’s great to see you have kept up your passion for art and clothing design over the years.

    I will never forget picking you up on friday nights wondering what outfit you had made that that day?..the red mini skirt you made that looked like a belt! and you said ( I had to wear red knickers because you can them!!

    I am sorry about that crazy girl who spotted you in a bar and said she had seen a picture of you! and just in case you were wondering the tape was wiped the day we made it.

    You may already know that I have lived in the USA for the past 13 years I married an American woman I work in the power generation industry here we come over to the UK some times.

    Keep up the great artwork and…. smile!


    • dawn hocknell April 4, 2012 at 10:15 am Reply

      hahaha OMG i wear a lot less when i go out these day – nowt changes!
      your ex told me she’d watched the video tape
      glad you’re happy and trust me i smile often 😉

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