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Patrick Joseph, Studio 3

Patrick Joseph, Artisan Tailor

“I was born in Southern Ireland and come from a farming background. Having always been fascinated by how things are made, I moved to London as a young teenager and began working in the garment industry. Here, I was able to work along side true artisans of the trade and learn the skills and techniques of cutting and making. It was an exhilarating time for British talent in fashion. 1983 saw the birth of the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week which led me to many years working with the emerging designers and producers on men’s and women’s collections.

My own education around Garment was a natural process which came from working alongside people who inspired and challenged me. I worked on catwalk show collections for Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Giles Deacon. I also worked in education on the BA & MA courses at London’s Central St Martins, Kingston University London and The Royal College of Art.

Chance plays an interesting role in life and it was by sheer chance I visited North Wales in the summer of 2011. I decided to relocate from London and set up a design studio in North Wales. It was here that I moved my focus to the development and production of individual bespoke tailoring.

I would describe myself as an artisan tailor rather than a fashion designer. I love to cut, drape, form, shape and tailor things to a way we really want to wear clothes. I have begun a residency at Ruthin Craft Centre. Here, I am looking forward to continue to design, develop and produce clothing based around menswear long term as well as continuing our collaborative development, Brethyn Clwyd with The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.”