Alex Russell is a freelance designer and graphic artist. He creates pattern and print designs and artworks for interiors, home, fashion, lifestyle, giftware and any other end-use.
His client list includes Alexander Henry, Almedahls, Bjorn Borg, C and A, Carven, Eco Tapeter, Etam, European Library, H and M, Kendix, Lee, Lego, Levi Strauss, Matinique/InWear, Moschino, Nanso, Nokia, Oilily, Roberto Cavalli, Schiesser, Speedo, Tom Taylor, Thomas Pink, Tommy Hilfiger and Vero Moda/Jack and Jones.
Alex is highly skilled with both traditional drawing/painting media and digital technology. His coding ability and long-standing use of generative systems provide a genuinely unique ability to create beautiful and innovative designs/artwork.
Alex started working freelance in 1993. Based in Manchester since 2009, his studio has also operated from Leicester (2006-2009), Amsterdam (2004-2006) and Brussels (2001-2004).
Alex’s book, “The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design” has been reviewed as ‘the go-to guide for the next generation of printed textile designers’, ‘an excellent overview of the role of a printed textile designer’ and ‘[I] would strongly urge any undergraduate student serious about launching her own business in the domain of printed textiles to study it’.
It has been translated into French and Spanish.
Alex lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2007 to 2018 as Pathway Leader for MA Design Fashion and Textiles routes, Programme Leader for BA Textiles for Fashion and Senior Lecturer for BA Textiles in Practice. He was Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University from 1994 to 2001 for BA Textile Design.
Alex has additionally lectured at a wide range of universities, colleges, galleries and other institutions. He continues to work educationally on a sessional/guest basis.
Alex has extensive experience in trend forecasting/prediction and as a illustrator. His illustration work is ongoing as Halfdropped.