Alex Russell CV summary
Alex is a designer, graphic artist and creative coder. He combines a unique set of art, design and coding skills to make original generative art called ApeiroPattern. Alex is also a pattern designer, creating printed textiles, wallpaper, fashion graphics and all other sorts of surface pattern.
He has built an international client list over nearly 25 years of freelance design practice. In addition, Alex has 20 years of lecturing experience, including running BA and MA textiles programmes.
You can use the following links to jump to specific sections of the Alex Russell CV page: Work – Selected design clients – Selected exhibitions/artwork presentations – Selected educational/academic talks and papers – Trade fairs – Writing – Selected book/magazine features – Education/qualifications
Skills and abilities: Creative coding – Analogue media – Digital media – Printed textile design, surface pattern and fashion graphics – Illustration and graphic art
If you would like to see examples of his work, the ApieroPattern, pattern and print or portfolio pages are good places to start.
Self-employed designer, graphic artist and creative coder
Generative art and design, printed textiles and surface pattern design. Online shopkeeper. Author/writer. Sessional lecturer/educational content provider.
Studio in Manchester (UK).
2007 to 2018
Programme/Pathway Leader and Senior Lecturer
MA Fashion and Textiles, BA Textiles in Practice/Textile Design for Fashion. Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Designing, writing and delivering teaching at all UG levels and on PG programmes. Provision of pastoral support and tutorial guidance. Assessment development, marking and feedback. Authorship, planning, design and development of all aspects of programme structure, content and curriculum including preparation for internal and external quality assessment. Development of new programmes at UG and PG level. External Reviewer (Norwich University of the Arts). External Examiner (University of Northampton). REF-submitted research.
2001 to 2018
Self-employed designer and illustrator
Freelance textiles, surface pattern, print and fashion graphics designer, illustrator and trend / inspiration book producer.
Studios in Brussels (BE), Amsterdam (NL), Leicester (UK), Manchester (UK).
1994 to 2001
BA Textile Design. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (UK).
Delivery, assessment and development of programme, faculty-wide quality assurance (for HEFCE review), research and related activities.
1992 to 1994
Self-employed artist and designer
Freelance textile artist, graphic designer, theatre set designer. Sessional lecturer.
Worked in Manchester (UK), Salford, (UK), Sheffield (UK), Bournemouth (UK).
Selected design clients
Alexander Henry, Almedahls, Bertoni, Bjorn Borg, C and A (Clockhouse), Carven, Clerici Tessuto, Eco Tapeter, Etam, European Library, Fit Flop, H and M, Iceman, Intersport, JC, Jeva, Juvita, Kendix, Lee, Lego, Levi Strauss, Manuva, Matinique/InWear, Mitlödi (Gessner), Moschino, Nanso, New Yorker, Nokia, Oilily, Osh Kosh, Roberto Cavalli, Schiesser, Speedo, Tom Taylor, Thomas Pink, Tommy Hilfiger, Vero Moda/Jack and Jones, Vlisco.
Selected exhibitions and artwork presentations
‘#Genuary’ Symbiocene Gallery, online show (www.symbiocene.gallery). Curated by Tristan Sauer. February 2021 (ongoing). Visit the show.
‘Creative Code Festival’ Lightbox: New York (US). Curated collaboratively by Never Knows Better, New Media Art, XRE Ensemble, Celeste Journal and Creative Code Art. November 2020.
‘BBC Digital Cities’ Media City, Salford (UK). November 2017.
‘Creative Industries Showcase’ Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). October 2015.
‘FTC Associate Research Event’ Manchester School of Art (UK). May 2014.
‘Building Launch Event’ Manchester School of Art (UK). November 2013.
‘Seamless: The Digital in Design’ Museum of Architecture and Design: Ljubljana (RS), curated by Dr. Annie Shaw, Fabrizio Cocchiarella. September to November 2013.
‘Digital Innovation’ Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). February 2013.
‘CODE Creatives’ Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). March 2012.
‘Power of Copying’ Xuzhou Museum of Art: Jiangsu Province (CH). Curated by Dr. Tongyu Zhou. May to July 2010.
‘Surface Design Technology and Tradition’ Kulturcenter Huset, Aarhus (DK). 2003.
Selected educational/academic talks and papers
Alex has given presentations on practice, generative art and pattern/print at a range of university, colleges, museums and other institutions including:
Auckland University of Technology (NZ), Fashion and Textiles Museum (London, UK), Huddersfield University (UK), Leeds Arts University (UK), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Manchester University (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), Salford University (UK), Sheffield City Museum (UK), Stockport College (UK), University of Central Lancashire (UK).
Alex’s pattern and print designs were shown internationally from 2002 to 2019, chiefly with the Amsterstampa agency (NL). Selected fairs include:
Premiere Vision (Paris, FR), Direction (New York, US), Heimtex (Frankfurt am Main, DE), Printsource (New York, US), Surtex (New York, US).
Alex has written a number of texts about surface pattern and printed textile design, mainly for the education sector. Notable examples include:
‘The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design’ second edition (2021), Bloomsbury, London (UK), and first edition (2011) AVA Academia SA, Lausanne (CH).
French translation: ‘Les fondamentaux du design textile’ (2013) Pyramyd Editions, Paris (FR).
Spanish translation: ‘Principios básicos del diseño textil’ (2013) Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona (ES) and Naucalpan (MX).
Co-author of ‘Printed Textile Design’ with Amanda Briggs-Goode in ‘Textile design: Principles, advances and applications’ (2011) edited by Amanda Briggs-Goode and Kath Townsend, Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge (UK).
Selected book/magazine features
Examples of Alex Russell’s work have been featured in a number of publications. These include:
Repeatless generative design project in Sue Carden’s ‘Digital Textile Printing: Art, Design, Culture‘ (2014) Bloomsbury (London).
Feature and selection of pattern and print designs in Bradley Quinn’s ‘Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge‘ (2009), Laurence King, London (UK).
Selection of pattern and print designs, plus an interview in Martin Dawber’s ‘New Fashion Prints‘ (2008), Batsford, London (UK).
Interview and selection of pattern and print designs in XFUNS magazine’s ‘Wallpaper Special Issue‘ (June 2008), Johnson Publications, Taiwan (TW).
Selection of pattern and print designs in Drucilla Cole’s ‘Patterns‘, Laurence King (London), 2007.
1995 to 1996
Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Nottingham Trent Univerisity (UK).
1991 to 1992
Major Project: Textiles for Architectural Spaces. Thesis: Chaos Theory and Colour.
Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
1988 to 1991
BA (Hons) Textiles and Fashion (First Class Honours)
Specialism: Printed Textiles. Theses: 1950s Printed Textiles, American/Feminist Literature (Highly Commended).
Manchester Polytechnic (UK).
1987 to 1988
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Merit)
Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (UK).
Alex Russell CV: Skills and abilities
This section of the Alex Russell CV page covers his creative and technical attributes.
Of particular note is his ability to combine traditional media (drawing, painting, collage) with coding.
He is especially interested in algorithm development that models art and design processes, with particular focus on pattern and composition. He makes extensive use of scientific and mathematical theories in his work.
Alex loves working with traditional media. He is highly skilled in drawing, painting, collage, collage, print-making, photographic and a wide range of other hand-based art and design media.
Alex has used Photoshop since 1994 and Illustrator since 1997. In addition, he has taught use of the software to hundreds of degree level students. He can also create coded applications/functions, using the ExtendScript Toolkit.
He has a high degree of experience in layout (InDesign), word processing (Word) and spreadsheet (Excel).
He has good working knowledge of DAWs/music production (Cubase, Audacity) and experience with animation and video editing.
Overall, Alex has excellent all-round computing skills, both with hardware and software. He is happy on both PCs and Macs.
Printed textile design, surface pattern and fashion graphics
Hundreds of Alex’s prints, patterns, designs and graphics have been sold for a huge range of end uses. These include:
Fashion – mens, womens, kids, sports/swim and underwear, plus accessories.
Interiors – bedding, curtains/blinds, furnishings, upholstery, wallpaper, floor coverings.
Giftware and promotion – wrap, cards, packaging.
He has worked for all market levels from supermarket/high street to haute couture, via designer and contract. Alex has a deep understanding of repeat and fabric printing processes. He is used to working directly with merchandisers, development teams and through agencies.
Illustration and graphic art
Alex has plenty of experience with creating artwork and other content for fashion and interiors sectors, including trend books, presentation, marketing and garment production/range diagrams. He has also produced images and other artwork for editorial, advertising and book use.
In addition, Alex has a wide range of presentation experience, including graphics, content creation and layout in a wide variety of formats both digital and traditional.
He was a Member of the Association of Illustrators from 2006-2008.
Alex thinks these two quotes sum up what he hopes his practice is all about. (They’re probably not technically something that should be on the Alex Russell CV page.)
‘…but what I do have are a very particular set of skills.’
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in Taken (2008) Directed by P. Morel. [DVD] Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox.
Etched into the run-out groove of the B-side of ‘Fast Product – The First Year Plan’ (Various, 1979) compilation; also the title an interview with Bob Last, who founded the Fast Product label with Hilary Morrison in 1977. Last, B. (2016) Difficult fun. Zurich: Club Zukunft.
Here’s ten less-professional facts. Alex also:
Does a thing called Halfdropped.
Speaks half-decent French (“demi-decent”).
Is a lapsed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Once made John Peel laugh.
Is secretly good at origami.
Likes Korg a lot.
Is riding Ultegra now.
Perseveres with CDs and fountain pens.
Has worked as a shed erector, pineapple canner, postman, film extra and potato picker.
Was once involved in the turning-on of the Stockport Christmas Lights.