Under 25 member: Huxley Mann
Meet Huxley Mann…
Huxley is just finishing up his 3 months on our Under 25’s Programme in London. His business, Huxley Official, specialises in laser cut jewellery and knitwear with a twist – some of his knitted pieces feature a reflective thread that glows under light, creating a magical otherworldly effect. We caught up with him to see how he’s found his time here, what he’s been working on and what’s coming up next.
How do you describe yourself?:
Fashion and textile designer specialising in knitwear and jewellery
Brief description of your practice:
Rebelling against the use of conventional materials within my practice is the main approach I have to my work. Concept wise my work is inspired by the diffraction of light, the romanticism period and structural expressionism.
Brief description of what you’ve been working on during your time on the Under 25’s programme:
The beginning being part of the programme allowed me to develop my first ever jewellery collection. I then launched this along with a knitted capsule collection at my first private exhibition at Somerset House. I collaborated with a fashion and commercial photographer to produce imagery to be used on my websites new ecommerce store.
Also I managed to gain freelance employment as a photography assistant (within Somerset House)
What was most useful/valuable thing about being at Makerversity:
Being part of a creative community where everyone is so helpful and positive and interested in your work was definitely a massive boost to me and has given me the confidence to continue with my practice.
Were there any challenges you faced during your time here:
The exhibition killed me I had no idea how much work and planning goes into it, but it all come together in the end and I look back on it now as a real achievement.
I am photographing the knitted capsule collection in the next couple of weeks, I’m experimenting with some new jewellery ideas, I’m sourcing yarns at the moment from japan to create a ready to wear collection, I’m trying to get myself signed up to a textile agency, the list just goes on and on.
The main thing at the moment is getting myself to a point where I can afford to stay at Makerversity as it’s opened so many doors and I’m just really enjoying my time here.
I just want to keep going. This is only the beginning.
If someone asked you now whether they should apply for the scheme or not, what insight could you offer them:
JUST DO IT!!!! APPLY.
It’s the most amazing scheme and has opened up so many doors for me. Just make the most of it three months goes by so quickly. The workshop facilities have been invaluable for the development of my practice, sign up to everything and just go for it.
Also you get a members discount at Pennethornes café and the cheese board is on fleek, I think that alone is worth applying for the scheme.