Matt spent his early 20‘s in the UK working for wacky maverick clients producing designer giftware and home accessories. But after meeting with influential creatives Matt‘s work turned to making stickers and illustration for guerilla campaigns, magazines and websites.
In 2005 Matt won a designer toy award with his imaginative Qee design (QT) hosted by manufacturing giants Toy2R. This golden opportunity set him on the road to self producing his own (now iconic) figure series Lunartik in a cup of tea using his product design mould making skills he learnt during university. His first series of figures were made from resin. Quickly moving onto a mass production run of 1200 pieces in the far east, Matt designed two blind boxed series of the same figure in a much smaller size. Matt’s been making smaller custom cups of tea ever since delighting his fan base with many unique variations and colourways.
Matt has now worked within the designer toy industry for over 20 years working with many great companies such as Clutter Magazine, Toy2R and Titan Merchandise to name but a few and collaborated with a host of amazing artists along the way.
Matt worked as a freelance artist / designer from his offbeat underground Berlin studio which happened to double up as gallery. It was always full of interesting people, either keen to talk about art or enthusiastic about getting hands-on work experience with Matt. Whatever the reason to pop into Matt‘s studio, it was always a great time to put the kettle on and have a lovely cuppa tea!
While Matt was in Berlin, he also curated a gallery wall in a local coffee house in the heart of town centre. Matt organised and promoted monthly exhibitions attracting locals and artists from far and wide.
Alongside his work, Matt’s got a passion for teaching. Matt has taught at Birmingham City University and was a visiting lecturer at London’s Royal Saint Martins college.
Matt’s passion to share knowledge about how to make your own designer toys helped him set up his own school, the Plastik Surgery Workshop. Matt has performed many workshops in many locations around Europe and has written and illustrated handbooks covering the process of self manufacturing creations from start to finish.