UWTSD Graduate Mark Eley of Global Fashion and Design Company Eley Kishimoto Delivers an Inspiring Talk to Surface Pattern Design Students


University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Mark Eley of global fashion and design company Eley Kishimoto to the University’s Swansea College of Art and Design.

Mark, who attended an Art &Design Foundation course at UWTSD before starting out in the world of fashion, delivered a talk to Surface Pattern Design Students.

Eley Kishimoto with a group of student

UWTSD’s Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Surface Patter Design, Georgia McKie said : “Mark Eley encapsulates all that we hope to instil in our students; an unquenchable thirst for creativity and design, an extraordinary energy for generating work and an openness for collaborating with like-minded creatives.  In his inspirational lecture, he generously shared his 20+ years of the brand Eley Kishimoto, honestly reflecting on the challenges and mistakes as well as the triumphs and indulgences encountered.  Their back catalogue of iconic patterns, such as FLASH, and multitude of projects blew the students’ minds and gave them a spectacular insight into what is possible for a graduate of Swansea College of Art.  We are very much looking forward to creating future collaborative opportunities between Mark Eley and Swansea College of Art in his role as a self-proclaimed ‘Serial Collaborator!’” 


Eley Kishimoto by the VW

Living by the maxim "Print The World," Eley Kishimoto have always strived to create work that is executed simply, clear in intention, exhibiting a unique creative flair that rejects passing trends and fads.

From a partnership forged in the early 90's,  the design company quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their craftmanship gracing the world's catwalks via work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name but a few.

In the mid 90's the partnership moved into the fashion world with the launch of their first womenswear collection; this proved to be such a success that the company has continued to produce their own Eley Kishimoto line ever since.

Eley Kishimoto lecturing a group of studenst

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Although initially earned as a result of these vibrant fashion collections, the company's renown has always been very much associated with their freedom to decorate anything and everything. It is this print design aesthetic that is key to their works' identity

Thus following hot on the hemline of these collections came a steady stream of ever more varied design products. Wallpapers, furniture, furnishing fabrics, glassware and crockery led on to more industrial based design work in the automotive, architectural and electronics worlds, whilst also working with individual artists and galleries. The company sees each new design challenge as a platform from which to communicate with a wider, more varied audience.

Creative directors for Paris based fashion house Cacharel between 2008 and 2009, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto are currently artistic directors of a new line for the Japanese market Laura Ashley London.

They have collaborated on works with BMW motorbikes, Eastpak bags, Duvel beer, Incase (Macbook, iPhone, iPad accessories) amongst others.