Deep Within x

453a1e239236920b79880dc4f0f78ae2_largeI had to post this.  Another illustration (I know. Couldn’t resist) of just what gems Kickstarter has to offer, but more – the chance to be part of a little bit of Art History.  Below are pictures from the life works of Howard Tangye, Senior Lecturer and Head of Womenswear Design at Central Saint Martins and teacher to the likes of Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane among many others.

Two of his former pupils who now run the Design Studio, Stinsenssqueeze are collaborating with Tangye to publish a book of his unseen works called ‘Within’ for the first time ever.  Why Kickstarter? Because they are not a publishing house and want the money to self-pubish. Why self-publish? Because they believe that this will produce a better quality result with control, heart and integrity…I am seduced.


Whilst outwardly his professional emphasis has been on his fashion teaching, behind the scenes Tangye has been prolifically working on his own style of illustration capturing the clothes and his sitters in a unique and evocative way…It’s the confident, curling lines..the colours, the freedom..the skill.

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The blue against the beige with the highlights in white..

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The blue with the ochre.

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They’ve even specifically designed the typeface. Such taste and dedication.

I am in heaven.  So much so, I am now a backer  – and I will confess –  there were literal tears of joy in my eyes to be able to do so…So for £80 (as long as the target is hit other wise this project fails, which would be a tragedy) I will get a signed copy of the book book plus a ticket to a special lecture in September…who knows, maybe I’ll wear a little MasonBentley number..until then, my cup filleth over..

Laters, Kate xxx


  1. Laura Lynn

    You are sublime as well, Kate. Love the book and I think it was a fantastic idea to self publish. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

    • MasonBentley

      Are you tempted??! Y’ can be done! I just want to bring back the credit for quality and put it back on the pedestal where it belongs.. xxx

    • MasonBentley

      That picture is divine. The colour combinations take my breathe away..the way it starts on the right in grey out line but ends up blue on the left? The cream against the pink against the sunshine yellow against the cobalt blue? And the orange with the pink..I have a red-headed daughter and my favourite colour to see her in is pink! xxx