As an ex-goth who can’t quite give up a fascination with clothes, I love drawing all aspects of fashion – and, along the way, recording some aspects of our shared social history.
Goth and Japanese cosplay fashion
In 2019, Longreads published my illustrated essay Cut from the Same Cloth. This examined the topic of ageing out of one subculture while one’s child embraces another, with diversions into the history of goth (via new romaticism, punk and new wave) and cosplay.
Clothes and fashion are subjects that I particularly enjoy, and they are also dominant themes in my ongoing social memoir Satin and Tat.
In 2015, I drew a diary documenting a remarkable opportunity that came my way: acting as a model for the Swedish fashion brand Gudrun Sjoden.
This comic was printed up and handed out to every customer in Gudrun’s shops worldwide, on International Women’s Day. Gudrun also gave me the opportunity of drawing their customers live instore.
Everything my ten year old daughter wore in November
She’s 17 now, but I’m glad to have this record of all my daughter’s wardrobe choices back in 2015.
I want to make a difference with comics. Do you? If so, we could work together… time allowing. Find out more.
REPORTAGE, SKETCH DIARIES AND SELF-PUBLISHED COMICS
Comic-making doesn’t bring fame and fortune — but it can bring opportunities for travel and fellowship, ample rewards in themselves. Read more.
In 2021, infuriated by the UK’s government’s crackdown on the right to protest in the
Police, Crimes and Sentencing Bill, I spent the month of October drawing a different protest placard every day. Read more.