A former TyneMet student has gone on to successfully set up his own clothing label ‘LESS’.

Chris Bookless, originally from Whitley Bay, who is described as the man behind one of the UK’s hottest new clothing labels, said that one of his influencers was his former Graphic Design Teacher, Dr. Paul Harvey, who is now Programme Leader for HND Graphic Design at the Creative Studios, Queen Alexandra Campus, in North Shields.

The Creative Studios replaced the old Art and Design Department at TyneMet and is a fantastic modern learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology to enhance learning in the subjects of; Art & Design (Fine Art), Drama & Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media, Photography and Fashion & Textiles.

Chris studied at TyneMet for four years, undertaking a BTEC National Diploma and an HND in Graphic Design. Now a fully-fledged success in the fashion design world, celebrities such as Beyoncé have been photographed wearing his ‘LESS’ designs.

When interviewed Chris said that his inspirations come from everywhere; day to day life, being around friends, punk ideologies, 90’s house record cover artwork and current fashion and design trends.

Chris went on to say that his teacher Paul Harvey had a ‘massive influence’ on him. Paul’s knowledge and expertise of the Stuckist movement brought to life ideas in graphic design. Paul always has hidden concepts within his paintings - something that Chris now does with LESS and his own fashion statements.

Chris said his future ambitions were to keep pushing boundaries and ideas, to be a globally recognised brand with a team behind him and to open a LESS store.

Paul Harvey, Programme Leader for HND Graphic Design at the Creative Studios, said:

“I am delighted that Chris has gone on to set up this business and the fact that he has been so successful is no surprise to me. Chris understood the concept of using images and words to attract, persuade, promote or entertain, he designed some amazing pieces of work during the four years he studied with me, using both traditional and digital methods.

“Chris has agreed to come back to the Creative Studios and speak to current students about his experiences and successes - I am looking forward to seeing him again and I am sure his visit will be both motivational and inspirational.

“I am honoured that he has mentioned me and my painting as one of the influences in his work, and his tribute is very warmly received – feedback like this makes me feel so proud and reminds me of why I became a teacher!”

For more information about Graphic Design courses at the Creative Studios, call and speak to a student advisor on 0191 229 5123, email enquiries@queenalex.co.uk or visit www.queenalex.co.uk/art-and-design