Published on November 6, 2013 | by Beau Bass


Chelsea graduates win Cockpit Award

A sample from Matthew Jacques' collection of hand-drawn prints which explore night terrors from personal experience as a child.

The Chelsea @ Cockpit awards help successful graduates set up in business [Courtesy of Matthew Jacques]

Two textile design graduates from Chelsea have each been awarded a Chelsea @ Cockpit Award, worth £2,500, to help them launch their own businesses.

Matthew Jacques and Reeve Massey will receive 50 per cent towards the cost of bills for the two shared studio spaces as well as gaining publicity through all the events Cockpit runs.

Massey said: “The Chelsea @ Cockpit Award is a great opportunity for anyone to progress as a designer so I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

The awards are designed to help graduates set up a craft-based business by giving them personal coaching, and providing winners with a range of selling opportunities through the studio’s events.

Jacques explained: “It wasn’t what I thought I would be doing when I finished at Chelsea but I think that’s a positive thing, I am really excited about a new challenge.”

He added: “I think for now my career goal is to get my business breaking even and then we will see how things go from there. Hopefully something will come of this year and I’ll just keep progressing as a designer.”


Entrants submit examples of their work to be judged by a panel including industry professionals.

Joann Bowring, one of the panel judges, said: “Matt has made a conscious decision to return to his original passion and create his own line of bags and accessories as a vehicle for his distinctive and very personal prints.”

Massey caught the imagination of all the judges and Elizabeth Cameron, business relationship manager at Chelsea said: “She demonstrates all of the key skills Chelsea hopes to hone in its graduates.”

Jacques and Massey moved into their studio spaces on November 1, 2013.

You can see some of their work here:

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