Jill AlexanderMADCAT design studio is the creative vision of Jill Alexander. Jill has nearly 40 years experience in the fashion industry, after being one of the youngest ever graduates from the Honours programme at the famous St. Martins School of Art in London. During her career Jill has been a designer, patterncutter and illustrator employed by a number of major fashion companies in England, and a respected fashion educator in New Zealand.

MADCAT design studio is located in the Old Anchor Inn at Founders Heritage Park 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson.

The working studio is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 11am – 4.30pm, or by appointment. Entry to Founders Park is free for MADCAT customers.

Jill can be contacted on 03 539 1355 or through the MADCAT facebook page.

MADCAT skirts can also be found at the Nelson Saturday Market in Montgomery Square car park from 8am – 1pm each Saturday, weather permitting.

The MADCAT workshop houses the large cutting and textile printing tables and machinery to make the MADCAT skirts, exquisite Jill Alexander vintage-inspired bridal wear, wedding dresses and Puss Puss historically-inspired corsetry. You are welcome to visit the workshop to see these fabulous creations being made.

“MADCAT is my vision: after years of needing to teach drawing and fashion design I am now free to develop my own dream. I specialise in making artwork into textiles into fashion. I draw, print and make my own textiles into wearable, fashionable skirts. I also like to work on freehand embroidered textiles using the sewing machine as a fine line pen. These pieces of textile art form part of a MADCAT garment or corset.” Jill Alexander, MADCAT design studio director.

Jill lives just outside Nelson with her companion cat Theo in a little cottage with a wild, colourful garden and a stunning view of the sea.