Dalston-born artist Nice Threads, Mate has been a painter and decorator for 17 years, but in his spare time has taken up embroidery. An unlikely pastime, perhaps, but not completely unfounded. He studied at Chelsea and for a drawing degree at Camberwell, yet “the only thing it taught me was I didn’t want to do that,” he jokes. After that he painted film sets, which he says “sounds more creative than it is. It’s the same as painting people’s houses, but it’s just harder to get paid”.