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Creative Careers Showcase: Matthew Bowdon, Dalahast Studios

Reception: 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tour: 7:30pm - 8:00pm

Space is limited! RSVP by email to:  cgutierrez (@) cedarsunion.org

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Join us as The Cedars Union welcomes Matthew Bowdon. Matthew is the co-founder of The Cedars Union and co-owner of Dalahast Studios. He is an industrial designer and is behind the design of The CU's micro-studios. For this special Creative Careers Showcase presentation, he will be talking about his career as well as how he developed the micro-studio design, its fabrication, and how these micro-studios fit within the space. 

Matthew will also give a sneak preview tour of the micro-studios in situ at The CU's facility at 1219 S. Ervay Street following the presentation.


The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.


 Matthew Bowdon

Matthew Bowdon

Matthew Bowdon

Industrial designer Matthew Bowdon is the Lead Designer of Dalahast Studios which he co-founded with his sister, fibers artist and furniture designer, Megan R. Bowdon Wilkinson. The Fort Worth, TX. based studio which they call “The Compound” serves as both shop and gallery and merges their backgrounds in furniture, production, and industrial design. His practice incorporates cutting edge processes like, additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and rapid conceptual CAD with a mixture of sustainably sourced traditional materials, modern composites and plastics. His work focuses on high end commercial and residential custom furniture and hardware, utilizing short run, lean manufacturing techniques to maximize the output of their small studio. Matthew co-founded The Cedars Union, an Arts Incubator in the Cedars neighborhood of South Dallas, which provides studio space, tools, and programs to support emerging makers, designers, and creatives in becoming financially sustainable and successful in their practice. He graduated in 2008 from Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design. Matt lives in Fort Worth with his cat named Jack.