0149_WALKER
site test4

Accessories, adornments and wearable art

 

by Vikki Lafford Garside

Designer Profile

My love of such folklore along with a passion for art and textiles was always a huge inspiration and it led me to achieve a degree in Embroidery in 2002. Following the degree I worked as an embroidery designer and in 2006 I returned to education and gained an MA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. There I created my first collection of dresses based on old, more brutal and sinister versions of popular fairy tales.

 

Now working as a designer-maker, I am still inspired by the fairy tales, folklore and nature I appreciated as a child. I create feminine, elegantly detailled, hand crafted accessories, adornments and wearable art from a variety of fabrics, adorned with intricate embroidery and embellishments. I mix traditional hand stitch and hand painting with digital techniques of stitch and print. My work develops from initial drawings and studies and then passes through many processes of dye, print, stitch, cutwork and heat manipulation that focus on craft and attention to detail.

 

I hope you like browsing my website and if you have any questions please get in touch!

 

 

Like many young girls, I always dreamt of being a princess in a fairy tale, with sparkling crystal slippers and beautiful, flowing gowns of the most sumptuous fabrics, adorned with exquisite embroidery and embellishment. I imagined a world of faries and woodland creatures inhabiting the gloomy depths of the Cotswold countryside in which I spent my childhood.

1-IMGP6783