Vicky has been working within the field of textiles for eight years and in art practice generally for 25 years, since graduating from Goldsmiths College. She has a broad range of art and design interests as well as experience in a range of professional contexts.
In 2010 Vicky founded printed textiles company Thorody with Theo Sykes. They produce hand screen-printed linen for interiors and have exhibited at several key London trade shows including designjunction and Home, and they count major retailers, such as Heals, among their stockists. They also supply fabric and products to high end interior designers/architects, Waldo Works, JR Design, Stuart Barr. Thorody has operated successfully in the design and craft world and Vicky has developed good relationships in various parts of the textile, design, education and business world both here and abroad.
Since 2017 Vicky has been a Short Course and Young Arts Tutor at Plymouth College of Art, and since Jan 2019 she has been a part-time lecturer on our BA (Hons) Textile Practices, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern & MA Textile Design programmes.
As an artist Vicky has exhibited widely both in the UK and Europe. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2001 and Art Futures in 1999. Vicky holds a 1st class degree in Fine Art & History of Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, an MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College and a PGCE in Art & Design 14-19, Institute of Education, University of London.
2014 Thorody selected for DISCOVER: The Heal’s Modern Craft Market.
2013 Thorody shortlisted for the COADG bursary.
2011 Thorody took part in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme.
2001 Shortlisted for Jerwood Drawing Prize
1999 Neville Burston Award for Painting (Goldsmiths College)
In 2014 Vicky began collaborative research with Gary Simmonds, Senior Lecturer & Course Leader in Creative Art Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and Theo Sykes (Thorody). This research is ongoing. Operating under the group name of simputsyk, the working title for their research is: Collaboration and the Democracy of Pattern.
They share a common interest in pattern, repetition and geometrical visual playfulness. The interplay between art and decoration takes surface patterns into three dimensions, changing their form and adding elements of chance to the mix. Resolutely analogue in their approach, they embrace formalism, avant-garde jazz and other abstract notions.
May 2014 simputsyk at the Artists Fleamarket, Artists Village, Brockley, London
Oct 2003 Family Business, group show curated by Matthew Poole Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, London, W5
April 2003 Breaking the Magnolia. The Sanctuary, Brighton
Oct 2001 Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition. Alberto Vilar Gallery, London, EC2
Sept 2001 Moving, group show. Greyhound Artspace, London, N1
Sept 2001 Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition. University of Gloucestershire.
Feb 2001 Art Against Addiction, Art auction. Sotheby’s, London, W1.
Nov 2000 Amber, group show. Alberto Pilar Gallery, Turin, Italy
May 2000 Amber, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, EC1
Jan 2000 Problems of Everyday Life, curated by David Mabb. Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, L1
Dec 1999 Art Futures, selected by the Contemporary Art Society, the Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1