Vikki Lafford Garside

Growing up in rural Oxfordshire I had an appreciation for the countryside and a fascination with nature and wildlife. This love of nature and a passion for art and textiles led me to achieve a degree in Embroidery, followed by a Master’s degree in Textile design in 2006. Since then I have worked as a designer-maker of textile accessories and also wedding dresses. In 2016 I received the awards of Best Independent Designer and Best in Show at Art Couture festival for my wearable art piece entitled ‘Ocean’s Last Gasp’. My wearable art, adornments and accessories are sold in galleries throughout the UK and I regularly attend craft fairs and markets where I meet lovely customers and gain inspiration for new designs.

My work is still inspired by the fairy tales, folklore and nature I appreciated as a child, as well as decorative arts and historical costume.  The designs develop from initial drawings and studies which then pass through many different processes of dye, print, stitch, cutwork and heat manipulation to create unique and entirely wearable, decorative and colourful textile accessories to wear and treasure.

Since 2017 I have worked from a bright and airy studio in the courtyard of a grade II listed former pub in central Witney. I occasionally open my studio to visitors, so please see my website and join my mailing list for news about events and open studios.

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