New Artist Joins Designed and Created - Vici Sinkinson The Stitch Stylist
Vici Sinkinson studied visual communication at Bath Spa University College, specialising in her final year in print making before embarking on a career in children’s book publishing. A true all-round creative, Vici is now a self-taught embroiderer and has a passion for interiors and fashion and we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of Designed and Created.
Vici Sinkinson aka 'The Stitch Stylist' in Conversation with Laura at Designed and Created:
Laura: How did your journey start as an artist?
Vici: I always knew art was my calling from the age of 8. I was always that kid that knew what they were going to be when they grew up. However, it actually took many years to allow myself to embrace the title of artist, first following more commercial disciplines in graphic design.
Lockdown actually gave me the space and time to allow me to focus solely on my art for the first time really. It was then that I had this idea of a Warrior image. I didn’t really know how it was going to look or turn out when I started to stitch, it was a very organic process.
L: How would you describe/explain your work/pieces?
V: All my pieces are female and have a feminist element to them. The Warrior pieces, especially, are aimed at empowering women, and I like to think of them as like talisman. We have all had to dig deep and stay strong through this pandemic and so I think this past year more than ever people have really related to the Warrior. The Warrior pieces were also a call back to nature. In the western world we have long lost that connection with mother nature that indigenous people live by. However, during lockdown people were forced to be still and enjoy only the simple pleasures of life, bird song and flowers blossoming. I think that was rather remarkable. So, the Warrior piece is also about getting back to listening to ourselves and intuition.
L: What's Important to you?
V: Empowering women through my art. That’s the dream and the goal. Equality for all in this world. Balance.
L: What are you working on at the moment?
V: Three more of my swimmers in different colour ways - water warriors as I call them. I’m totally fascinated by wild swimming! Although I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do it myself! It looks utterly peaceful and at one with nature.
L: What or who Influences you?
V: I love stories! In particular Myths & Legends and fairy stories and even bible stories. They are the oldest of stories and that fascinates me, where did they come from? Is there truth in them? They are shrouded in mystery, too old even to unravel. I’m also interested in how the female characters are portrayed within these texts. Symbolism is another thing that I try to work into my art.
L: What was the last piece of design, art, craft you bought and why and who for?
V: I tend to buy lots of prints mostly. The most recent purchase was by Maltese embroidery artist Ebru Cinar. It’s a picture of Audrey Hepburn with embroidered flowers flowing from her mouth, and I bought it just for me and because I believe it’s important in supporting other artists and small independent businesses.