Artist Spotlight: Five Questions with Vicki Turner
Meet one of the newest talents designing for Tendr, British designer and illustrator Vicki Turner! Get to know Vicki, whose designs debuted in our Holiday 2016 Collection, with this Q&A.
1. How did you become interested in illustration, art and design? What made you decide to pursue it as your career?
I was unaware of the various careers you could have in art/design, however it was the practical lessons at school that I enjoyed. I took it step by step, experimenting through art college, then university and continued to work in a mix of creative fields.
Now, after much hard work, I’m incredibly lucky to pay the bills working with clients I admire as an indy illustrator.
Last year I also launched a passion project, Feist Forest, where we specialize in making products that last. I get to collaborate with talented makers and focus on ideas and actions towards a positive future. It keeps me smiling!
2. What inspires you to create?
Many things inspire me, yet Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia is a legend in my eyes. A humble and honest man who has proved that business can be a great force for good. His efforts and achievements simply blow me away. If only there were more people like Yvon. And extraordinary businesses like Patagonia.
3. What’s a typical day like for you when you’re drawing/illustrating/creating?
For two years, I have been renovating an old, rotten tin church into a studio.
I have to pinch myself, as after such a slog, I now have a workable space with enough room to work on both illustration and Feist Forest projects. A typical day now starts at 9ish, chatting with clients, with music or podcasts on, illustrating or working on a mix of practical tasks for Feist Forest.
4. What are some of your Christmas traditions?
Christmas has never really been an extravagant time. It’s more of an opportunity to switch off, catch up with friends and family and hibernate with good films or books.
5. What else would you like people to know about you or your art?
I wish I was better. Perhaps one day I will think, “Yes Vicki; nailed it!”