About Vicky Yorke Designs
Vicky Yorke is a surface pattern designer and illustrator working from her home studio in semi-rural Worcestershire, UK. She creates bright and playful designs that bring fun and warmth to everyday living.
Vicky has always loved to draw, paint and create. After studying for a degree in Illustration from The Arts Institute, Bournemouth, Vicky worked in-house creating surface pattern designs for a variety of companies supplying stationery and homeware to the UK high street. Working on all aspects of the product development process from trend prediction to product sampling and even product management helped Vicky to learn about and understand what makes a great product. Unfortunately in 2010 Vicky became very ill with a type of chronic leukaemia called CML. Although she tried to continue working in-house for a while, her illness eventually made this too difficult, so Vicky made a decision to set up her own company, where she could work at her own pace and comfort level, while still continuing to support herself and do the job she loves. In 2012 Vicky Yorke Designs was born with Vicky initially working as a freelance designer creating products for the UK high street. Over time as her health improved, Vicky decided to follow her dream by moving to the countryside and expanding her business into product licensing. Vicky has built a design brand with her bright and whimsical designs and in 2018 her hard work was rewarded when she was named overall winner of the Really Good Design Search for Greetings & Gift as judged by leading experts in the industry from around the world!
Technique & Products
Vicky uses illustration and typography combined with striking colour palettes to create work that is decorative, bright and inviting. She is often inspired by the beautiful countryside that surrounds her home with collections including vibrant florals and woodland animals, as well as patterns influenced by her travels around the UK and beyond. Every design is hand sketched or painted in her loose and fanciful style before being digitally coloured to create designs that are full of ‘grown-up whimsy’. She deliberately leaves in ‘wonky’ lines and broken textures to add character and authenticity to her work. Vicky loves to mix and match and her portfolio is full of complementary patterns that can be used on their own, or combined across a range of products to create a fresh and eclectic look.
Today, products made under the Vicky Yorke Designs brand include: luggage; fabric; cushions; trays, chopping / serving boards, pot stands / trivets, butter dishes, salt & pepper shakers and other kitchenware; kitchen textiles like aprons, oven gloves, tea towels and tea cosies; back to school stationery; social stationery; gift items; mugs; placemats & coasters; flasks; reusable coffee cups; greeting cards; rugs; homeware - storage boxes, clocks, key boxes, vases, candle holders, lanterns, trinket dishes; face masks; snoods; wall art and plaques and much, much more! Vicky’s designs are sold in major retailers worldwide.
Shop With Vicky
Vicky loves nothing more than meeting her customers and has enjoyed taking part in a selection of pop-up stores in the UK. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic she has been listed as clinically vulnerable to the virus and so is currently unable to sell face to face. Instead, this website has been especially curated to sell a selection of Vicky’s products direct to you online in the UK. Some of the products featured in the shop (such as kitchenware and kitchen textiles) are made by Vicky's trusted licensing partners. Other items, including badges, pocket mirrors and hanging hearts are made by local manufacturers exclusively for vickyyorkedesigns.com. Greetings cards are printed and cut by hand at the Vicky Yorke Designs studios.
Vicky Yorke Designs is a proud supporter of the Just A Card campaign.
Ethical & social responsibility
Many of the products found on vickyyorkedesigns.com are made in the UK and help to support a chain of British businesses and jobs. These products have a low carbon footprint and where-ever possible Vicky sources eco-friendly materials and packaging for use in her studio products. Look out for ‘Made In The UK’ and ‘Eco Friendly’ in the product description or tags. Please help to save the planet by re-using or recycling cards and packaging where you can.
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