Vikki Lafford

Vikki Lafford graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002, with a BA (hons) in Embroidery. After working for four years in industry as a Computerised Embroidery Designer, she relocated to London and returned to full-time education. Vikki graduated from the MA Textile Design course at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006. Since then, she has worked as a freelance Textile Designer and in 2008 she launched her new label Liliia. To view the collection please visit www.liliia.com.

Like many young girls, I always wished to be a princess from a fairy tale, with sparkling crystal slippers and beautiful, flowing gowns of the most sumptuous fabrics, adorned with exquisite embroidery and embellishment. I imagined a world of fairies and woodland creatures inhabiting the gloomy depths of garden in which I spent most of my childhood. Then at night when darkness fell and dreamland encroached upon reality, I would hide in fear of the monsters of the fairy tales.

Now as a designer-maker I am inspired by the fairy tales, folklore, romanticism and nature I appreciated as a child. I create feminine, elegantly detailed, hand crafted clothing and accessories in luxury fabrics.

work by Vikki Lafford
work by Vikki Lafford
work by Vikki Lafford
work by Vikki Lafford
work by Vikki Lafford
work by Vikki Lafford

I find further inspiration in the older versions of popular fairy tales. I am fascinated by the hidden depths of the original tales, where lurks a dark and sinister world of emotion and scandal. Using subtle symbolism I like to suggest glimpses of a sinister world creeping out from within. I also explore the underlying themes of femininity and sexuality, common to many popular fairy tales. I concentrate on colour, embroidered detail and placement of the detail around certain body sites, to suggest sensual arousal and reaction to emotions central to the tales.

I like to use a variety of techniques and my work usually develops through a series of processes, always starting from initial drawings and paintings. I combine traditional methods of hand-stitch with digital embroidery, hand-painted fabrics and digital print.

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Website: www.liliia.com
Tel: 07813 154781