Meet the local artist - Victoria Fitton
I first came across Victoria Fitton this year via Instagram where her illustrations completely stood out to me. The range of colours, the soft and playful style, the gentle shapes, the beautiful patterns and the gorgeous themes of nature throughout. Victoria's style of illustration is the type that I cannot stop looking at and I know that when I seek it out, I'll instantly feel happy. And this extremely talented illustrator is local to me in beautiful Somerset, so I've been itching to learn more about Victoria and her work. So, let' find out!
Hi there, can you tell my blog readers a little bit about yourself?
Hi there. I am a freelance UK based illustrator/designer. I live on a working farm in Somerset with my husband, 3 lively children, Willow the dog, 3 cats and many cows! I LOVE all that is farm life, but if I am not running around after cows or children, you will find me drawing, painting, snipping and sticking in my studio - my proper happy place!
What kind of art do you do?
My work is typically stylised, nature inspired design and pattern, produced for the surface pattern industry. I enjoy using a mixture of mediums; inks, pens, collage with the overall aesthetic being hand rendered. I then clean up and develop further using Photoshop.
How do you work and get inspired?
Inspiration is pretty easy to find and comes essentially from being happy inside. The happier I am, the more creative I am. Having said that, there are lots of little daily rituals for me, which rarely fail to get the creative juices flowing. First thing each morning at around 6am I take Willow out. One of our first jobs is to check that all of our cows and calves are happy and where they should be. Once we are satisfied all is well, we can really stretch our legs and soak up all that is around us. I am constantly looking at leaves and birds, collecting feathers, or bits of twig, anything that catches my eye as we walk. I often press flowers and leaves and use them to draw or print from.
On return from our walk it's a mad dash to get everyone ready for school. Then once the school run is done, I treat myself to a cup of tea and a chill out for 20-30 min where I look at a couple of blogs, which I follow and a quick scan of Instagram or Pinterest. There are so many wonderful artists and designers out there who spur me on to do better and better. Pretty much as the last drop of tea hits my lips, I am ready to 'rock n roll' with whatever I have on the go at the time!
What do you love about art?
I believe people should have beautiful things around them in their everyday lives, be it a dreamy hand thrown mug (I do have a seriously good collection of these), a print in a frame, a gorgeous applique quilt, or a floral design on a biscuit tin. All of these things just make life that little bit better! And I love the feeling I get from making art. I only hope that in some way, that feeling shines through in what ever I am making.
What's the art scene like in Somerset?
So alive and kicking! Right around the corner from me in Glastonbury, we have The Red Brick Building, an ex-factory site which has been rejuvenated by the community and hosts an ever changing array of art exhibitions, work shops, live music and seriously yummy lunches!
Annually, we are lucky to have the Somerset Arts Week; an open studio event for local artists, designers and craftspeople, which invites the public to pop along and see their work. With maps provided and sign posted, it's the perfect opportunity to discover someone new.
Obviously there's masses more I could talk about, but a final little mention must go to The Frome Independant Street Market; a monthly event where the high street in Frome is shut off and taken over with stalls from local designers, producers and crafts people alike. Such a good day out!
If you had to take only one art tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why?
A pot of something would be great. Maybe ink. Maybe paint. Then I would find lots of different things, twigs and such like to use as mark making tools! Only this week, after realising that my dip pen had seen better days, I decided to use a cocktail stick to draw with. Who knew it could be so good? Where there's a will there's a way!
If you could go to an Art Award evening with any 5 people (dead or alive, real or fictional), who would you choose?
I would be delighted to attend an award evening with Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely, Anna Bond, and Ophelia Pang, as with so much creative wowness between them, some is bound to ooze my way... and oh erm, Gerard Butler, as I am sure he would be a welcome addition to the group!
Thank you so much Victoria! It's been truly wonderful hearing all about you, your work, how you get inspired and what the art scene is like in Somerset. Keep up the beautiful work!
If you'd like to learn more about Victoria and see her work, head over to her website and don't forget to check out her Instagram page too, which is gorgeous! For previous 'Meet the local artist' features, click here and scroll away to your heart's delight!