ALL ABOUT ME
Hello and welcome to Polka Dot Bikini Designs & Illustrations! My name is Victoria…and I am a Design-a-Holic....
Before I tell you about Polka Dot Bikini,
let me tell you a little about me…
I am a graphic designer and illustrator, residing in the pretty English county of Buckinghamshire, with my hubby Jake, and our dogs Betsy & Ruby. I gather inspiration and happiness from all sorts of things; like travelling the world, indulging myself in delicious foods, shopping for bizarre and unique trinkets, exploring different places and hanging out with my friends and family.
So, when and how did I become a designer? Well, as soon as my chubby little fingers could first hold a crayon, I fell in love with drawing and art. You would have most likely found Mini-Vicky drawing or painting; spending hours upon hours drawing Disney characters, which I would demand to be blu-tac’d onto my parent’s kitchen cupboards for all visitors to see!
As I grew up, I remained fanatical about art, which I always thought would just be a fun hobby. Until I left school and joined college to study Fashion and Textiles; which is where my young eager eyes were first opened to the world of Fashion and Design. I can still feel the bubbles of excitement when we had our first lesson on Fashion Illustration, learning techniques to draw clothing and figures....techniques that I still religiously use to this day. Combining this, with the foundation skills we learnt in design and presentation, I gradually began to develop my own unique creative style and I had a growing realisation that I could potentially draw and design for a living.
College was followed by Uni, studying Fashion Design at the critically acclaimed Nottingham Trent University. And if college gave me a passionate hunger for design and illustration, then Uni brought on a full-blown starvation attack! And my 3 years there just confirmed to me that I desperately wanted to be part of the creative world for my career.
When my studying days came to a close I hit the ground running, to build my future as a graphics and print designer in fashion and the creative industries. During this time, my profession has located me across the UK, including the throbbing heart that is London. I have even relocated across the pond, when I took an incredible bite out of the delicious apple that is New York City.
Within these varying locations, I have had an absolute blast, designing for some of the largest companies in the world. My time in New York was with a supplier to Walmart (largest retailer in the world don't you know!), I have also designed product for Tesco, Asda, Wilkinsons and Clinton's Cards, amongst many others. My busy little hands would lend themselves to an abundance of different products, including Fashion, Greeting Cards, Gift Bags/Wrap, Stationery, Partyware, Giftware, Underwear, and Lingerie …to name but a few.
As well as my colourful background in design, I’ve had some fab Fashion Business and PR/Marketing opportunities too. From being a fresh faced graduate working with a Creative Marketing Consultation Agency, to my much-loved years with a Global Dutch Womenswear Fashion company.
Every opportunity to date, has been instrumental in me building my own business Polka Dot Bikini; a unique brand, with original product ranges, innovative designs and a fabulous personalised design service..
After many years designing ranges for major retailers, Polka Dot Bikini gives me the opportunity to design and sell my very own exclusive ranges. It is liberating to combine my distinctive creative style, with my own personal inspirations (and vivid imagination!) to produce unique Greeting Cards and much, much more.
So...where do I start? I hear you ask. Well, firstly I would suggest that your next port-of-call is my Home Sweet Home page, where you choose which range to start browsing!
Thank you for reading and I look forward to working with you.
Be creative, be inspired and be happy.
Victoria ~ Polka Dot Bikini