Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Camelot Fabrics Instagram Take Over (Part 2)

I am beyond excited that my fabric samples of ‘From London With Love’ have arrived and they are looking fantastic! The colours are perfectly reproduced from my original designs and the fabric is beautiful quality! 

The collection is OUT NOW! and I can’t wait to make something! (What I lack in skill I will make up for with enthusiasm!) 

A really special feature of this collection is the panel featuring my 6 London drawings in large scale. 

I wasn’t sure how to show it off to best effect, so in the end I hung it on the washing line! – It looks wonderful! You can use the panels to make super-easy statement London pillows or even some fabric wall art celebrating the UK capital city. 

Although I do own a sewing machine I am very sorry to say I rarely use it, so I thought I would ease myself in to doing projects with a no-sew version… I found this great bin making kit online, which is very similar to lampshade making kits. 

It sticks the fabric to a plastic pre-cut shape, which is then wrapped around two metal hoops and a base is inserted. I used my map fabric to cover the body of the bin and I think it looks great. 

It’s far too nice to be a bin and is the perfect storage space for all my fabrics, so I have upgraded it from bin to ‘fabric bucket’! What do you think? 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Camelot Fabrics Instagram Take Over (Part 1)

This weekend I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to guest post on the Camelot Fabrics Instagram account. It was so much fun to share my experiences of life as a designer and to get feedback from the sewing and quilting community who will be using my designs for their fabulous creations! I loved it! 

But in case you aren't on Instagram I thought I would add some of the posts below so that you can still follow along and get to know me better! 

Hi! I’m Vicky Yorke and I’m a surface pattern designer and illustrator living in semi-rural Worcestershire, UK. I’m lucky enough to license my collections with Camelot Fabrics and I’m super-excited to be taking over the Camelot Instagram feed for the next few days so that you can get to know me better and learn more about my life as a designer! Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section under my posts. You can also read about me in more detail on the Camelot Fabrics blog.

 I work in two ways as a designer: 1) as a freelance designer creating surface pattern designs, illustrations and new product concepts for suppliers to retail and 2) as a licensed designer, licensing designs from my portfolio straight to manufacturers for use on their products under the Vicky Yorke Designs brand. Here is a sneaky look at some of the designs from my portfolio. I love to mix illustrations with typography for patterns that are really fun. Most often I create designs that are bright, whimsical and that will hopefully make you smile!  

In addition to fabric, my designs also feature across many other types of product including stationery, homeware, gift, kitchenware, tech cases and personalised product and I have other new exciting things launching soon! It’s always so fun to see my designs come alive on product, adding a splash of colour and transforming the product into something that’s completely unique! (But I must admit that products that involve fabric are always my favourite!) 

My workspace is currently set up in the spare room of our small cottage. It isn’t my ideal studio space, but I have everything I need – pencils, pens, paper, my trusty Mac (basically my best friend!), my product samples and lots of light. 

Oh, and did I mention the beautiful view across the village allotments, which is always guaranteed to spark a creative idea or two!

My first collection for Camelot, ‘From London With Love’ launched just before Christmas and is in stock now! – Yay! 

The collection celebrates iconic British landmarks and culture and you can read all about what inspired my designs over on the Camelot Fabrics blog. For all of my collections I always start with a loose pencil sketch and then work back over the design in ink. I create drawings that are whimsical and fun! These drawings show iconic landmarks of London: Big Ben / The Elizabeth Tower, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Battersea Power Station. Also featured in this collection is The London Eye, Buckingham Palace & The Gherkin.

As the architecture drawings in this collection are very detailed I also wanted some simpler motifs to add balance to the collection. 

Once I have all my drawings together I transfer them to my Mac where I ‘live trace’ and colour the motifs in Adobe Illustrator and assemble the designs into illustration compositions or repeat prints. 

And these designs are then printed onto fabric by Camelot! 

Saturday, 21 July 2018

New Collection - Camelot Fabrics: URBAN JUNGLE


I’m delighted to announce my third collection for Camelot Fabrics has launched on their website. It’s called ‘Urban Jungle’ and features cats...


... as well as pretty meadow flowers! 

While I do like dogs, I am most definitely a cat lover and this collection was initially inspired by watching my beautiful kitty moving around our garden with the beauty and grace of her wild big cat relatives - Our garden is definitely her jungle! 

Camelot Fabrics say:

"Guys, it’s an urban jungle out there. But Vicky Yorke’s cheerful prints, raining cats and dogs, bring a smile to the city. After all, a house just isn’t a home without a dog (or cat). And a cat (or dog) is not happy without a quilt."

In addition to my repeat prints, this collection also features my hand drawn typography across two placement half-panels, which read 
'A house is not a home without a cat' / 'Beware of the garden tiger'... 

... and
'A house is not a home without a dog' / 'Beware of the garden wolf'.

These are perfect for making statement cushions / pillows, or even hanging as wall art!

Camelot have also produced a cute little film to celebrate the launch of the collection, which you can watch here.

Urban Jungle has been recoloured to a very pretty and soft new palette especially for Camelot and will hit stores March 2019. Place your pre-orders now!

All designs are available for cross-category licensing. Please contact me at
vickyyorkedesigns@yahoo.co.uk, or beth@jewelbranding.com for further details.