Vicki Turner, designer, illustrator, maker and surfer chats life
I grew up in a cottage on the coast of North Devon. With memories of long sunny days at the beach, bodyboarding and making tyre swings, catapults and hay dens at my Gramps’ farm. Having young parents we didn’t have a lot of money and the cottage was often missing a wall or window, while being fixed-up, yet we had a great childhood, with freedom, nature and plenty of laughter.
I left Devon for university to see what was beyond the West Country, not to follow a career. I had no idea. All I knew was that I loved the creative process. It was never a task, unlike other lessons in school. I am thankful for my art teacher who believed in my ability and gently pushed me in the right direction. I love to experiment in various creative fields and learning something new every day. Yet I feel I have so much more to learn.
Of all the creative projects to date, the one I’m most proud of, was for RNLI. I designed and illustrated their confectionery range, sales increased and the range is still in store today. (Photo above)
Last year on a whim, I enrolled at Josh Long’s new Pattern School. Late 2013, I was at a crossroads. When listening to the Happy Monday podcast in Finland, I signed up and headed to North Carolina, USA out of curiosity more than anything. I was relieved to find a group of down-to-earth folk who were up to all kinds of creative goodness. I learned a heck of a lot and returned with a new adventure in my sights.
I moved back to Devon to start a creative studio and rekindle my Plucky Blog. Plucky was a place to share stories and ideas that had a positive impact. With the sole purpose of bringing courageous ideas and people together. I am still overwhelmed by the generosity of those who give their time and wisdom to The Plucky Ones Q&A’s. Mickey Smith’s interview made the most impact, his talent and approach to life is something else.
I've always had a passion for the natural world. It makes me smile to think that at the age of 12, I started a wildlife charity. I made badges and zines for my school friends who donated to become a member. Since those days I’ve continued to learn and take time to read about ecology and design. If I can continue to do things I love, make better things and help bring stories to life, I’ll be incredibly grateful.
My most recent side project is a new art series, Drop In The Ocean, a visual call to help protect our dear oceans with 10% of each print sale donated to Surfers Against Sewage.
Here is the print from the series: