South Bristol Voice

Printed interview in South Bristol Voice, July 2020 Words Charley Rogers

“When lockdown happened it felt like my life just stopped.” says local artist Victoria Willmott, who is used to spending her time “rushing across the city”.  

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Online article on Bristol 24/7

Online article on Bristol 24/7, June 2020
Words Victoria Willmott

‘What started as a way to pass the time during lockdown, turned into producing a 32-page illustrated book of drawings. The sketches are from daily walks around Long Ashton and Bristol, created in vivid pastel colours.

My normality used to be rushing across the city on my bike pedalling from freelance job to part time job, to studio meetings and private views. When lockdown happened, it felt like my life just stopped.

At first there was a sense of uncertainty from losing work and the stark realisations of the risks of freelancing.’

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Exhibition Review on This is Odense

‘Tea Party’ exhibition review by This is Odense, June 2019
Words by Pil Lindgreen

‘...Most notable is Victoria Willmott's “imagined, remembered narrative maps” - fantasy-remembered story prints - which she also did over Odense during the graphic artist's last month-long stay here in the city in 2017.

Each part can be moved individually and added to a new location. Victoria Willmott was inspired by the construction site around the workshop to reinvent the city's landscape freely. Her prints are therefore playful and collage-like.’

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Online Interview on Sky Light Rain

Online interview - Sky Light Rain, 2019
Words by Judy Darley

‘Victoria created the artwork using lino cut and devised a map that leads you through her alternative Cinderella tale, “but you could take any path you wanted and perhaps make up your own version of the story.”

“What’s interesting is that fairytales have lasted through hundreds of years and several generations and are still so well known today. The stories themselves often carry a hidden meaning that brings sense or a moral message, but sometimes they’re just fantastic stories that take you on a journey far far away and I love that about them. I like to reimagine these fantastical fairy tales within our every day and place them into our modern world.”

Read full interview on Sky Light Rain.

Guest Entry for Golden Thread Project 

Article written for Golden Thread Project, May 2018 Words Victoria Willmott

‘Illustrator Victoria Willmott brings us a visual report on her contribution to Folklore Exhibition ‘Illustrated Stories of the World’ at Hamilton House, Bristol.

This ancient legend tells us of men risking their lives to hunt for Greak Auks in southern Iceland. One unlucky young fisherman lost his way and found himself stranded on a rocky island in the company of elves.’

Read full article on The Golden Thread blog.

Artist Interview in Pressing Matters Magazine 

Pressing Matters, Issue 3, Bristol Print Collective Interview 2018
Words by Mike White

‘ “I don't think about what I'm drawing, I just have this urgency to draw.” Vicky was always destined for something artistic. Her mum's a textile artist, her dad a musician, her five brothers and sisters all do creative things, so it's safe to say art is in her DNA. “My childhood home was full of pictures and we all played lots of imaginative games, which probably helped inspire me towards what I'm doing now, exploring narratives through illustration.” She did a Foundation, then a degree in illustration at Camberwell, where a very open, collaborative culture drew her towards workshopping. She now juggles her MA at UWE with work as an art technician in a school and a sideline in children's workshops at galleries like the RWA and Hauser & Wirth.

“All children draw, when they get older they often tend to become unhappy with their drawing, so they stop. You get people who say 'I can't draw' which I believe just can’t be true, anyone can draw, you just have to allow yourself to be the younger child version of yourself. I love running workshops to keep that encouragement going.”

“I like to work quickly, with simple brush strokes or pastel drawings. I'm more interested in capturing the character of a duck than the detail. I recently tried drawing some stuffed birds in a museum and it was terrible, because they were all dead - no life left to capture. I had to go outside and draw some pigeons instead.” Vicky's practice now involves bike rides with a sketchbook, “to observe the vibrancy of the everyday. I like going off on these little journeys myself, then working with other people, sharing ideas.” She turns her drawings into linocut stamps, painting on top and playing with composition. She'll layer sketches over each other, jumbling place, time, distance and scale. “That's when they start to suggest stories and narratives.”

As well as the next BPC visit to Denmark, Vicky's looking forward to a week's residency at Top Shed in Norwich, and to continue creating a “whole new body of work, mapping and stamping the characters of different cities or areas in a city.” Post-graduation her plan is simple – “just to keep on making. I never want to stop creating.” ’ 

Find out more on Pressing Matters magazine
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