About

Vicky Swales is a woven textile designer based in the Scottish Borders. Her philosophy is to weave luxury, beautifully finished, one off textiles to last a lifetime. Drawing inspiration from her love of old buildings, her surroundings and travels, she takes photographs of details in architecture. These are developed in sketchbooks using line drawings and then translated into intricate patterns for weaving. Her current collection is ongoing and focuses on beautifully textured, jewel toned fabric for scarves, throws and wall hangings. The products are entirely hand woven and hand finished by Vicky in Scotland.

Education

Vicky trained in Textiles for Fashion, Interior and Art at Heriot Watt Scottish Borders Campus, specializing in weaving. She set up her design studio after graduating in 2013 with support from MAC Arts Galashiels, Business Gateway Borders, The Princes Trust and Scottish Borders Council.

Selected Exhibitions

Craft Design House Competition Winner
Edinburgh, 2016

Craft Scotland - Meet your Maker
The Haining Selkirk, 2014

Princes Trust Conference
Perth Concert Hall, 2014

Futures in Excellence
Borders Textile Towerhouse, 2013

New Designers, Business Design Centre,
London, 2013

Selected by Mark Eley
Dovecot Gallery Edinburgh, 2013

Heriot Watt Degree Show
Galashiels, 2013