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Victoria Sills created pattern, 4 panels with green and pink blocks, bananas, 80s print and orange/blue/yellow.

Student Stories: Victoria Sills and Applied Surface Design

Written by Hamish Chohan
Published date 22 August 2019

Delving into the work of another of our amazing exhibitors; it’s the final week of the CSM Short Courses “work in progress” exhibition, which finishes this Sunday 25th August. We look into the fantastic work of artist Victoria Sills who attended our Applied Surface Design Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Weekend short course. Victoria said of the course...

“Doing a short course at CSM was something I’d always wanted to do and this was the perfect chance to enrol and use it as stepping stone to refresh my own art practice.”

© Victoria Sills

Where are you from and what's your favourite thing about it?

I’m from Westcliff-on-Sea, it has a bit of everything - by the sea, but also near the countryside and not far from London!

What is your occupation?

I’m an artist and I also freelance in digital design.

© Victoria Sills

What short course did you to study upon at Central Saint Martins (CSM), and what was your journey to the course?

I studied the Applied Surface Design Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Weekend short course, with Suky Best, back in 2016. I had been working as a digital designer for over 17 years and wanted to make the break and pursue my own art career. Doing a short course at CSM was something I’d always wanted to do and this was the perfect chance to enroll and use it as stepping stone to refresh my own art practice.

What did you enjoy most about your short course?

I most enjoyed being totally emerged in the CSM course, learning new skills whilst meeting interesting, like-minded people.

What is it like studying in London. What has been your favourite discovery and/or experience?

Personally, I loved being in the beautiful Granary Square CSM building, it’s a perfect unison of old and new. I also admire the way that it is so inclusive, all demographics have been carefully considered in the design - families old and young, as well as the students. A truly inspiring place has been created, when you look back to what the King’s Cross area was previously like.

How has your short course benefited your career, education and/or personal development? What are you going to do next with your new skills?

Doing the short course was an excellent way of getting back to my own art practice. The skills I learnt on the course have been useful in both my personal work as well as whilst freelancing. Although I completed the course over 3 years ago, I still flick back through my notes occasionally and find really useful info.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at CSM? Why should they study there?

You’ll get the opportunity to learn from the best tutors in the field, in a professional environment with friendly staff and excellent facilities.

What 3 words best describe your CSM Short Course experience?

Exciting, intense and worthwhile.

You can see more of Victoria’s work via her Instagram (@victoriasills), Twiiter (@victoria_sills) and website. Suky’s fantastic weekend course also returns this October with places available to book right now – see you there!

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