Victoria Wylie is the über organised and creative force behind Project Stuff.
Like many freelancers, I have a number of business interests which help to sustain my creative studio practice . . . each intrinsically interwoven with the other – and this guarantees an exciting, vibrant, inspirational and always busy existence! This website brings together all of my creative endeavours: Workshops – Design – Make
I established Project Stuff in 2010 – a design and project co-ordination business, and I split my time between running workshops for young creatives (EXPLORE PLAY CREATE); making in my home studio; and the design and project work I undertake for clients. I am a freelance designer with the Learning Team at V&A Dundee, and an Associate of a service design and innovation company, Open Change.
I have a varied and exciting portfolio of projects gained from working across the creative industries since graduating from art college. I began her career in an independent public arts agency, where I designed and delivered creative workshops for schools and community groups. Since then, amongst other things, I have worked in publishing, spent time as a designer/maker in a weaving and rug design studio, taught degree-level design students, became a director of a small company, organised exhibitions and pop-up galleries, supported practice-led research projects and facilitated and designed a number publications.
I was employed in Higher Education for 10 years – this included Project Co-ordinator at the University of Dundee’s Visual Research Centre where I supported practice-led research projects. As Co-ordinator for the Designing for the 21st Century research initiative (a 5-year, £6.5m joint initiative funded by AHRC and EPSRC), I worked with a multitude of HEI’s across the UK, which involved 41 projects and over 900 different research outputs.
I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee in 1997 with a BDes (Hons) in Constructed Textiles and in 2003 with a Master of Fine Art. I threw myself back into making in 2015, after becoming a member of Angus Open Studios – this is when I launched the EXPLORE PLAY CREATE workshops.
Originally, I trained as a Gobelin tapestry weaver, but I’m now make contemporary abstract landscape paintings. I have exhibited throughout Scotland and the UK and have artworks in private collections across the world. I have had the pleasure of undertaking a number of private commissions too.
I am a co-founder of the 56º Collective – a group of artists and designers based in Angus, Scotland. We came together through a shared love of making, creating and a desire to generate opportunities to engage with folk who like the kind of stuff we make. We do this by organising pop-up galleries, running workshops and initiating activities to engage with the wider community.
I work from my home studio which looks out onto my tree, plant and bird filled garden.
I am a do-er. An organiser. A creative. A thinker. And through it all, I can be quite smiley too!