Victoria Wiercinski revels in making the world a little fancier, one thing at a time. A graphic designer and artist with a particular interest in delighting with lovely colour, pattern and hand-drawn typography, she creates unique and often highly patterned work in direct contrast to our digital world.
She started Veekee Workshop, a stationary and housewares one-woman factory in 2008. She creates work mostly with lo-fi things like brushes and pens, and then produces them on two letterpresses, a vintage 1910 Chandler and Price platen treadle press and a 1930s Crafstmen Superior tabletop press, as well as silkscreening, top-notch modern printing and other crafty methods.
In addition to running Veekee Worskhop, Vikki is also 1/3 of a group of folks who coordinate the Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair, a twice yearly curated festival featuring local, unique and limited-run art, craft, toys, papergoods, woodworks, mini-amps, posters, bags, hats and dreams by local artists, musicians and the like. The fair is about to enter its fifth year.
She lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband Jim (and if she may say so he takes great photographs) and their two cats. Oh, and you might be wondering - why ‘veekee’? Well, Vikki’s dad has a Polish accent. When he says “Vikki”, he actually says “vee-kee”. Little did he know he was inspiring a moniker. Thanks, Papa!