School of Design
Vicki Fong is Tutor in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art. She is the co-founder of ThomFong, a design and strategy consultancy that explores the commercialisation of education for businesses within fashion, conservation and health.
Vicki studied Fashion Textiles with Business Studies at University of Brighton, before completing her MA in Printed textiles at the RCA in 2006. On graduation she worked as a freelance designer specializing in digital print for the fashion textiles industry alongside exhibiting work as a visual artist at galleries; this includes Asia House Gallery, Quay Arts Gallery and the Royal Albert Hall. Vicki has also delivered creative workshops for a wide range of clients, including the V&A and the Royal Albert Hall, and internationally to students at ISDI (Mumbai) and NAFA (Singapore).Show more
In 2007 Vicki identified an increasing demand for digital skills in the creative industry in both design and promotion. This led her to develop a career in education to provide students with the skills for employment. Her specialisms include fashion textiles, printed textiles, digital design, creative marketing and employability. Vicki has over 10 years of teaching experience at degree level, which includes University of East London, University of Brighton, Swansea Metropolitan University and Winchester School of Art. She is currently the External Examiner for BA (Hons) Fashion Graphics and BA (Hons) Fashion Photography at Southampton Solent University. She has a keen interest in art, design, and digital technologies and has presented her knowledge to audiences at CNN, the Legacy List, and the Fashion and Textile Museum.
In 2015 a collaborative research installation with David Thomas NEO ORNAMENTATION: Redefining Creative Reaction as Commercial Output Blurring Lines Between Art and Fashion was selected, exhibited and published at the Momenting the Momento IFFTI Conference, Florence. Through David and Vicki’s shared vision and love of ideas, design and making, they founded ThomFong in 2016, a design and strategy company. They have delivered projects and workshops to a range of clients within fashion, conservation and health, which include the Aspinall Foundation, ArtWorks, Spotlight and the University of East London.
ThomFong builds a personal relationship with each of their clients, identifying opportunities for the businesses and producing creative outcomes that aim to enrich the experience of target audiences. Project outcomes have included 360 degree interactive digital experiences that allow users to view fashion collections in a virtual environment, the production of books that communicate the conservation of animals to children aged 7 to 11 years, and the design of adult easy read publications that illustrate everyday scenarios in order to develop skills for employment.
Vicki’s own research explores how cultural identity can shape aesthetic sensibilities in virtual and physical environments. Her method often mixes traditional skills of illustration which are often combined with modern effects afforded by computers. Her work provides a platform for her to explore her own heritage whilst inviting audiences to engage with aspects of Chinese culture.Show more
In 2016 she produced England Good Future, an interactive artwork that illustrated Chinese New Year rituals. It explored the visual and audio representation of an event that has come to represent the integration, celebration and evolution of culture within London.
Vicki is currently researching and exploring Chinese death rituals to produce outcomes that opens the discussion of death, loss, love and consumption.
ThomFong has a clear ambition to combine primary research approaches from a variety of different sources in order to offer human centred perspective on delivering communicative design and efficient strategy for business.