Sam Wilde

MA work

Sam considers the surfaces he creates as their own visually escapist worlds. A Lunar System where repeat patterns become Repeating Worlds, silk scarves become Contained Worlds and moving-image patterns become Living Worlds. Great consideration is taken so that each and every element within these worlds builds to form a logically cohesive scene, filled to the brim with nuanced symbolism and immersive detail.

Given Sam’s background in Natural Sciences, his graduate collection embodies a creative philosophy of visualising little known biological phenomenon and spinning them into fantastical narratives founded on scientific truths. Through these worlds Sam hopes to ignite a new found understanding of the very real magic found throughout the natural kingdom, as well as the paramount importance of conserving nature's majesty for generations to come.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Textiles, 2018

    Specialism

    print

  • Sam Wilde positions his practice at the intersection of visual art and surface design, and is best known for his bold repeat patterns depicting fantastical worlds. Great consideration is taken so that each and every element within these worlds builds to form a logically cohesive scene, filled to the brim with nuanced symbolism and immersive detail.

    Marrying a background in science with a masters in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art London, this has leveraged Sam with the skill set to pioneer a brand new approach to surface creation. Having produced works for a number of reputable brands including Apple, Svenskt Tenn, and British Airways. Sam is now focused on establishing his signature world-building approach through his newly launched creative practice Vespertine.

    Sam works across a variety of mediums, including animation, digital illustration, screen printing and watercolour, and sights his personal experience as a synesthete, with 90s video games and evolutionary biology as his biggest influences. 

  • Degrees

  • BSc (Hons), Natural Sciences, Durham University, 2013
  • Experience

  • Business Analyst, CME Group, London, 2013-2014; Senior Trader, Gerald Group, London, 2014-2016; Freelance Illustrator, Emma Shipley, London, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Ten Textile Talents, Strandvägen 5, Stockholm, 2018
  • Awards

  • Bursary Awarded, Bloomberg, 2017; Bursary Awarded, Svenskt Tenn, 2017