Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is one of my favourite places ever. And I was lucky enough to have a chance to work for them on a commission for 2017 Christmas. So I fell in love with the place about 2 years ago, became a member, went there regularly to draw, and at some point got the confidence to get in touch with the head buyer of the shop who trusted me and gave me a chance. Meetings, sketches, design developing followed, and I ended up designing a card and a teatowel-design what they use now for ceramics and cards too. But let me show you pictures instead of me talking 🙂

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.greetingcard.desk.72dpimy desk during work in progress

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.greetingcard.72dpione of the greeting card designs

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.robins.desk.72dpiworking on my other design, the robins

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.robins.teatowel.72dpiteatowel mockup

viktoria.rodek.robin.mug2and the first sample of the ceramics, my very own mug 🙂

And yesterday I had a chance to visit the pottery where the mugs and bowls and jugs were being made..!! Thanks to my wonderful photographer friend Eva Nemeth for making it possible for me to visit the pottery, also for taking some pictures in your mesmerising style!!!!

And about the pottery – if you have a chance, visit them too, because it’s a whole package with gardens, a cafe and a shop, you can easily spend there half a day, so much to see! And everyone is really lovely, in the pottery, in the shop, in the cafe…! Aston Pottery is a highly recommended place for a relaxing afternoon 🙂

viki_02in the workshop

viki_09so happy

viki_10the brushes they use to decorate every single piece by hand!

viki_13we were explained all the steps, it’s incredible

viki_12colour tests on plates – well, I adore even these….. 🙂

So that’s the whole process from me discovering Kew Gardens until my range of Christmas products in their shop. I am still emotional, because that’s the dream – to work for places I love and to work with small businesses like this pottery, where everything is handmade.


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I am Viktoria, Hungarian illustrator and surface pattern designer based in London. I love painting patterns and drawing animal characters with human attributions. My main source of inspiration is nature, folk art and the infinite numbers of colours.

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