Sam Wilde positions his practice at the intersection of visual art and surface design, and is best known for visual storytelling through his bold repeat pattern work. Marrying a background in science with a masters in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art London, has leveraged Sam with the skill set to pioneer a brand new approach to surface creation.
Demonstrating outstanding skills and artistry, Sam was awarded TexSelect 2018 and spotlighted as part of this generation's leading new designers. Having produced works for a number of reputable brands, including Apple, Svenskt Tenn, and the National Trust. Sam is now focused on establishing his signature world-building approach through his creative practice and collective brand Vespertine.
An early affinity with science and mathematics led Sam to Durham University where he achieved a 2-1 honours BSc in Natural Sciences. Immediately afterwards he embarked on a three year career in London’s financial sector, where he worked as a Business Analyst and later as a Senior Trader.
In his limited spare time Sam worked at honing his craft, and without so much as an art GCSE was invited to undertake postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art London. Sam works across a variety of mediums, including animation, digital illustration, screen printing and watercolour, and sights his personal experience as a synesthete, 90’s video games and evolutionary biology as his biggest influences.
Outside of his studio work, Sam is an active creative consultant, product designer and university lecturer.
Through Vespertine, Sam seeks not only to enrich our bodies, homes and spaces with worlds depicting unabashed warmth and personality. But also to empower the viewer through each world’s conceptual message, and evoke in them a sense of childhood wonderment for the epics hidden within.
Sam considers the surfaces he creates as their own visually escapist worlds. A Lunar System where his pattern-work, silk scarves and Living World installations can live on for generations to come. 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.
From the stirrings of the initial concepts to the final pen stroke, everything Vespertine has been created solely and entirely by Sam Wilde.