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Guildford artist Joyce Hicks

PUBLISHED: 11:17 04 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:49 20 February 2013

Guildford artist Joyce Hicks

Guildford artist Joyce Hicks

A Guildford artist who switched from a career as a doctor to follow a more creative existence has seen her decision bear fruit, with a recent work being accepted by the V&A in London.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2011


A Guildford artist who switched from a career as a doctor to follow a more creative existence has seen her decision bear fruit, with a recent work being accepted by the V&A in London.


Every year, the museum runs an art competition for people on part-time courses called Inspired By and, in her last year of study, 56-year-old Joyce Hicks basketry work was among the chosen pieces.


I always felt drawn to a more creative existence and spent several years working as a garden designer and a volunteer at RHS Wisley, says Joyce. I made a simple basket on a one-day course there and was hooked.


Her V&A piece, Basketry Beads, pictured right, was inspired by examples of early Venetian glass at the museum and uses different barks and leaves, which she experimented with to create bead forms and textures.


My time spent at Wisley influenced my ideas in so much as the exposure to rare and interesting plants has helped me to use other materials in my work, she adds.


Alongside the V&A acceptance, another highlight of Joyces creative basket making was being awarded the Barbara Maynard cup for the best student after part one of her course. The award is chosen by the Basketmakers Association, for who she now sits on the committee.



  • Inspired by 2011 ran until Sunday July 3 2011 at the V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL: 0207 942 2000. Entry to the exhibition is free

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