BIO - PHIL WYKES
Photo Credit: Mike Gabel, 2014
Phil Wykes is the Creative Director of SSTUTTER Ltd. He was born in 1979 and grew up in Wellingborough, Northants. During Phil's youth, he developed skills in illustration, sculpture and visual art which lead him to a degree in Creative Model Making from UCA Rochester in 2001. Phil initially began a career as a model maker in London’s busy architecture scene working for some of the biggest names and on many iconic buildings and projects. It is this experience at the front end of design which Phil is putting into Sstutter.
Phil has been a resident in London since 2002 and has been a part of many amazing local projects. As well as working with pioneering talents 'House of Hotbreath' and 'You Me Bum Bum Train', Phil is also a regular at London institution, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and has been a resident DJ since 2009. Being exposed to so many creative and inspiring people has contributed greatly to the original and innovative approach to Sstutter.
In 2013, Phil began experimenting with acrylic jewellery with a mandate was to create an original brand. Inspiration came from the 80’s and 90’s with a special focus on animation, movie special effects, console games, children's fiction, toys and merchandising. An aim was to draw on nostalgia whilst simultaneously being original and contemporary. Being a model maker, Phil has always been interested in the technical and engineering aspects of animatronics and moving parts in general - making articulation a design signature.
“There wasn’t a market or niche I was trying to fill, more that I wanted to see my imagination and designs out in the world and upon people. I have an unusual view on things and I was sure there were people who would be really into what I had to offer. I could create something they had never seen before.”