Essig has studied at Haywood Community College (NC), John C. Campbell Folk School (NC) and Penland School of Craft (NC). She has exhibited extensively throughout North Carolina and Tennessee.
Vicki currently works from her studio in Western North Carolina.
“My work is comprised of fine hand woven fiber, usually silk, horsehair and other natural materials. Occasionally, I will use spun stainless steel and other man made fibers. I incorporate small found objects that find a home in the subtle pieces. My work is quiet causing the viewer to look closer, be still and enjoy a not so busy space.
Living in the mountains has taught me to be in wonder of nature and her artistic hand. On my daily hikes my pockets gradually fill with artifacts and curiosities that I find along my path. These small treasures that are often overlooked are archived into my fine handwoven cloth where they are suspended in quietude. Many compositions incorporate nearly two hundred year old manuscripts and texts. The fragments of this rag paper, with barely detectable messages, are hand woven into the silk cloth producing an intricate structure that weaves the past with the present. In viewing my work, my hope is that, for at least a moment, you become lost in the discovery of the minute, the quiet of repetition, and the beauty of nature and pattern."