Ceramics – Art Challenge

Here is the creation of a 3D portrait in clay, using personal icons to decorate the mask of a face. This piece has been a while in creating due to the number of firings required, but is worth the wait.  

The piece was fired in a kiln, then glazed with white, then back in the kiln before the final pearlescent glaze and one final firing. 

I’m pleased with the outcome, I love the colours in the final glaze and how catch the light.  However I wish I had considered hanging fittings when making

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one of the kilns
  
waiting for the final glaze
  
After the second glaze and thir d firing
  
Happy with the final twice glazed face
 copyright Kim

 

Change hue to decelop the artwork
  
iI thought the face would work well as a sun
  
Discovering that the mask suited knitwear
  

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Final Exhibition Week

Well this is the final week of my exhibition. Final chance to see these original artworks publicly until who knows when. 

Please pop a comment in the Visitors Book, all feedback is very much appreciated. 

Thanks to friends and family for your support and to Anwen of Airy Fairy who made this opportunity possible. The final day of the exhibition is 30th April, please don’t miss it. Kim

 
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Sewing into Art

I was keen to bring sewing into my art so having heat pressed two of my designs onto satin I explored different ways of stitching into them.

I also took one of the oil painting canvas test prints from my exhibition and tried to interpret the textures and features on a section of it.

These pieces are in part inspired by the stunning work of textile artist Lucy Leveson which I first saw in The Simple Things magazine.

Here are the results.

Stitching and adding sparkle into a print of my oil painting
Pink Lady – Copyright Kim
Copyright Kim
Using a hoop the second time
Fairytale Princess in Her Tulip Garden – Copyright Kim

 

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Silk Painting – Art Challenge

Silk Painting in pictures. I really enjoyed trying this medium, there was a lot of flow in the process. If the experience had been edible I would describe it as delicious. 😊

Wax was used instead of the proper product gutta, which there was a defect with.

Using the Tjanting tool I drew a design in melted wax on the frame stretched silk, carefully not to leave gaps where the paint could flow between and mingle. I didn’t want the warm and cool colours to meet and create brown.

Then silk paints provided the colour. I love the way they move through the fabric and the colours mingle and interact.

Once dried I fixed the paints by ironing the silk between sheets of grease proof paper and with an adornment paper which took the wax from the fabric.

I’m pleased with the end result and am keen to do more silk painting, next time trying gutta.

    

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Batik – Art Challenge

Since visiting Las Dalias market on the island of Ibiza, firstly with Ben Shephard and the GMTV crew in 2002 and again with my family in 2015,  I have been keen to try Batik.

A dear friend of mine has the wax melter, tools and dyes and gave me the opportunity to try it. She pre-dyed fabrics in bright colours and once melted I drew on the, frame stretched, fabric using a Tjanting and brushes. (Health and Safety: Taking care not to burn myself on the wax pot and tools.)

I am studying and experimenting with inspiration so I chose mostly sunny fabric shades and worked on energy radiating sun designs and an eye seeing inspiration. Thirdly I worked with a winged gir/ angel/ fairy design. 

After drawing with the wax the fabric pieces must cool, the wax set, then dyes be mixed to add a second colour. I chose a magenta pink, and a purple. 

After being dyed a second time the fabric is dried before the wax can be melted out. Ironing out the wax between absorbent paper left a residue so I tried boiling the wax out, which although a bit messy and needing a dedicated pan, left the fabric clean. 

This article was helpful in understanding and following the  batik process Batik Basics Advice

I’m pleased with the bright fabric artworks, enjoyed the fluidity of the Tjanting. There’s always something satisfying in having created something yourself. Huge respect goes out to those who make huge batik designs, I would love to see that being done. I may decide to make a scarf, cushion cover, wall hanging, lamp or bag from the batik sections. 

If you have tried batik or decide to try I’d really like to see what you’ve created. You can comment below.          

Pink Sink!
    

The end results…

  Thanks for looking at this post, you can see any of my 52 Art Challenges at this blog. My work is displayed in April 2016 at Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop, London Road, Sheffield. 

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Learning From My Live Art Exhibition Experience

Following on from my previous post with the learnings up to the point of hanging the exhibition, this is the next instalment of tips and advice if planning an art show.

Thankfully my husband helped me to hang my art exhibition artworks on the walls of the cafe. The cafe had a picture rail so it was a matter of popping to the local angling shop to buy fishing wire strong enough to hold the artworks. Then hanging them, adding the prints, ensuring everything was labelled, and making sure that the Inventory was correct.

Exhibition Tips

Fishing Wire: Know that it stretches depending on weight of the item it is displaying. Know roughly how much your artworks weigh – so you can select your fishing wire , if that is your hanging method. I didn’t know that fishing wire unknots itself, so you need to triple knot the ends. Canvases can hang with the top away from the wall when hung with fishing wire, so you may need something to pull them into the wall like a sticky fixing.

Exhibition Guide: It occurred to me the morning we were due to hang that the story of each artwork and its inspiration were relevant and may be of interest to visitors. The artist cannot always be at the venue so a succinct Exhibition Guide can work to inform on your behalf. I printed two copies of the guide and packed it as I had done the prints, in crystal cell bags with a cardboard sheet to support. This meant they would be fit for purpose at the exhibition and enabled the visitor to move around the exhibition with the Guide.

At the launch evening the guides were useful for people to be able to browse at their own pace.

Enjoy whatever happens: When the launch evening came I didn’t know how many people would arrive, when or whether they would pop in, stay a while, ask questions, or just want to look. Best to be relaxed and go with the flow.

Put plenty of you into the event: Its nice to have a professional cake and catering, but be sure that you have carefully thought about what to choose, how to display and how to ensure that the choices are your creative way. The personal touch can make all the difference and make the show more original. This makes for a more interesting, fun and memorable event.

Questions and Answers: I have organised travel events for journalists but an art event was new to me. I didn’t know what to expect, what people might ask, and therefore how I might explain or answer. I suggest having a think beforehand, either alone of with a couple of friends, consider what people may ask and give thought to artwork explanations that you may not have vocalised before.

 

Other activity: Think beforehand about whether you might like to do other activity alongside the exhibition. Once my exhibition was in place I felt very strongly that I wished to host an art workshop in the exhibition space, it would be the first of such an evert. Once my artworks were on the walls it felt fitting to practice art with likeminded people there.

Secondly I thought that I would have liked to have unveiled a new artwork part way through the show, my exhibition is live for five weeks so that is something I would have done in hindsight.

Younger Visitors or Young at Heart: As I launched my exhibition in the school holidays I thought that it would have been nice to produce some colouring or activity sheets for children to make the exhibition more interactive for them, and left a pot of crayons or coloured pencils with them. Maybe a children’s art workshop would have been nice.

Dedicate Time: I know that as my artworks are at the cafe I feel very drawn to be in that space, I would suggest ensure that there is some flexibility in your schedule to be able to go there when you feel inclined.

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First Birthday and Art Exhibition Evening

Inspire by Kim is  now one year old. it has been a heck of a first year and culminated in my exhibition launch evening last Thursday. Friends, family and art buddies came together to see my artworks including oil paintings, Collograph, Lino prints, digital and paper cut pictures.

 

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My exhibition lasts for the month of April at the Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop. I feel blessed to be holding this exhibition and accomplishing this big step with my art.‪

For me it’s about reaching out to inspire people, to add a splash colour and energy to counter some of the darkness of the news media and world events, to brighten and hopefully uplift someone’s day. To raise a smile, to evoke a positive feeling. To spark a memory, spread a little nostalgia which could become seeds of hope. To reach hearts and minds with possibility of a better world, one artwork, one day at a time.

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Not everyone will like what I do, but if it makes someone feel a little brighter then who knows where a small ripple could lead. This is why I create and share.

Here are some images from the Exhibition launch evening.

Prior to the exhibition the highlights of the past 12 months were:

Art Challenge 33 – My First Art Commission!

Art Challenge 34 – Football Fan Artwork

Self Portrait – Number 52 – the FINAL art challenge

The Hardest Year, 2015, Ends – Art Reflection 

I wonder what the next 12 months will bring, exciting times.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you would like to see more you can see my creations during my 52 art challenges, watch art movies or find some inspiration for a creative project.

Enjoy. Kim 😊

 

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