Autumn Colours Love

Fabulous time up high in the mountains of the French Alps yesterday. 

Leaf Trail – Copyright Kim
Le Grand Bec in Autumn – Copyright Kim
Riding above the cloud – Copyright Kim

The stunning autumn colours and the beautiful blue skies made me feel like my character in my Leaves Lady artwork and video created one year ago this week. 

Leaves Lady – Copyright Kim – Available on canvas


Leaves Lady 22 second movie. 

Enjoy this wonderful time of year when nature changes its colour palette in such a dramatic way.

Here are some related posts to enjoy 😊

Underwater Calm Lady – Oil Painting

Under the Sea

Getting to know my style – Life Drawing

The Hardest Year Ends – Injury to Art  

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Sheffield Souvenir & Flag

Here’s my latest undertaking, this is the write up from the design sheet…my first Inspire by Kim clothing items. 

My ‘Forged in Sheffield’ flag design features a repeat pattern created in textured paper representing key Sheffield landmarks and it’s steel and cutlery heritage.

The design is in response to a call out for designs from Made North for Sheffield Design Week. 

Digital or screen printing would be used to create the flags. The flag graphic could be created in a range of colours to represent the vibrancy of the city and its people.

The pattern design can be used in a portrait or landscape format and the strap line can be displayed vertically or horizontally. The pattern emerged whilst I was working under the guidance from Jessica Swifts’s Pattern Camp

There is the potential to use flag graphic as a brand identity for the city and to be used on a range of clothing and souvenir gift items. I mocked up some items with the design to demonstrate how it could be used. 

Here are the pictures. 

Forged In Sheffield Tote Bag – Copyright Kim
My paper cut skyline design – Copyright Kim
Mock up of how the flags could fly by the Winter Gardens
My sample t-shirt on a black ground in a range of colours.
My Design Board – Copyright Kim
T-shirt and tote bag featuring the graphic
T-shirt mocked up with design on the sleeve

Based on feedback I plan to create a run of t-shirts and bags. Watch this space. 

Related posts: 

Sheffield Cheese Grater – Winning Souvenir Idea

Paper Cut Pictures

Dementia Competition

My Life In Paper 

My Story – From Art To Injury

Winning Idea – Sheffield Cheese Grater Souvenir

There was a call out for a Sheffield souvenir as part of the  Sheffield Design Week organised by Made North. Inspired by the iconic building in Sheffield dubbed the ‘Cheese Grater’ I developed the winning entry – a box grater featuring key landmarks and aspects of the city.

I’m delighted with the outcome of the competition. At first when I had the Cheese Grater inspired Cheese Grater souvenir idea I thought it too obvious. But Sheffield is a city built on steel and so it had to be a steel souvenir. Sheffield cutlery was used the world over, I’m hoping we can get the design into production and have this handy Sheffield souvenir in kitchens across the globe.

Patrick Murphy of Made North was the judge for the competition. Here’s the story on the Sheffield Design Week website.

This was how the design developed from drawings to the Design Board…

Steel Panel.jpg
My acid etched steel panel featuring key landmarks, cutlery and Sheffield sportspeople Jess Ennis-Hill, Sebastian Coe and James ‘Woodsy’ Woods.
cheese-grater-mock-up
My winning idea…and now to get it into production.
 

Here are some related posts that you may like to see, if you’d like to see my new creations then you can follow the blog and have inspiration to your inbox.

Drawing in Metal

Art Challenge 13 – Paper Cut Pictures

My Life In Paper

Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

 

Getting To Know My Style – Life Drawing

A big part of life drawing is recognising one’s style and letting it emerge.

Life drawing is a valuable exercise as it is very difficult so it’s great practice for all drawing, which enables my art to be able to develop and allows me to constantly evolve how I can represent my ideas and communicate positive energy.

Here are the pieces from the latest session, I felt challenged by a busy mind, distraction from background noise and the small paper size, but pushed on and when it then came to he final piece which was A2 I am happy with the result. The final pose appeals to me as it’s a pensive, contemplative pose which captures my imagination of what the woman in my ink painting could be thinking or, better still, day dreaming about. Thinking idealistically about this is much more hope encouraging for me. 

Trying to work with flow – Copyright Kim
life drawing
Zooming in using watercolour – Copyright Kim
Zooming in – Charcoal – Copyright Kim
I Wonder – I love this pose, it’s very Inspire by Kim as it raises the question of what to woman is thinking. Hopefully they are pleasurable thoughts. Copyright Kim
 

Here’s an interesting article about artist’s sketches.

Posts that relate to this are…

Drawing and Painting at UAL Chelsea

My First Life Drawing experience, less than a year ago. 

Underwater Calm Lady Oil Painting

From injury to Art Exhibition 

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New Life Drawings – September 2016 

Inspire by Kim Art Business Seeks Commercial Assistant/ Executive

The Inspire by Kim Art Business is seeking an enthusiastic, ‘can do’ minded individual to commercialise the business. The role will include setting up an online shop, integrating this into the existing web presence, in time developing a new website and online presence, seeking commercial opportunities to sell, exhibit, licence and network.

Inspire by Kim phone charger/beauty bags
This role will be on a self-employed basis and can be flexible around commitments, with the intention of enabling the artist Kim to be able to focus on the making of art and developing products.

Helpful past experience would be insight into the homewares, giftware product markets, retail, commercial experience and good web development skills, and social media community development, as well as a flair for writing enticing copy and capturing the imagination of Inspire by Kim’s customers.
This is the start of the opportunity, where it goes will depend on the imagination and positivity of the individual. The role will be key to achieving some exciting objectives, and commercial success is the intention.


Kim’s background in marketing and PR will mean that this is also an opportunity to learn with a person passionate about inspiring people to enjoy life, fun is important.

Ideally you’ll be based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire but technology may bridge the miles for the right individual.

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply email inspirebykim@outlook.com For more information Processed with Snapseed.about the art visit www.inspirebykim.com  View the current Portfolio.

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Dementia Competition – Art Challenge 

South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition 2017 (@SYDCAE) ran a competition as they required a poster image for shows in Sheffield and Detroit. 

I worked in range of media with metaphors for lost parts of self including feathers, jigsaw pieces, petals, coils, threads. 

Here are my favourite pieces from this explorative work. All images are subject to Copyright. 

Iron Wire Feather
Iron Wire Feather
Saw this little fish in one of the feather images. Copyright Kim
Saw this little fish in one of the feather images. Copyright Kim
Dementia Hanging Over - Creeping gently over until it cages the sufferer
Dementia Hanging Over – Creeping gently over until it cages the sufferer
Heat pressed feather design. Feathers are lost parts of the self which may drift away unnoticed.
Heat pressed feather design. Feathers are lost parts of the self which may drift away unnoticed.
Where the fish was waiting to be found
Where the fish was waiting to be found
Fenced in by dementia
Fenced in by dementia
A tight coil unravelling
A tight coil unravelling – Rollered copper
My favourite copper feather
My favourite copper feather
In the grip of Dementia - Copyright  Kim
In the grip of Dementia – Copyright Kim
The rolling wave of Dementia - my first laser cuts
The rolling wave of Dementia – my first laser cuts

Dementia Daisy - Loss Over Time. Competition entry. Copyright Kim
Dementia Daisy – Loss Over Time. Competition entry. Copyright Kim
Dementia pressing in  - Competition Entry - Copyright Kim
Dementia pressing in – Competition Entry – Copyright Kim
My favorite outcome , machine embroidered heat pressed feather.  Love it. Copyright Kim
My favorite outcome , machine embroidered heat pressed feather. Love it. Copyright Kim
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Dichronic Glass Workshop

https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/glass-making-workshop/
Drawing with Metal

https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/drawing-in-metal-art-challenge-54/

https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/emerging-from-injury-to-produce-art-exhibition/
My Story – From Injury To Art

Life Drawings https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/new-life-drawings/

Glass Making Workshop

I love light in glass, the colours projected by coloured glass and was keen to know more. 

After the Dichronic Glass workshop with Alison of Handmade in Netheredge, at The Art House in Sheffield in May, I booked the full day workshop. 

Dichronic glass jewellery made at the workshop in May
 We used a range of glass products to design and decorate including. 

 So here are my pieces pre-firing. Fingers crossed they survive the 1800 degrees in the kiln! 

Careful selected Dichronic glass pieces
Dichronic Glass Brooch – before firing
Star light catcher, hopefully, decorated with frit, stones and of course sparkle
Colour burst light catcher or coaster
Playing with strings, copper and eggshell glass to create a scene
Fruit plate with bubble powder and sparkle
 

Ta Da, here’s what they are like after firing. I’m so relieved they survived the kiln and live how it evolved them. I love the light and colours in the glass. 

My Colour Wheel Inspired Light Catcher/ Coaster
My sunny scene fruit platter
Stunning blue Star of David
My beautiful fired brooch.

I’m delighted with the outcomes. Thanks to Alison at Handmade in Netheredge for a lovely day workshop. 

Thank you so much for being here. These are other posts you might like to enjoy next…

Dichronic Glass Jewellery

Ceramics Art Challenge

Paper Cut Pictures

My Life in Paper

My Story – Art That Came Out Of Injury 

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Drawing in Metal – Art Challenge 54

The challenge was to draw in metal. So annealing, rollering, hammering, spot welding were all involved. Enjoyed it more than I expected. 

I explored feathers for most of the work – I love their delicacy and fine detail. Beauty that falls from the sky to delight us. 

The outcomes were to be potential entries for South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Art Exhibition 2017 @SYDCAE poster image. 


I created this image using one of my life drawings with a photograph of the feather. 


And found a colourful curious fish wanting to emerge from this image. 😊


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Life Drawings

UAL Chelsea – Art School

Fish – Underwater Calm Lady 

Upcycled Lumiere From World Globe 

My Story – From Injury To Art