Inspire by Kim Dress

My latest project is an A-Line Dress. I’ve been busy printing fabric for the first Inspire by Kim garment.The design elements for a wearable manifesto were created in freehand embroidery, intaglio printmaking and batik. Here is how the project developed in pictures…

And then to print the colourful bias binding…

Once completed it was time for the photo shoot… thanks to the fabulous models who demonstrate the intention of my work to be light against the darker side of life. 

Thanks for visiting my blog. Who knows where this art journey will take me next, you can follow my blog to find out. 😊

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This Week on Instagram

As my work is very visual I like sharing inspiration on Instagram. Here are the latest highlights. Enjoy.

Beach Inspiration

A trip south meant I had the chance to visit the sea at Eastney, Southsea, Portsmouth. The sea foam formed pretty patterns as the sea withdrew.

Pretty Sea Foam – Copyright Kim

Aw, love heart in the beach❤️.

I💗the beach – Copyright Kim

Knitted kaleidoscope pattern. Love this WI Yarn from Hobbycraft using my skills learned with Jessica Swift’s Pattern Camp Copyright Kim.

#knit #kaleidoscope #wi #yarn #hobbycraft #womensinstituteyarn #patterncamp

Knit and Purl Kaleidoscope – Copyright Kim
I love the effect of the wool. Fabulous. Copyright Kim

Who likes their new dress? “Me.. me!” Playing with my latest fabric design for some miniature dress concepts for my mini model. Copyright Kim.

And finally my blue rainbow lillies were delightful.

Copyright Kim

Latest project – A-Line Dress. Busy printing fabric for the first Inspire by Kim garment.

The design elements for a wearable manifesto were created in free machine embroidery, intaglio printmaking and batik. Follow to see how the dress develops.

Making a dress for the first time.

All images are Copyrighted.

Those are the Instagram highlights. Thanks for visiting my blog. Feel free to have a smooz around😊.

This Week’s Instagram Highlights

My world is very visual at present so I love Instagram. Here’s the latest highlights from the Inspire by Kim art  Instagram feed

Petals for Peace: using my old Seven jeans as a backdrop for a little settee sewn mantra. Copyright Kim

#peace #denim #sewing #flowers #sewnflower #textiles #handstitched #pink #sevenjeans

Couldn’t resist this yarn. Knitting for the first time in decades. Copyright Kim

#knitting #art #wool #silk #purl #knit #rainbow #colourful #inspirebykim #yarn 

Thought for the day… Be. 

We often get so swept along doing that it’s good to take a little time to just Be.

 Inked Batik Wax on Satin.

#inspirebykim ##sheffieldart #paintmojo #art #batik #be #motivation 

Dress Design – sky blue and sunset pink clouds layered satin dress. Loving the Colourcraft metallic inks for this fashion illustration. Copyright Kim. 

#inspirebykim #dress #design #bluesky #pinkclouds #fashion #fashionillustration 

Love these blue rainbow lilies, such a striking flower blooming in our kitchen. They feel like a promise of summer to come. 

#inspirebykim #flowers #lillies #blooms 

Believe: A wise person once told me, “Always believe that something good is going to happen.” It’s a phrase that makes me smile and reminds me about the potential of the day. 

#sheffieldartist #findwhatfeelsgood #inspirebykim #kimk #patterncamp #brusho 

Woven Colourhug – Found this lovely colourful yarn and had to use it. Love the effect so tried it on as a design for dress fabric. Copyright Kim.

#weaving #woven #textiles #colour #colourhugs #inspirebykim #kim #kimk 

Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy. 

Colourful Yarn – Dress Designs

Couldn’t resist this colourful silky WI yarn when I saw it in Hobbycraft. as I’m now studying Textiles as part of my Art Foundation course  I’ve been knitting for the first time in decades,  playing with different techniques. 

As the course includes fashion I decided to drop the knitting photo behind a magazine page mask and loved the dress design concept. 

So then I tried it behind my own dress shape and liked the effect. 

So I played with the knitted yarn photo and magazine masks some more. Love the effect and the textures. I could imagine these prints on stretchy, super comfy polyester fabric, like the printed dresses sold by Ted Baker. 

Maybe I’ll try heat pressing the design into fabric. Happy days. 

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#knitting #art #wool #silk #purl #knit #rainbow #colourful #inspirebykim #yarn #craftinspiration #calming #meditation #relaxation #happiness #colourhug #findwhatfeelsgood #hobbycraft #wi #sheffieldcollege  #tedbaker 

This Week On Instagram

Here’s the latest from my Instragram feed, as I don’t post everything on my blog. There’s been a lot of variety and exploration lately. I’m posting this from sunny Lisbon where I’m exploring to inspire my work. 

Enjoy the Light : enjoyed playing with an unthreaded sewing machine and my Lino print. Copyright Kim

Crystal Light. I enjoy exploring how to represent light. Here I used an unthreaded sewing machine and my crystal inspired Lino print, then captured this on my light box. Copyright Kim

Some days you need your wings. BeYoutiful. Inspire by Kim

My friend was having a tough time so I used my painted wings for this piece.   #wearyourwings 

Lovely feedback on my latest commissioned artwork for a dedicated Manchester United fan. 

“Kim’s interpretation of my ideas resulted in a true masterpiece which will be treasured for years to come. Through the process Kim shared the progress and I was completely confident that the end result would the perfect.” MB

“An incredible piece of artwork, all of the meaningful memories are within the picture.” AS

A lovely Arternoon. I often find myself working on a number of pieces simultaneously. #inthemoment Textile heArtworks inspired by the elements.

Crystal Pattern. Exploring repeating patterns using my Lino cut design cut and arranged as crystals #inspirebykim #patterncamp #crystals #turquoise #quartz 

Lovely Lisbon – 15 min sketch. Copyright Kim. The Jeronimos Monastery, such a stunning building. I enjoy drawing as a way of looking more. 

“Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight,” as the saying goes. I embellished these pink clouds using freehand machine embroidery and then added some spectrums from the sky on my flight from Lisbon. I love pink clouds at sunset, such a gift from the Universe and they always seem to come at the end of a lovely day.

Copyright Kim
#inspirebykim #pink #pinkclouds #satin #uplifting #sunset #sky #embroidery #textiles #clouds #sewing #sewingmachine #cloud #weather #spectrum #art #sheffieldartist #kimsheffield #kim #redsky #makeartthatsells #rainbows #lisbon

When I turned and saw the Rua Augusta Arch it made my intake breathe and heard a symphony. I wanted to show both sides of the arch in the same picture, so had a play with my photos. The image really pops in black and white. See how many arches you can count..? Copyright Kim

Added a little watercolour to my biro drawing of Jeronimos monastery showing the different lights I saw it in. Such a beautiful building. I could sit and look at it for hours. 

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