Have a n-ice day! Sewing challenge

This was my written intention at the outset of my latest make inspired by ice cream.

Ice Cream beauty/ tech tablet/ make up bag.

Ice Cream van made using appliqué in key colours of fabrics, including my silk painted fabrics, as the front panel design for bag. Two lollies and an ice cream made in appliqué. All arranged on indigo dyed fabric using shibori technique. Heatpress printee onto silk, padded and machine embroidered to accentuate the ice cream van and ices.

Reverse side of the bag  is an ice cream, lollies and the scanned appliqué van on an indigo shibori ground as a repeat pattern. Which will be printed on satin, sort padded and then quirky quilting.

The ice cream texture is akin to a cloud and some could be pink. Zip pull of an ice- cream in shrink plastic.

The one main side, with repeat pattern on reverse, approach inspired by my cushion from Las Dalias market, Ibiza. 

Complementary coloured bag liner or could heatpress a design onto wipeable lining. That could have a secret message or mantra for the bag owner.

 It must be made with love. Look for the love and stay in love to get the magic. That said it doesn’t need to be perfect, that should not delay its creation.

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And here it is… completed.

Here are the creation stages, I’m pleased with this bag.

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Exhibition Presence – June 2017

My latest work will be displayed at Sheffield College‘s Design & Visual Arts Exhibition at The Workstation.

All the work is from fine art to 3D and has not been exhibited previously.

I’m busy putting the final touches to my work as my Art Foundation Course reaches its deadline.


Here are links to my previous exhibitions.

First Solo Exhibition – April 2016

Group Exhibition – June 2016

If you’re local I highly recommend the exhibition. Best regards, Kim.

Instagram Highlights 

It’s a busy time as I’m working up to the final deadline for my Art Foundation course. Here are my latest Instagram highlights.

My completed batik panel. The sun rises on a beautiful day lighting the blossom and retiring the moon and stars from their magical night watch. A bright future is ahead. Batik wax and dyes on chiffon. Copyright Inspire by Kim. 

Dress Design concept from my batik panel. 


Reminiscing: The Light and Colour of Inspiration completed one year ago. Acrylics and inks on canvas. 


I wrote this as a reply to a comment and thought to share it. Enjoy today! 


Colourful screen printing session. Happy day seeing the colours play together on the fabric for this new garment. Copyright Inspire by Kim. 


Loving the colours for this new garment. Copyright Inspire by Kim. 

Exploring ways to make ice cream themed lace. 

If you’d like to see my colourful Instagram feed see it here

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My Instagram Brights

This is a busy creative time for me as I work on the Final Major Project of my Art Foundation Course. Instagram is a great log of all I’m making and it’s wonderful to share what I enjoy so that others might enjoy it too. 

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Enjoy these latest selected posts…

Fashion Design Fun – Tulle and Crystal Organza – Mannequin Moulage work. Great fun to feed my soul..The future’s bright! Enjoying twin needling my next creation. Fabric design created in Pixelmator and Phonto using learnings from Pattern Camp sewn on my Bernina – thanks to the creators of each of those 😊


It’s a year since I completed my ‘Light and Colour of Inspiration’ oil painting. I do still like her expression.

Bright Bobbins – Like a paint palette for fabrics. One of the lovely things about studying at Sheffield College is the range of resources to be inspired by.

Today’s Make – Beautiful Buttons – Fabric Design by Inspire by Kim. 


#buttons #inspirebykim #inspire #haberdashery #textiles #fabricdesign #colourful #pink #turquoise #yellow #directknitandsew #coveredbuttons #sewfun 

Batik – Yesterday I was working on a different scale. I love the fluidity of the tjanting line. The hot wax smell reminds of waxing our skis for racing. This is half of the fabric – watch this space to see the full finished article.


I trialled printing hair/wristbands with the repeat pattern designs I created. I made the pattern of Kenneth’s, created the patterns, printed them onto fabric. I’m excited to refine and develop the concept. Watch this space. 

Inspire by Kim – My product range is taking shape. I’ve developed beauty/ device bags, a teddy bear, buttons and hairbands. All completed in just 8 weeks.


My processes mean I can creating beautifully designed and made bespoke commissioned products for customers. They could choose the theme of the design, the size of bag, whether it’s a lining for a device or products and their bag would be created just for them with the design completely unique. A commissioned artwork that can used on a daily basis, and even carried with you. If you’d like to be the first for this service then email me inspirebykim@outlook.com

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Ice-Cream Light Catcher

Continuing the theme of ice cream I developed a light catcher to hang in the window. Using Sharpies on shrink plastic I crafted the design based on theaookique ice-cream van that I made in fabric. Here are the stages in pictures. 

Artworks ready to roast
Turning up the heat on the ice cream van
Assembling the icons with thread
The beauty/iPad bag from the same collection

The completed light catcher hanging in the window.

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