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Fabric Design Steps

This image shows the three key stages of fabric design that I’ll be demonstrating and sharing at my workshop on Sunday 2nd June in Sheffield.

Step One is a design worked out on paper.

Step Two is to create the design in heat sensitive dyes on paper.

You can apply the dyes to paper using paint brushes, or you can collage painted papers or you can stamp the dyes onto paper. No drawing skills are required but some thoughts on composition are worthwhile.

The colours in this stage of the process are very different from the final outcome, as demonstrated in this short colour sample video.

 

Like any art work you can spend as much or as little time on your design as you wish. You can print your design and then move the design and over print if you like.

You can print a number of times from the dyes, although each later print will be slightly unique from the previous one, but we experiment with time and colour during the workshop.

Step Three is to press the paper with the heat sensitive dyes together with your desired fabric at high heat for a few seconds. This will activate the dyes and make them turn into gas, to wrap around the fabrics fibres and thus transferring them.

In seconds you’ve got your designed fabric and it can become whatever your imagination will allow.

If you’d rather watch than read – See this process in less than 40 seconds in this video. https://youtu.be/xnt9NKFmhKo

A second example

As a recap on the process here’s an alternative design, a small coastal landscape design made by collaging torn papers which had been painted with transfers dyes.

Step One: I had a seaside composition in mind to fit into a greeting card window.

Step Two: I collaged torn paper to compose the picture. Note I have not drawn anything in this piece. For many people drawing skills, of their perception of their skills can be a barrier to them enjoying art. That’s a shame as there are many other ways to make marks and create. This is just one suggestion.

Step Three – I heat pressed the design onto one, then another piece of fabric.

I’ll be sewing into the design next before mounting it in into the greeting card for a unique, handmade, frameable gift.

If you’d like to try these techniques for yourself you can book at the Stitched Up and Fleeced website. Stitched Up and Fleeced is a lovely studio with great facilities which are ideal for our workshop.

The workshop will be from 10am to 4pm giving chance to learn techniques and enjoy exploring them and developing your ideas using these new possibilities.

Whether your a textile artist, crafter, designer, or just fancy trying something new you’ll be creating in no time and will have a number of fabric designs by the end of the day. Your fabric designs could be framed, appliqued, made into accessories such as zip bags, glasses cases, cushions, home decor, gifts and so on.

You can see more details of the workshop day at this post. When you’re ready to book you can do that here.

See more fabric design ideas to spark ideas of what you might like to create:

Fabric Design Highlights

Heat Press Inspiration

Don’t just take my word for it, want to hear how other people found my live workshop:

Workshop – Testimonials

And something cute to complete this post:

Fabric Design Doll

Hope to see you on 2nd June.

Bye for now x

#fabricdesign #sheffieldartist #surfacepatterndesign #textileart

Passion for Textile Flowers

Everlasting passionflower lovingly crafted from textiles.
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The satin cheese plant I made led to my decision to make a textile passion flower….
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I studied the beautiful flowers that I have been growing in garden for 15 years.
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Some all-white varieties surprised me in the garden this year.
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Passionflower study in coloured pencils
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Monochrome study aiming to simplify the forms.
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Watercolour study of passiflora.
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I then took the designs into stitch. This was the first iteration of the passion flower with a little fused Angelina fibre panel for the centre.
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Free motion embroidery and ribbon couching to create the second flower design.
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After considering different fabrics I decided to use satin with scrim behind for the third flower experiment.
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It was important that I create depth for the flower’s corona filaments, anthers and stigmas. I used felt, a bead and embroidery silks.
My intention whilst working at Chelsea College of Arts at the start of the month was to create screen printed designs that I could later add 3D passionflowers to. 
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A passionflower couldn’t exist without its leaves. I created this one using satin that I have designed and printed using Colourcraft products, with felt behind/underside made at Stitched Up and Fleeced in Sheffield.

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The final addition was the tendrils shaped with a little love as inspiration. Photographed in the sun, which is what prompts the passionflowers to reveal their striking beauty.

Thanks so much for reading to the end. I’m delighted with this work and will be looking at the display of it. So watch this space by popping your email address in the box at the top of the page to follow my blog. Normally a maximum of one post per week, a little bright creativity into your inbox

Here is the work that led to the passion flower creation.

Bird and Flowers Design

Satin Cheese Plant

Textile Print Design at Chelsea

And finally here are flowers I painted in pomegranate juice (and a little green watercolour). The juice was a stunning pink so I could resist making art with it. The work is inspired by a great book I’m reading The Joy of Watercolour by Emma Block.

Additional inspiration from the Botanica book by Uppercase magazine. A delightful treat of a book.

#Inktober Week 4 – The Finale

What an experience Inktober has been. An ink drawing a day for 31 days. This was my first #Inktober.

Week One, Week Two, and my favourite week Week Three, drawings are at these clicks. Interesting to feel the progression and development of daily practice has had on my drawing skills, I feel that I use and hold the pen differently and can mark the paper more accurately. My typography and lettering is much more how I’d like it to look as I try to convey different energy in the words. 

It’s been great to part of something global and see what different responses have been created to the prompt words (pictured). The challenge was to draw and instagram a drawing each day for 31 days.

‘Juice’ was Day 23’s prompt word. As I’m working on ‘series’ of illustrations I created series of fruity characters. #inktober2017 #inktober #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldartist #fruit #juice #lemon #orange #lime #grapefruit #pendrawings #strawberry #sun #eshortcourses #characters
#inktober ‘Juice’ character drawing developed further. They’re a cheery, happy, ‘look on the bright side’ kind of bunch. #inktober2017 #sheffieldartist #illustrator #illustration #juice #fruit #characterart #citrusfruit #lemon #orange #strawberry #lime #happy #uplift #motivation #positivity #eshortcourses
Day 24’s prompt word is ‘Blind’. Rightly or wrongly this is what came to mind.
After a muddy walk it was wash and hairdryer time. #inktober2017 #illustration #dog #ink #illustrator #dogsofinstagram #lhasaapsosofinstagram #inktober #poochpal
‘Ship’ - Day 25 of #Inktober was an enjoyable half hour. I always enjoy drawing sea creatures, waves and weather.  #inktober2017 #sheffieldartist #illustrator #illustration #ink #biro #bic #pendrawing #kim #ship #sea #mermaid #fish #dolphin #turtles #waves #ocean #sun #clouds #hope #inspiration #inspirebykim #positivity #filligree #rococo
‘Ship’ – Day 25 of #Inktober was an enjoyable half hour. I always enjoy drawing sea creatures, waves and weather. #inktober2017
Day 26 - ‘Squeak’ made me think of how we try to make our voice heard through such a crowd of communication. I wanted to practice drawing faces.  #inktober2017 #inktober #illustration #illustrator #portraits #sheffieldartist #ink #drawing
Day 26 – ‘Squeak’ made me think of how we try to make our voice heard through such a crowd of communication. I wanted to practice drawing faces. #inktober2017 #inktober #illustration #illustrator #portraits #sheffieldartist #ink #drawing
#inktober motivation
This #inktober motivation for the final days was rousing.
 

‘Today’s #inktober prompt word ‘Climb’ set me thinking about climbing over adversity aiming for a good life, our efforts supported by love, inspiration and experience - weighed down by fear, held back by negativity but helped along by resilience, determination and by those who believe in us.  I’m really pleased with this piece as it’s very aligned with the values that underpin my work. Just 4 more #inktober days left!  #illustration #illustrator #positivity #sheffieldartist #triumphoveradversity #kimk #love #ink #motivationalimages #inspirebykim #eshortcourses #artist #inspiration #pain #tragedy #hurt #keepgoing #selfbelief #hotairballoon #climbing #climber
‘Today’s #inktober prompt word ‘Climb’ set me thinking about climbing over adversity aiming for a good life, our efforts supported by love, inspiration and experience – weighed down by fear, held back by negativity but helped along by resilience, determination and by those who believe in us. I’m really pleased with this piece as it’s very aligned with the values that underpin my work.
Clocks ‘fall’ back tonight - #inktober day 28.  #inktober2017 #clocksfallback #leaves #fall #clocks #illustration #illustrator #seasons #autumn #ink #pendrawing #inspirebykim #clockschange
Clocks ‘fall’ back tonight – #inktober day 28.
United by Inktober - Pens for Peace. Day 29 of #Inktober - ‘United’ - it’s been great being part of a unifying global challenge in ink.  #inktober2017 #peace #pensforpeace #inspirebykim #worldpeace #ink #illustrator #illustration #sheffieldartist #typography #globe #world #pen #brush #bicbiro #united #unitedbyinktober #globalchallenge #map
United by Inktober – Pens for Peace. Day 29 of #Inktober – ‘United’ – it’s been great being part of a unifying global challenge in ink.
#Inktober Day 30 - ‘Found’ - Magic to be found within, my penultimate drawing of the 31 day #inktober2017 challenge.  #illustration #motivation #determination #sheffieldartist #artofsheffield #illustrator #resilience #joy #innerstrength #love #faith #woman #magic #ink #pendrawing #bicbiro #hope #selfbelief #peace #inspirebykim
#Inktober Day 30 – ‘Found’ – Magic to be found within, my penultimate drawing of the 31 day #inktober2017 challenge.
#inktober2017 Day 31 - And that’s a wrap.  Don’t ‘mask’ your light.  Relieved and pleased to have completed the challenge of the 31 drawings from the official prompts. 😀👍✅ #inktober #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldartist #authenticity #true #beyou #light #showyourlight #bethelight #original #real #mask #sun
#inktober2017 Day 31 – And that’s a wrap. Don’t ‘mask’ your light. Relieved and pleased to have completed the challenge of the 31 drawings from the official prompts. 😀👍✅
Feels great to see this😀

You can see my #Inktober drawings here:

Week One – My first #Inktober

Week Two – My drawings

Week Three – Past the midpoint

There’s  more from me at my Facebook page and Instagram feed and oodles of art experimentation and art challenges here to explore.

I’m looking for live illustration briefs to get stuck into so if you have one please give me a shout. I’ll be developing these drawings further under the guidance of your illustration tutorworking on sewn art and ski fitness for November too.  

Thanks for popping by😊. Happy November. 

#Inktober Week 2 – My Drawings

I’m enjoying Inktober – it’s challenging and is stretching me. 
Here are the second week drawings for the prompt words.

Crooked – I struggled with this and it prompted lots of though of the representation of women as witches.
‘Screech’ made me think of a car
‘Screech’ Inktober Prompt Word
Gigantic made me think of the huge cumulus clouds as we arrived into the Mexican airspace on the Thomson Boeing Dreamliner
Run made me think of the atmospheric rain at Chichen Itza
‘Shattered’ explored illustrating the ‘glass ceiling’ to reach the boardroom
Day 13 – ‘Teeming’ With Life – my favourite drawing so far. #Inktober Day 13 – Teeming With Life – I wished to have a positive response to today’s prompt word so am representing life – influenced by Egypt, Mexico and a whale from New Zealand. I finished the artwork then an iguana appeared by the path and stayed still, enabling me to study his shape – almost like he wanted me to add him to my drawing… so I did.
Be Fierce To Face Your Fears – #inktober2017 Day 14 – for today’s prompt word ‘Fierce’.
If you missed the first week’s drawings then click here

Thanks to Tutor Bill on the eshortcourses for the drawing advice. And to bic for its fabulous timeless biro pen. 

Pop back in a week for Week 3 round up or follow the challenge on my Facebook or Instagram

Thanks for being here – enjoy something that you love today x

Instagram Round Up

Here’s the latest of my colourful creations from my inspiring Instagram feed. 

Sewing my football fan zipper bag
Assembling the panels of the bag, with shoelace as piping.
Pink Lady – inspired by a sculpture seen on a visit to Durham.
Ibiza Beach Watercolour – One Year Ago
Holiday sunbed painting in the Greek Islands

Beach Watercolour Time-Lapse. I love the colours on the beach, the bright lilos, fun inflatables, pretty patterned swimwear all against the beautiful turquoise of the sea and the colours vibrant sun lit. I captured the action in the scene that played out before me.
Silk Painting – Loving the colours. Copyright Kim
Fabric dyeing fun with my favourite colours.
Remembering one year ago working on my ice-cream themed paper picture whilst watching the Grand Prix.
Shine! – first screen prints, 1 year ago. Have a great day all😊!
Nature inspired felt. Not my normal colours but love the teal hues.
Here are related posts😊

Football Fan Bag

First Time Feltmaking

Ice-Cream Picture 

Exhibition time

Delighted to be able to show my work after so many hours of intricate work and digging deep creatively. 

Proud to be exhibiting in Sheffield City Centre at The Workstation until 8pm tomorrow as part of Sheffield College’s Design and Visual Art’s end of year show. 

My Ice-cream themed products – beauty bag, shower cap, light-catcher, buttons and hairbands
My product’s displayed as they might be in a retailer

My dress and hand painted scarf
My product range catalogue
The Sheffield newspaper photographer
My project has been to design and create a range of products to inspire and uplift people. I’ll then speak to retailers about stocking my products and will offer bespoke items as unique gift ideas. 

My mascot – the Inspire by Kim bear

See the recent blog posts for related stories and my Folksy shop

Thanks for being here. 

I’m in Pieces – Art Jigsaw Arrived! 

I was so proud of my Ice Cream paper-cut picture that I used it for another love of mine, creating a jigsaw with it.

Even before I could talk I loved jigsaws, and in some ways when I’m creating my paper pictures they can feel like a jigsaw that I am creating the pieces of as I go.

The detail, size (A3) and colour palette of Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream felt ideal for a jigsaw so I ordered a master at myphotopuzzle.com. I was so surprised at how quickly the order was created and got more excited with each update email about its progress.

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Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream – Copyright Kim
When the parcel arrived I was delighted to hear and feel the pieces in the box and was so chuffed to see and hold the box of my very own jigsaw.

I can’t wait to spend time savouring the artwork and putting the pieces together in this similar but different way. Maybe it will be almost as much fun as making the picture was. It’s a little bit of my legacy.

To order a limited edition 200 or 500 piece jigsaw email with your preference of 200 piece jigsaw £32, or 500 piece £36 (including postage and packaging to England, Wales and Scotland) and your full name and address, details of the payment process will be sent forthwith.

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Coming soon…

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Posts related to this, which may be of interest next are:

Paper-cut Pictures Art Challenge

Animating Paper Cut Pictures

Products

My Story – Emerging from Injury To Create Art

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Illustrated Children’s Book – The Dog Who Wanted To Fly

I have wanted to create a book since I was 7 years old.

The fluffy white Maltese Terrier Dog Sam has featured in each of my paper cut pictures, so I started to feel a story was emerging.

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Seaside Village. Copyright Kim

 

‘Sam’s Adventures’ came to mind and I decided to sign up for a Writing Children’s Books workshop with London-based publishers Nosy Crow. I ticked the box for the option for a manuscript review, and then was shocked when I received an email asking for the manuscript a good time ahead of the course. I swung into action and started to build a book from the pictures I had created.

I didn’t enjoy the process and the publisher’s MD didn’t like the outcome, as the character wasn’t prominent enough in the illustrations.

In the time between sending the manuscript and the course I had a burst of courage in my painting ability and I decided to paint the character and hoped to capture his spirit.

Here are some of the watercolour and acrylics paintings I created of Sam.

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Meet Sam – Copyright Kim
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Detail from the book – Copyright Kim
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Book design in progress – Copyright Kim

 

Sam was my brother’s dog, we had great adventures in the Alps and Provence together. I loved him very much and although it would be wonderful to have a dog of our own for the time being creating stories for Sam will have to suffice.

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Meet Sam – Copyright Kim

On the theme of Sam the dog wanting to fly I created a range of artworks. I scanned my paintings and created a PDF file which I then uploaded to create an e-book through Kindle Direct Publishing. I’m proud to say that the book is now available online.

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Update April 2018 – A hard copy of the book is available at my Folksy Shop

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My conclusion:

The first book was about the scenes, the second book/ iteration was about the character. My challenge now is to find ways of putting the more developed character into unique environments and settings. When I achieve that I will share the outcome. Watch this space. You can do that by following the blog, just add your preferred email address in the box at the top sides of the page. I love welcoming new followers to the fold and won’t clog your inbox.

The Dog That Wanted To Fly – Sam’s Adventures on Amazon Kindle

Earlier blog posts that are related to this one are…

Paper-cut Pictures – Art Challenge

Dog Portraits – Maltese – Art Challenge

Animating Paper Pictures – Art Challenge

My Story – Art That Has Come Out Of Injury

Pop along to my Facebook Page to see more or feel free to take a look around, maybe enjoy viewing my portfolio.

In loving memory of Sam Kay

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My Life In Paper

“My latest paper masterpiece, “Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream”. It is pretty with details and interest, always something more to see and packed with pictorial love from corner to corner.” 

Read the full story: 

I often have an idealistic view of what an event will be like. For instance say to me garden party and instantly an image conjures of pretty bunting flapping in the wind, smiling faces, beautiful colourful tablecloths, bright blooms, pink lemonade with ice glinting in the sun, gorgeous dresses and a cloud leisurely tracking across a vivid blue sky. My idealism can often lead to the reality being a little disappointing. I had seen this  as a trait that was negative, that I was being naive and childishly silly.

But I have realised that it is this ideal world imagination that is the magic that can make my special kind of art.

My growing number of paper cut creations, finely crafted like a self-made jigsaw, come from this visual idealism.


Best seen in their original form the pictures are intricate and unique. In their creation is a calm happy place for me, one where I am in that sweet spot between consciousness and subconscious. Piece by piece, thought by thought I cut and stick to form a whole that when I step back I wonder how that came about.

When I was a youngster I would get frustrated that my art did not look like I had envisioned. That I could not recreate on paper the picture that I had in my head. But my paper artworks never start from a whole vision, it begins like a building, first the walls go in place, then I furnish the building with pretty furniture from my imagination and add personal items that belong to the imaginary owners, curated over their lives.

Ta-Da… My Latest Picture Revealed

I very recently completed what I feel is my latest masterpiece, “Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream”. Like the earlier smaller (A4) Beach Huts, Allotments and Ski Chalet (all in the strip above), it is pretty with details and interest, always something more to see, but this new piece is A3 and packed with pictorial love from corner to corner.

I created the Ice Cream artwork with new colour understanding after studying the relationships between colours. As a result it really pops off the page.

So here it is for your visual consumption. Have a Flake with that.

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Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream – Copyright Kim

Hot Days Eating Cool ice Cream is a design made entirely from pieces of paper cut into shapes to make a bright, colourful work of art. The design feature an ice cream cafe on a sunny day. The ice-cream maker also sells the delicious ice creams out and about in the sparkly ice-cream van.

Two girls are at the cafe to enjoy ice-cream and a small white dog trots by to in the hope of a little chocolate or sweet treat.

In the distance people enjoy the fun and thrill of a rollercoaster ride and a plane flies overhead to spread the work about the wonderful ice-creams.

This is my first paper cut work that prominently features people. This was a challenge, at first I painted people and cut and added those, but later recreated them in paper and am happier with the paper characters.

Here are some details from the picture… (watermarked).

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Of course Maltese Terrier Sam, as in each of the paper-cut pictures, is there – Copyright Kim

And now the fun starts on creating canvases, fabric and products which will take the picture out and about and on the move in the world.

Ice Cream Jigsaw
Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream – Copyright Kim

I am seeking an art agent or art business mentor/manager to assist my art out into the world. Please share my post so that it can find its way to the ideal person to help.

If you’ve enjoyed this post here are related posts to feast your eyes and imagination on. Enjoy!

Paper-Cut Pictures

Animating Paper Pictures

Paper-Cut Portrait

Paper-Cut Pictures Part Two

My Story

My YouTube Channel

My Facebook Page

All that Ice-Cream makes you feel hungry then have a few scoops and a Flake.

 

Art Course in London – University of the Arts, London

I had a wonderful week in London at the University of the Arts in Chelsea on a Summer Short Course. 
Tutor Harriet Hedden led a wonderful course from preparing backgrounds, to self portrait, life drawing, colour work and sketching in busy public places.

Chelsea College of the Arts is an amazing setting, and the location next door to Tate Britain is inspiring.

Here are the key artworks I created. see more at my Facebook page.

A Self Portrait Copyright Kim
Life Drawing, Inspire by Kim
Lunch at St. Christopher’s Place
St Christopher’s Place – Copyright Kim
Dive In – Copyright Kim
Longing for Love, Copyright Kim

 

Regaining Strength To Go On – Acrylic A1. Man emerging from the canvas. Copyright Kim.

Posts which are related are:

Life Drawing

Figurative Drawing

Self Portrait