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Bali Parasol – Instructional Illustration Work

Bali Parasol contacted me having seen my work on Instagram. They required clear instructional illustrations for how to put up their beautiful parasols, when new.

I accepted the work as I’m enjoying building the visual part of my business and am increasingly aligning this with my existing public relations, promotion and business strategy work.

The Brief

New instructional illustrations and care advice would replace the existing instruction sheet. This would assist the customers enjoy their Bali parasol immediately, and secondly would free up resource by reducing after delivery queries.

The company provided a brief and suggested the illustrations for the stages of the process, along with outline wording.

It was important to brand the drawings to protect the sheet from being copied, so I was asked to work the Bali Parasol into the illustrations.

The sooner the work was completed the sooner the new instructions would be on their way to customers.

The Process

I created thumbnails of the different steps, planning out whether they would be wide action drawings or close ups. I added a couple of extra stages to those briefed to make the instructions unequivocal.

Here are the drawings for the stages.

This is the final A4 document that I created, it will be received along with the parasol.

It’s exciting to think of my drawings being sent around the world with a beautiful parasol as their travel companion, a little bit like the magic carpet ride in Disney’s Aladdin movie. This thought inspired the lead image for this post.

I’m delighted with the work, really enjoyed the brief as the product is so beautiful and intricately detailed and crafted. It was a pleasure to create and Ilse at Bali Parasol was delightful to work with.

The recommendation from Bali Parasol was great to receive…

I love the detail and craftspersonship, and how it is accentuated with the metallics.

I’m always keen to create solutions and illustrate concepts so if your business or project needs explaining in a way that words or images cannot then contact me at inspirebykim@outlook.com

There is no shade provider more beautiful than Bali Parasol. See the stunning Bali Parasol range at www.baliparasol.com

Posts which relate to this work are:

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

Brand Art for Steel Company

Tennis Club Promotion Part Two

You can follow my visual work as it is created at my Instagram feed…

https://www.instagram.com/inspirebykim/

Get in touch to discuss your brief for promotional work and creative solutions.

Many thanks

Kim

3 Years and Beyond

Celebrating 3 years: It’s now three years since I began focussing on art and making. After injuring my knee I decided to follow my heart and felt a need to let out the colour and creative potential that I instinctively knew was within me.

Switching to a less commercial line of work has not been easy and has taken courage and conviction, but as I continue to explore and my work evolves I’m keen to see what I’ll be creating next.

The highlights of the past three years have been two Art and Design year long course Distinctions, a solo art exhibition, and being commissioned by customers to create bespoke artworks and gifts.

Collage of my favourite 9 from the past 3 years…

 

Latest work: My latest creation is an embroidered work for a dear friend, inspired by an image. I felt real flow in this work and felt guided in creating it by some artistic wisdom that joined me while I hand and machine appliquéd and stitched.

Image of Pippin and image of the work.

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The picture that the textile portrait is based on. 
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The colourful textile portrait on repurposed cross stitch fabric that I have dyed created using appliqué including felt I have made with iridescent fabric that was formerly a curtain in my Sheffield studio, machine embroidery, free motion embroidery and hand stitching.

This work grew out of the paintings and embroideries of dogs over the past few years.

Workshop Development: Exciting news is that I’m developing a heat press workshop. This will given people the opportunities to develop a design and print it onto fabric in just 2 hours. Watch this space for news and dates. if you’re not signed up to receive Inspire  news then you can do so by typing your email address into the box above.

My favourite pieces created in fabrics dyes using the Heat Press

Work in progress: Miniature plants need a miniature place to grow so I’ve been building a greenhouse in Fab lolly sticks with a Magnum stick for decoration. I’ve also tried a more rustic ones from twigs pruned from my Japanese Acer. Need to eat a fab lolly or two more to be able to complete the roof structure. I’m considering whether to plant miniature climbing plants with the rustic greenhouse to encourage them to grown up and within it.

Greenhouse picture 1 &2 

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Ceramics: I’m exploring ceramics, its not an area I’ve studied before so I’m learning hand building techniques. More on that when the pieces have been fired.

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Sneak peek at two of my biscuit fired pieces

Commission Time: Christmas is coming and its traditionally a time for commissioned artworks for loved ones, providing a bespoke gift made for them. My deadline this year for commission requests, to be ready in time for Christmas is 31st October. Please email me and I’ll help determine all that’s needed to begin the creation of your unique artwork.

Thanks for the support in the past three years and here’s to the future. To creativity, and beyond!

Highlight creations of the past three years.

My Life In Paper

The Inspire Bear

Cheese Plant in Satin

October is #Inktober: I’m taking the #Inktober challenge again this year. My intention is to try to illustrate the prompt words simply and clearly. You can see my ink creations in my Instagram ‘stories’.

Football Themed Gifts

Football themed iPad rest. My latest project completed.

I was asked to make an iPad rest which would be a gift for an avid football fan, to use when watching his favourite game on iPad.

I created a unique design with football players set in a ball pattern on the main panel (above) and handpainted pitch with the lines stictched for the underside (below).

Watch the creative process in just 30 seconds…

As part of the development of this idea I made a drawstring bag for the same customer.

Also made last week was this phone charger bag, featuring the Barnsley FC painting.

Related posts:

Football Fan Commissioned Painting

Football Fan Charger Bag

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UK followers have chance to win this boxed canvas in a competition now on my Facebook Page

Have a great day. 😊👍

Bird and Flowers Cushion Design

I was asked to make a colourful cushion featuring a bird and flowers with this drawing from a lovely customer:

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I thought about whether I might seek such a fabric design, but I didn’t have the desire to go hunting for a fabric, so I designed my own.

Having found painted designs that the dye colours can mush together I decided to try a collage technique, as developed in some of my favourite work, my paper cut pictures.

I firstly prepared papers by  carefully painting them with transfer dyes then cut and assembled pieces to build a design. I liked the composition on a cute practice design (above), but felt that the colours lacked texture and depth. So I tried wax relief frottage techniques learned at UAL Chelsea and also hand-painted my favourite flowers inspired by our own garden and a visit to the wonderful tulip gardens of Keukenhof and the Botanical Garden in Leiden earlier this year. I challenged myself to limit colours to the wine red, golden yellow and turquoise Colourcraft Transfer Dyes.

I cut shapes and enjoyed assembling these to form the design for the main panel of the cushion.

See the design process in this one minute video…

Earlier posts that relate to this:

Paper-cut Pictures

Inspired Bags

Blackpool Icons Cushion

Life in Paper

I’m creating new things all the time, which I post on my Facebook Page and Instagram. Hope to see you there.

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Football Fan Bag

My football fan painting owner asked if I would make a zip bag using the artwork. The artwork is a scene from Barnsley FC, with Barnsley’s skyline and a coal mining seam, which has been fundamental to the city.

Here’s a picture story of the bag’s making, in reverse. I printed the fabric with an image of the artwork and added shoe lace piping, hand painted fabric design and embroidered key details with single and twin needles on my lovely Bernina machine.

I create bags and useful products as bespoke gifts – message me at inspirebykim@outlook.com to order a unique item of your choice.

Barnsley Boy – Acrylic Painting – copyright Kim

Barnsley FC painting and bag The completed bag with lifesize print of the commission painting – Copyright Kim
Bag and my Beautiful Bernina machina
Adding the lining – no pattern for this job – it’s a 3D construction challenge
Taking shape – with lace piping and my hand painted side wall fabric.
The bag is padded to protect the contents
The machine embroidered main panels created using sublimation printing on shiny satin fabric – with fleecy fabric fused to give structure, and felty layer to pad the bag.
Accentuating design details and adding a personal monogram for the owner. So much easier with my new transparent machine foot
Assembled ingredients for this soccer crazy design. Ready, set, sew.

Enjoy these related posts and get in touch if you’d like to order a unique, never to be repeated product – Inspirebykim@outlook.com

You might like to see the bags at my new Folksy store…

Related posts…

Football Fan Commissioned Artwork

Beautiful Inspired Bags

Exhibition Time – Product Range

Bright Bear

Thanks for being here.

Have a great day!

My Art Studio – The First Year

I was excited and delighted to move into my art studio a year ago.   It was a blank canvas, just a white walled room in Victorian building with a desk (later replaced with a table) a white board and a chair. The southerly orientation of the window was ideal for me as I like sunlight.


I enjoyed planning and making the space how I wanted, it didn’t have to appeal to anyone else.


I added my comfy chair for reading, pondering and sometimes snoozing. A storage unit which I added lights to, in amongst my paints and brushes. I took my many artworks, drawings, paintings that had never been displayed and put them where I could see them. By airing and showing them I started to believe, a little more, that I was right to explore the artist within me and let art become a focus and indulgence of my life.


I was busy preparing for my first ice show and so was often between my studio and the rink for the first two months, my skate boots would be drying out on the floor. On fine days I would take a walk in the adjoining country park, exploring a little further each time.

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The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014

Then on January 4th 2015 I blew my knee, an acute injury that six weeks later required acute surgery. 3 months on crutches, 4 months unable to drive and a resolve testing repetitive programme of rehabilitation exercises leads me to today.
This was not the year I expected and has seen my studio visits few and far between. But as I start to feel I am making the first steps into the light at the end of the tunnel, I have walked subconsciously for the first time, able to look around at the sky and trees. IMG_2288 The injury has not been all bad, it meant that I had the space to practice art. I had to resign from the marketing work I had just been contracted to. Other than my exercises I didn’t have time or energy for anything else, but art I could create sat on the floor, bed or with my leg elevated on the settee.
So I hope that as I go into the second year of my studio that I can now enjoy the space as I intended, to explore, learn, try privately and on the good days create beautiful original art. Hey I might even do Open Studios events sometimes.

My injury made me fearful of pain, death and further injury. The good thing is that it makes fear of making a mark, making a wrong line on a paper, laughable. This puts me in an ideal mindset to freely, open heartedly explore art, practice, learn and create works I would never have thought possible for me. So I boldly go forwards knowing it won’t all be good but that there is a solace for me in my studio space, in the colours and invention of making new art.

Here are the highlights from the past year. I’m excited for the next.
Twins Pic on Easel

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Rainbow Dancer by Kim
Copyright Inspire by Kim

Thanks for visiting my blog, maybe get a cup of tea and stay a while in this colourful space. Hoping you;re inspired in some way and maybe that it brightens your day. Enjoy!

Places to go next:

Animated Paper Pictures

Visual Life Purpose

Creative Studio Setting Up

Knee Art For Healing

Knee Injury Drawings

Rainbow Dancer Commission

Art Challenge 34 – Football Fan Artwork

Ta Da! My second commission completed.
Delighted to have completed my second commission. After the first one I didn’t know whether I could create something so specific and personal to an individual again. The second commission was very different from the first as it is for a football fan to display in a technology company office. As I love colour I was concerned that I might make the artwork too girly, or be unable to have enough colour to like the piece myself. I started working up from the bottom of the canvas board. I chose the same size as the previous commission.

Canvas board ready to receive what was to emerge Canvas board ready to receive what was to emerge

The picture is for a keen fan of Barnsley Football Club in South Yorkshire. The commissioner has a strong sense of local identity and is proud of where he hails from. I started with the team’s main colour,  red, and created a near side stadium crowd which I later added kit detail from recent seasons and the energy of celebrating goals.
Barnsley was a city built on coal mining and coal runs at the core of the society and community so I ran a coal seam through the picture with miners’ lights to add a respectful acknowledgment to those people who worked hard in challenging conditions. The commissioner’s ancestors mined so this was also to be poignant in that way. The coal seam is surrounded with turf and accented with a strip of fluorescent for the match marshalled and in recognition of the hi-vis, health and safety keen time that we live in.

Starting to get a feel for thr oiece and loving the colours as the miners hammer away at the coal face Starting to get a feel for thr oiece and loving the colours as the miners hammer away at the coal face

I added the further stand using the past and present kit designs to add colour and give texture.
To celebrate the city I added the skyline including the iconic and impressive town hall building and also the hospital where the commissioner worked for some years.
As the piece is for a work environment the ‘Goal’ element of the picture has two meanings, both to evoke memories of great match moments and to signify achievement/ objectives taken to fruition. I painted two footballs, a little idealistic element to emphasise the energy and jubilation of the moment.
I painted the goal posts and then wrote key words and sentiments as the goal netting, alternating between words in English and in Latin. The logo for the club was the inspiration for the net and I have been wanting to learn Latin and now I know some. Some of the words are Family (Familia), Breathe (Spirant) and Achieve (Consequi).

The words in English and Latin supportive sentiments to help motivate. What would you want your commission to be? The words in English and Latin supportive sentiments to help motivate. What would you want your commission to be?

It was important to me that the piece was positively motivating so where the advertising hoardings would be at a football ground I created a collaged words to help inspire.

I added some personal elements that others would not understand and have now called it finished. I can’t wait to see his reaction and see it in position in his office.

Second commission on target!. if you would like a commisdioned artwork you can email me at inspirebykim@outlook.com
Delighted with how my second commission emerged
My first two commissions and my bespoke cushion in my studio.

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Art Challenge 33 – My First Art Commission

Art Challenge 17 – The Art of Skating

Art Challenge 33 – My First Art Commission!

My first art commission!

My good friend commissioned me to create a painting for her for real money! She explained what she wanted the fundamental message of the artwork to be and it started to form in my mind over a few days. I asked some questions about the brief and when she told me how she envisaged it lots of different coloured bubbles rising from left low to high high with lots of vibrancy and energy, her view was very much what I had seen in my mind’s eye.

I considered whether to take an academic approach to the artwork, studying bubbles (the key element) their structure and working on sketches and preliminary drawings and practising, or taking a new canvas board and diving in to build the artwork and making it develop on the board, seeking information and researching as I went. This approach is partly thanks to the influence of the Mixed Media Art learning from Kelly-Rae Roberts. The techniques I have used in my Mantra Artworks came into use.

My friend mentioned a dancer in the brief, I drew figures in movement in my Art of Skating and Knee Injury Drawing Art Challenges. I wanted the figure to demonstrate joy in her pose, and having studied danced the pose also had to be technically correct.

Art Challenge 17 - The Art of Skating
The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014

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Here are some images made into a movie to show how the artwork took shape and developed.

I really enjoyed working to the brief and creating for a good friend, I worked her energy, essence and my knowledge of her into the piece and found that I also had to add my joy, in terms of the colours, energy and some glitter, for the piece to be truly joyful. It was tricky to know when to stop, I worked on the piece over a two week period, sometimes for 4 hours, some times two minutes. I liked being able to go to the piece as ideas came to mind, whenever that was.

In my studio enjoying the buzz of my first commissioned artwork.
In my studio enjoying the buzz of my first commissioned artwork.

My friend entitled the piece Rainbow Dancer. The painting is in transit to her at present in the Middle East and she’s also ordered a number of day to day items featuring my artwork so she can have it with her wherever she goes. I have put artworks on useful items on Zazzle, I like the idea of art brightening up everyday items and activities. Here’s a link to my Zazzle shop.

A scan of the final piece, it doesn’t do it true justice but gives an impression of the piece.

P.S. I scanned the sections of the picture in the hope of stitching it together, something I hadn’t done before and wasn’t sure how I would. It came to me that I could place the four scans at the extremities of a layer and then overlap and smooth the joins. That feels like a breakthrough skill for my armoury, I can create larger artworks now, knowing I can digitise and reproduce them.

Hopefully this commission will be the first of a number. I’m open to discussing briefs, if you would like a bespoke artwork please contact me.

Related posts to enjoy next:

Art Challenge 17 – The Art of Skating

Art Challenge 20 – Knee Injury Drawings.