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Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE:

22nd March 2016 – In January 2015 Kim suffered acute knee injury requiring major surgery and thus began two years of rehabilitation. The injury forced Kim to forego sport, and her successful public relations career, and instead she began to explore a passion for art. 13 months on Kim is to hold a month long debut exhibition in Sheffield.

After a literally ‘top flight’ career in travel industry public relations, including running the press office for Thomson Travel Group, Kim swopped words for pictures to become a mixed media artist. Kim’s works of art will be exhibited under the brand of Inspire by Kim from 29th March to 2nd May Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop on London Road, Sheffield.

Kim said, “I am delighted, and still pinching myself, to be holding this exhibition of my art. In the past year art has been my distraction, a pain reliever, one of the few things I could do despite my injury. I’ve found comfort creating bright artworks and although I’ve not been able to go far I’ve loved exploring through art, using traditional media and digital, from 2D through to animation.”

Anwen Fryer-Burrows, of Airy Fairy, commented, “I have seen the development of Kim’s art since we met in December 2014 and have been impressed by the body of work and different styles she has developed. It feels a pleasure to host her first exhibition.”

Kim said, “Art has been the good that came out of the injury and I’m thankful for the inspiration that colours and creating have given me. I hope that my art will now inspire others in whatever is meaningful for them.”

The exhibition runs from 29th March to 2nd May. Visitors can enjoy refreshments or lunch as they browse the exhibition.

Airy Fairy Cafe & Gift Shop produces and sells local arts, crafts and jewellery as well as stocking crystals, magikal supplies, candles, aromatherapy oils, spiritual books as well as fair trade gifts from around the world.

To see more of Kim’s work visit, including 52 Art Challenges completed on the journey to becoming an artist, visit her website at www.inspirebykim.com or Facebook page.

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For further information contact: inspirebykim@outlook.com

 

Art Challenge 24 – Knee Art For Healing

I will let the pictures do the talking on this post. Following my knee injury I got creative to aid visualisation, positively affirm and channel healing energy. IMG_2382

Patriotic pilot knee – I drew a smile on my knee to make it feel happier. I then thought that the brace hinges look like headphones. This then became the first knee art character.
Couture knee – my favourite, inspired by a magazine feature about hats

This couture knee character was warmly received on Facebook so I continued to be creative with my knee however following my Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction surgery I was a little restricted on my knee art, so had to turn to the other knee and non contact art.

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I didn’t want to risk contaminating my wound by doing anything directly on my dressings. So for this final, at this stage, piece of knee art I stuck stickers on acetate and captured on a photograph. The icons represent things which I will be able to do when healed and when I look at my knee I see those as opposed to the dressings. image Where next? If you enjoyed this you might like to see my Knee Injury Drawings – Art Challenge 20 where I sketched my initial injury experiences – click here to view the post.

Part Two – Paper Cut Pictures

Following on from the success of my paper cut pictures I decided to increase the scale of my work and embarked on a picture twice the size this time A3.

To see the original blog post with my paper cut picture of beach huts, a ski chalet and allotments huts click on this image.

Click on the picture to see the Paper Cut Pictures blog post

I love the sun and sea so decided to create a landscape picture featuring huge sun, green hills, a village and put the Maltese Terrier character, Sam, large in the picture as he looks on from an approaching boat.

I built the picture, gradually adding detail. I used some paper and canvas that I had painted for a background for a different picture and used those to build the background,  adding a pearlescent effect and texture as they were painted with pearly acrylic paint.image

Due to my knee injury the picture was completed over a few months. The beauty with the paper is that items can be replaced, moved or removed. I do like the medium for that, so much more flexible that paint. Also its not necessary to wait for something to dry before continuing the picture.

I intend to use the picture, and the previous paper cut pictures for a picture book with a story about the dog Sam, so I added in aspects from the other pictures at the sides of this latest picture.

The picture has aspects inspired by aerobatics flying in New Zealand, the clock tower building inspired by my studio, the sailing boat by sailing in Australia and the flags from the Royal Yacht Britannia, the dolphin by trips to see them swimming in Tenerife and boats by my long standing desire to paint boats in Mexico.

Completed yesterday the picture now looks beautiful framed in a white wooden frame. When I showed my relatives the picture the response was warm, one family member said that it made her feel happy, I was taken aback and if my art can make people feel better then that is wonderful.

Seaside Village .Copyright Kim
Seaside Village .Copyright Kim

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Art Challenge 21 – Custom Charger Bag

I was asked for a small phone charger bag featuring my beach huts paper cut design.

See how the pictures were created at this previous Art Challenge blog post https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/art-challenge-13-paper-cut-pictures/

I looked around to see which companies were offering photo printed soap bags and chose a company that I could see and feel the quality.

I decided to get a number of the bags printed to gift and sell.

I created two different models of bag, both featuring the beach huts picture on one side and then on the other either the allotments sheds picture of the ski chalet. The different bags will appeal to different people.

I was disappointed that there was a delay with the order which took the shine and excitement away. When I collected the bags I felt that they needed a little more detail to finish them off. I decided that adding a zip pull would give the product more finesse and better overall effect.

I tried a few different ways of creating the zip pull and had a bit of a shock that my eyes aren’t as good for sewing as they used to be. Oh those cross stitches I used to create with just my naked eyes. This time, even with glasses on, I was struggling too see clearly enough.

I searched through my sewing box and found some ribbon I bought a few years ago and had never used. One worked well with the chalet picture, one less so but that worked well with the allotments and beach huts pictures.

I experimented with how to stop the ribbon from fraying, sewing, burning with candle and then with hair straighteners. I settled on burning with matches as the most effective option, but too long and the ribbon would turn black.

At first I sewed the zip pulls on all sides, then tried just sewing a line across, then finally found that I could do it more neatly by just doing stitches at the end of the zip and then secondly through the furthest whole of the zip. This final option was also quickest, although each bag took longer than I expected, as I was eyesight challenged.

So having completed the sewing I felt that the bags needed some kind of label or branding to finalise the designs and overall first impression.

My husband bought me some scissors with different shaped cutting blades, I added a vertical wraparound strip then tried watercolour painting small labels to add a final presentation detail.

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Of you like the pictures you can watch the animations of the pictures at https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/art-challenge-15-animating-paper-pictures/

Art Challenge 20 – Knee Injury Diary Drawings

As I waited for my husband to return from the hotel buffet, feeling all guests eyes on me with my new leg brace and crutches I decided to draw.

My ski knee injury was a guarantee of a need to be patient and go with the flow. It is just a few shirt days since the accident. Trying to diarise my experience through biro pen drawings is a way of expressing my experience and is a subject on which to practice my art.

This is the first drawing of the knee shake as the ligaments damaged.

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The pictures of the subsequent experiences and days follow.

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I realised that I can draw myself better than others that I have to be wanting to do the drawing as when they are half hearted then I rush them and they are not as good. I realised that faces are tricky when they are small. Some of the pictures are my point of view and some are me stepping back and drawing what I think I looked like at that time.

I am pleased with the drawings from these first four days, will continue to document the experiences in this way. It will be busier when I get home but at present there is little I can do but sit and rest my leg between meals and toilet visits. But we are making the best of it and I appreciate the small things which one usually would take for granted due to their normality. It’s a learning.

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This was the bruising at the back of my knee about 10 days after the injury.,

Update February 2020

Later MRI and CT scans showed. I did the ‘Unhappy Triad’ – complete tear of ACL, medial ligament tore from the bone, and I damaged my meniscus. Was three years to get back to skiing and five to get back to the pre-injury control. Had an ACL reconstruction and millions of exercises. But it was a life changing/affirming experience. When there’s not much I could do, I wanted to be enjoying what I was doing. That is where art saved me.

Related posts:

Ski Illustrations

Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

Art Challenge 24 – Knee Art For Healing

Art Challenge 15 – Animating Paper Pictures

The amount of detail in each of the paper cut pictures meant that I wanted to find a way to enable people, who weren’t able to see the original pictures in real life, to be able to zoom in and see the features. If you haven’t seen the blog post that was Art Challenge 13 – Paper Cut Pictures you can enjoy it at this link. I wanted to move elements of the pictures to bring them to life, but having glued all the picture aspects in place I was too late. I therefore decided to animate the pictures through the choice of stills I used and also by drawing the viewers attention to aspects of the picture by using relevant sound effects. The first picture I animated was the allotments picture, I was keen to keep the animations short and to the point so that the viewer would hopefully keep watching to the end. You can watch each of the three movies by clicking on the images below – they are all around one minute long.

Allotments Animation
1:12 Minute Allotments Animation

The second picture I animated was the ski chalet, I found this less charming as there weren’t as many ‘characters’ birds and so on, as in the allotments.

Ski Chalet Picture Animation
37 Seconds Ski Chalet Animation

It was some time before I could gather the courage to animate the beach huts picture. As this picture was the first paper cut picture I created I was afraid of an animation that did not do the picture justice. I was worried but am pleased with the result. With all of the pictures the choice of music and sound effects is so key to the atmosphere created in the videos.

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1:02 Minute Beach Huts Animation

How I Created The Animations I used the Stop Animation app on my iphone to photograph each picture. Then added the video to Apple iMovie and titles, sound effects and finally the sound track. I am proud of the paper cut pictures and hope that more people can enjoy the detail of them through these short animated videos.

Art Challenge 13 – Paper Cut Pictures

A couple of months ago I created three pictures from cuttings of the lovely patterned including paper by  Simple Stories. The first picture was inspired by a visit to the Lincolnshire coast, Chapel St Leonard’s to be specific, where I was enchanted by a wonderful row of brightly coloured beach huts.

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The second was a ski chalet, inspired by our visits to the resort of Courchevel in Les 3 Vallees in the French Alps. The third was inspired by the allotment sheds that I see on countryside walks near my home in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

I wanted to share these paper cut pictures on the blog as they are art works that I am very proud of and as they grew and developed on the paper were a delight to create. Secondly I wanted to show them as I have been working on an Art Challenge which refers to them.

With each of the pictures I started with no vision of what I would create but built the pictures up piece by piece as I went along. In doing so I was able to layer aspects of the picture, add something, replace it if i liked. I enjoyed the freedom of the medium to be able to change and tweak the pictures and add aspects as they popped into my head. Something that I don’t feel would be possible with painting unless you were using oil paints and they had chance to dry in-between.

Grab Beach Hut 2
Beach Huts. Kim 2014
Chalet Picture copy
Ski Chalet. Kim 2014
Allotments. Kim 2014
Allotments. Kim 2014

Each of the designs features a small white dog, sadly our Maltese Terrier Sam died after I had created the first picture so I added him, then featured him in the chalet and allotments pictures as a tribute to him.

Sam
Sam

I was delighted with the results and proud to display them, I also had some bags, mugs and t-shirts made with the first design of beach huts which were gifts for friends and family. I also added the designs to products at my  Zazzle Shop – click on the link to go there.

Tote Bag. Kim 2014
Tote Bag. Kim 2014

I will be posting short, (1 minute) animations of each of the pictures. If you would like to see those please revisit the blog next week or subscribe to receive a notification of when they are posted.

I really enjoyed creating the pictures and the nostalgia of the scenes, if others can enjoy seeing them that is wonderful.

Update: If you liked this post you can see animations of these pictures at this link Art Challenge 15 – Animating Paper Pictures.