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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’.

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Brights on Instagram

Here’s the latest brights from my Instagram feed – designed to inspire.

Enjoy these latest creations… if you have an illustration brief get in touch 😊

The first one…

Watercolour icons. Work in progress.

#inspirebykim #watercolourfun #watercolorfun #paintedbrights #illustratorwip #drawpaintclickillustration

Love lights up life.

Love keeps me going on.

Love me, love my art😊

Thanks to @tutorbill for your teaching. 🎉

#inspirebykim #loveart #loveillustration #inktober #watercolourlove #watercolorlove #drawpaintclickillustration #inktoberwithcolour #pixelmator

Pretty as a picture. Beautiful tulips. Grateful for this blooming gift.

#lovetulips #spring #bouquet #grateful #keukenhofinspired #flowers

Sunset Clouds – Adding some watercolour to my line drawing. Stunning sunsets always seem to be at the end of wonderful days.

#happydays #forthegooddays #pinkclouds #sunsetsky #watercolourpaint #inktober #illustration #sheffieldillustrator #inspirebykim

Enjoy whichever route you choose. #inspirebykim

I spotted a sign on the beach in Spain and had to add my words to it.

#design #inspirationalquotes #whichway? #lifechoices #beachsign #torremolinos #costadelsol #letsgotothebeach #pixelmator

Skiing – inspired by the Winter Olympics

#winterolympics #skipostaclrehab #illustration #sheffieldillustrator #lushwatercolour #star

Swimming with fish – adding colour to this #Inktober illustration. Underwater swimming can be energising.

#illustration #sheffieldillustrator #holidayillustration #fish #seaswimming #turtletime

When you think you might have found somewhere that you can be yourself. “Your true colours, shining through. Your true colours are beautiful, like a rainbow.” Cyndi Lauder.

Ribbons from Italy, Gecko from Greece.

#cooperativedecortina #cortinadampezzo #ghecko #camouflage #truecolours #pattern #colourhug #beyoutothefull #cyndilauper #geckosofinstagram #greece

The amazing Alina Zagitova – OAR. Skated a perfect programme at her first Olympics at just 15 years of age.

This beautiful spin position makes a lovely pattern design. Scroll to see the full pattern.

#sheffieldartist #patterndesign #patterncamp #winterolympics #patternbank #makeartthatsells #drawpaintclickillustration #illustration #iceskating #alinazagitova #surfacedesign

Last but not least… ending with pink fireworks!

Lush fireworks this evening😍

#pyrotechnics #courchevel #fireworks #starwars #hotpink

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#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. 

Ski Fit Illustrations 

After major knee injury my resolve ran thin after so many repetitive exercises. I needed new impetuous and accountability to push on with vigour.

As steps on my path back to skiing I created exercise boards to inspire me and illustrate the exercises that will help strengthen. I’m studying illustration at present with Bill Wright, from Central St Martins. 

Now I really have no excuse… I’ll schedule it in my calendar to try to get to it regularly. Maybe stating my intention here to do this 5 times a week will  spur me on…

Here are some posts that relate to this…

Knee Art For Healing
Knee Injury Reportage Illustrations 

From Injury to First Exhibition – Art Journey

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 

Media Coverage 

I’m delighted that the Sheffield Star newspaper have covered my exhibition on page 12 of today’s paper.

Here’s the press release issued about the project:

Designed to Inspire – Art Exhibition 

Kimberley Kay, working as ‘Inspire by Kim’, has developed a range of ‘Everyday Inspiration’ products – exhibited at The Workstation Gallery in Sheffield this week. 

Kim explained, “I create to inspire and uplift people, with bright designs and delightful fabrics that add colour to everyday routines.” 

“At Sheffield College I’ve explored creative ways to communicate, studied textile techniques and developed pattern designs. I honed manufacturing skills to make a delightful product range of bags, clothing and accessories. The products come together in a catalogue to engage retailers and customers. 

“I share my work in progress through my website, Facebook page and Instagram feed, which provides feedback for the development of my products. The digital world means its possible to reach out to people globally, if people can feel a little happier from seeing my work that’s a wonderful thing.” 

“My goal is to have a successful art business of commissioned work, illustration, products, and inspiring, creative workshops for local people. I’m determined so it’s a matter of keeping going forwards, step by step.” 

Kim has been studying with Design & Visual Arts Department at the Hillsborough Campus of Sheffield College. The end of year exhibition covers Art & Design, Games Design, Graphic Design and Photography and takes place at The Workstation, until 8pm on Thursday 15th June. 

Kim’s cheesegrater Sheffield souvenir idea received acclaim from Sheffield Design Week in November 2016. 

***Ends***

Bye for now, thanks for being here. 

Kim x

Instagram Highlights 

Here are latest highlights from my Instagram feed. I like Instagram as I can send my work across the planet and people near and far can see it, maybe in far flung places that I can only imagine. From my life to theirs in an instant. Shared interests found. 


It’s been a busy time with my Foundation Studies final exhibition. My products exhibited for the first time after months of hard, but enjoyable, work at The Workstation in Sheffield City Centre. 

Sam – ebook page – Copyright Kim
Sam – ebook page – Copyright Kim
I remembered my intricate paintings of the white dog Sam, completed a year ago, on his journey as he hoped to fly. I shared a previously private video of the ebook. You can watch this, 55 seconds movie, here. 


Work In Progress – A rare sunny no breeze day meant I was able to work outside on my next intricate paper cut picture. This imagined scene is inspired by the Brighton’s seafront, with a tearoom, vintage style dress and ladies wear shop, and next a beach goods shop. This is the latest in my series of paper-cut pictures


For a family birthday for an avid French Alps skier I turned a microfibre glasses cloth into zipper bag on my wonderful Bernina sewing machine. 


I hand painted, printed and sewed a shower cap as my final exhibition product. Wipeable lining from my friend’s Sheffield haberdashery emporium Direct. Loved the pink satin binding – a beautiful find from Berwick Street, London


I made a video of my recent work to promote my exhibition. 

​And finally my dress design fabulously modelled by Lucy. 


That’s a snapshot for now – more at my Instagram and Facebook Page

Whatever you’re doing enjoy and bye until next time.

Kim x

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. 

Exhibition – Sheffield 13th – 15th June.

I’m delighted that in just a week from now I’ll be exhibiting my latest work at The Workstation in Sheffield, S1 2BX.

My exhibited work is the culmination of 2 years experimenting, developing techniques, and evolving my art practice. I have designed fabrics, printed them and developed products, I then brought them together in a catalogue and began to market them online and seek retail opportunities. The products are designed to provide ‘everyday inspiration’ as part of my aim to inspire and uplift people.

My art journey started a little over two years ago when following acute knee injury and surgery there weren’t many things I could do. One thing I was able to do was art, I decided to indulge and focus on art.

Then faced with a winter of not being able to do the sports I loved, skiing and skating, I enrolled at the local college. Returning to education as a mature student is challenging and growing accustomed to asking for help and being beyond my comfort zone took some getting used to. But after a great year at Sheffield College and a Distinction in the course I was sad to leave. I felt I had more exploring to do, through the college learning and development structure, and in the great facilities of the Design & Visual Arts Department at the Hillsborough Campus. So I returned to study an Art Foundation course with the intention of giving myself a baseline offering for a successful art business of commissioned work, illustration projects, products and licensing.

With hard work, dedication and enthusiastic support I have achieved what I set out to do, and am pleased to have this opportunity to publicly show my work.

Sheffield College’s Design and Visual Arts Exhibition is at The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield from Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June to 10am – 4pm and 15th June 10am – 8pm. The exhibition embraces the disciplines of Art and Design, Games Design, Graphic Design and Photography.

See my work at the exhibition or those living further afield can visit my Instagram and Facebook Page.

Open Night 15th June 2017

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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