“Symptoms of capsicum allergy result in serious situation like anaphylaxis or mild signs like asthma, abdominal pain, hives, eczema and head ache.”
Source: Allergy Symptoms.org
Now don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t like peppers. I find them deliciously tasty, but it took some years to pinpoint that being doubled over with severe stomach cramps, hot and cold sweats, three days when I couldn’t get out of bed, diahorrea until my system was empty, was due to eating bell peppers.
Give me a chilli and I’m happy and fine, but a fragment of bell pepper or a pinch of paprika and I loose the next few hours at least. Until my body has painfully fought the peppers and kicked them back out of my system.
It was suggested to me by a GP that it may be IBS, which is why I believe some people could be thinking and dealing with what they believe is IBS when they might just need to drop peppers from their diet.
Now peppers are very nutritious for some people, but they can be anaphylaxic for some. However they are almost never listed on food menus and food packaging as allergens. Often they’re not written on food menus, despite them being part of the dish. Due to their colourfulness peppers are often used in ‘food on the go’ meals such as salads. Really helpfully they’re often finely chopped and written in minuscule font on the ingredients list on packaging.
So I just want to make people, you even, more aware of the possible reactions and physical responses to peppers. Maybe this work can take away someone’s pain or discomfort.
So I’m asking people to think before they eat and serve bell peppers and paprika, I’m asking food retailers to think before they add bell peppers and paprika and to make it as an allergen, and for restaurants to always state where bell peppers and paprika have been used in their dishes. And please use a different chopping board for peppers.
Thank you for reading to the end. Next time you eat peppers just observe in the time afterwards how you feel. If you have any of the symptoms listed in this article you might want to see if the symptoms clear up or cease.
Eat happy, be happy, consider pushing aside the peppers.
Free Download – I’ve created an illustrated download for those with Bell Pepper allergies and intolerances. This is for use in restaurants, hotels at home and abroad. Please feel free to print and/or share this with someone that it may help, and to raise awareness of this food allergy. Card size set to 9 x 13cm.
Related work: Work that relates to the techniques is at the following links. I often find that the work is stepping stones to the next creation, like a bright creative path where the next step is revealed upon completion of the present one. These creative projects led to this work.
Next Step – in the campaign is to use the content created with supermarkets, restaurants and through PR and social media to raise awareness of bell peppers as an allergen.
Mini Case Studies – If you’ve a bell pepper story please email me as I’m collecting personal accounts and experiences that can demonstrate how this intolerance can affect individuals.
Links that may be of use/interest:
If you have a reaction to chillis…
I was asked to make a colourful cushion featuring a bird and flowers with this drawing from a lovely customer:
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:
April was a bright and creative month, here are the highlights from my Instagram feed. Enjoy!
Better late than never!
First up was a cupcake themed cushion that I made for a close relation.
Lush pink, grey and teal design. It was a huge pattern repeat so I made a booster cushion with different parts of the design front and back. As I know I’ll be asked the question, the fabric was from Direct Knit and Sew in Sheffield.
Ta da! Here’s the finished cushion. It really was a work of love as it was for someone I love and I love the outcome. The pink ribbon edging the cushion really makes the colours pop.
I made pretty bunting for my sewing space. Dyeing the fabric using sublimation inks and then stitching into and embellishing the panels. The satin ribbon feels gorgeous.
I used trational machine stitch, love the clear acrylic foot – it’s an essential tool for me, and also used free machine embroidery.
The little boat and clouds are from fabric that I dyed at a workshop last summer at Stitched Up And Fleeced textile studio in Sheffield.
I tried something a little different with my Paperart on one of my favourite icons for a happy day, Ice-cream.
I repainted my Maison du Monde Smile sign to make it more me, white emulsion the flicked my favourite paint colours.
This large canvas happened out of a study for another piece. As it was drying we decided we quite liked it so this is how it is completed, for now. 😊
The above canvas artwork was created using a drag method I had been playing with.
The final make of the month was a peg bag using bright screen printed fabric, printed by a fellow student.
Here are stories that relate to these artworks. Enjoy seeing the backstories.
Thanks for being here. Better late than never on this post. Hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Love, and peace to you, Kim xx
My personal work at present is part sewing and textiles, and part illustration drawn and paperart. Here’s the highlights in stitch, fabric and sequins…
Experimenting using sparkles, metallic thread and embroidery silk in different pretty ways to embellish the lovely bicycles on the fabric, ‘Sweet Escape’ by Bethan Janine for Dashwood Studio. I’m making a box pleat skirt in this lovely fabric, as its another designer’s fabric it has felt more of a collaboration, and I’ve just seen that the fabric designer is also in Sheffield. How lovely, maybe I can show her the finished skirt 🙂
The box pleat design taught me a number of new skills and some pattern adjustments with my wonderful dressmaking tutor Tracey at Sheffield College helped me learn how to adjust a pattern for set measurements. Proud to add my sublimation printed label, created on a heat press machine.
Just a few final steps and the skirt will be completed. Watch this space.
A new toy is this Singer Overlocker which gives a professional finish and speeds through making this jersey top, which will be worn with the bicycles skirt. The jersey fabric is from wonderful Berwick Street in London and feels fabulous. I’m made the pattern from my favourite top.
(Above) The pink binding will be a striking edge to a bolster cushion in this delicious sweet treats themed teal, grey and pink fabric. More on that in the coming weeks…
When my best friend was admiring some iPad rests in the lovely Annie’s in Sheffield I decided it had to be something I can lovingly make for her. I chose this ‘Glamour Mannequins’ fabric from The Henley Studio Makower UK which I bought at the wonderful Direct Knit and Sew in Sheffield this week last year.
I made the bean bag on the Singer Overlocker and finished the outer cover with a lovely twin needle stitch on my Bernina sewing machine, adding an Inspire by Kim label. I’m pleased with how the pretty fabric works and it holds the iPad nicely.
I’ve also been working on some house curtains and on paperer illustrations. Watch out for those on my bright Instagram feed at https://www.instagram.com/inspirebykim/
If you’re feeling like treating yourself pop across to my shop at Folksy.
Posts related to this, that you may like, are:
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I’ve been enjoying it Paperart again as a means of illustrating. Having seen the time-lapse videos by artists on Instagram I was keen to have a go. So camera on tripod I was all set to create and capture the process.
Paperart Scene for Summer Alpine Fun.
You can see my cheery paper art at these links:
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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As part of my design project I explored options for placing my design on looking bye and sleepwear items.
I mocked up in Pixelmator app how the designs might look on a sweatshirt cotton or satin fabric.
The design itself was created using dry point printing in single colours, then layering the three colours digitally.
I love the design as the colours really resonate with me because of their sunny day associations. I used the design to make covered buttons and a beauty/ tablet bag.
My online study with Pattern Camp and Make Art That Sells really complemented the practical learning on my UAL Foundation Studies course, which this work was part of.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to order a unique item of your choice.
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…
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Have a great day!