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Drawing With Silks – Cute Dog

As a small sofa-friendly project over the easter weekend I decided to embark on a small embroidered portrait of the little dog that spends some days with me.

 

I found a high res picture that really showed the detail, and began first to represent the darkest areas gradually and carefully colour matching the different tones with embroidery silks, and representing the different textures. I took a drawing in silks approach, using drawing techniques that I use in life drawings.

 

I was pleased with how the embroidery began to take on his likeness and reflect some of his character. I added a paw print, from a picture I captured of it whilst walking during a snowfall.As I liked how the portrait looked in the embroidery hoop I decided to turn that into the frame, giving it a collar effect using a football boot lace (ssshh!)

The little dog is a lhasa apso with a lovely coat and sooo cute. He’s a great little guy who it is fun company.

The little dog’s owner was really pleased with the picture and how it captured the detail of his face and coat.

This is not the first cute dog that I have had the pleasure of capturing in art, I previously used acrylic paint to illustrate a children’s book about a white dog called Sam who wanted to fly.

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

More related posts are at these links:

Art Challenge 28 –  Dog Portraits – Maltese

Sewing into Art

Have a n-ice day! Sewing challenge

I later created another dog portrait – here is the link to the story and a video of the project. 

Its been a pleasure to share this story and its fab to have you here, please share my site with friends who’ll enjoy it x

I write my blog as story by story I’m logging my creative journey and writing my book. If you’d like to read the chapters as they are created you can follow this blog. It’s presently a small and select group but it would’ve lovely to have you join us. 😊

Kim x

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Sew Fun – Sewing Highlights

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:

The Inspire Bear

Inspired Bags

Inspire by Kim Dress

Thanks for being here on my blog. Enjoy your time here x

 

Puppet – Paper Art Design

As a gift for a delightful three year old little girl I designed and made a glove puppet.

A new creative experience, using paper art techniques learned in my paper artworks and textiles and sewing techniques learned in beauty bag creating, the development of the toy is shown in pictures here.

I chose bold colours, cute icons – bluebird, butterflies, flowers and tried to use elements in threes (such as buttons) for counting practice as it was a 3rd birthday gift. 🎁

Completed paper design ready for scanning. I then printed the scan onto special paper using special inks that transferred the fabric design onto the satin fabric when I placed them together in the heat press.

Added a fleecy wadding behind and then stitched into the two layers to accentuate elements of the design with a quilting effect that has a lovely feel and makes the light bounce of the shiny satin. Some hand sewing of some embellishments too.

< img src=”https://52artchallenges.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/img_0789.jpg&#8221; class=”size-medium wp-image-4234″ height=”2150″ width=”1612″>The design trimmed down to a seam allowance and then piped the opening with contrasting ribbon next – lush colour.

All sewn, personalised and with a care label inside, ready to be posted to spread a little happiness for Chloe’s 3rd Birthday.

I’m pleased sed with the design – the colours, the vibrancy, the face – I realised that cute is not easy and I’ve learning to do there. I was less happy with the structure, my husband likened it to an oven glove 🤣, but my sewing skills developed as a result of the project, and achieved what I set out to do and from design creation to posting in just 10 days (in a busy December period).

I hope little Chloe will enjoy the puppet and feel inspired by something uniquely made for her. I suggested to her mummy that when not being played with the puppet could be popped on a plastic bottle for display.

This project came out of my previous work in paper and fabric design, here are posts showing this work…

My Life In PaperInspired Bags Many thanks to Sheffield College, Make Art That Sells and Pattern Camp for their teaching and the facilities that made this project possible.

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Ladies’ Loungewear Design Concepts

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. 

My dry point printed and digital design
I love how ththe design looks on this off the shoulder sweatshirt. Comfy and uplifting.
The design would look and feel great for a satin gown/ cover up
My design on a slipper
A lovely design for an eye mask – so the wearer can rest and recharge.
I realised that scaling of a design is important – would love this two set in the design on a light catching satin fabric
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. 

Click here for related links and articles:

Inspired bags

Bag Shop Now Open

Inspire by Kim dress

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

News – Shop Now Open

It has been a busy time lately – developing products and bringing them to market. I’m delighted that customisable beauty/ iPad bags are now available to be made to order at my new Folksy shop


For a unique, one off, no one else has gift the bags are bespoke, that way each one is different. The bags are created to inspire and uplift featuring original textile designs, intricately crafted with care.

Sample bags will be exhibited at The Workstation, Sheffield from 13th – 16th June.

Thanks for visiting my blog, stay a while and enjoy what you see. 

Glass Making Workshop

I love light in glass, the colours projected by coloured glass and was keen to know more. 

After the Dichronic Glass workshop with Alison of Handmade in Netheredge, at The Art House in Sheffield in May, I booked the full day workshop. 

Dichronic glass jewellery made at the workshop in May
 We used a range of glass products to design and decorate including. 

 So here are my pieces pre-firing. Fingers crossed they survive the 1800 degrees in the kiln! 

Careful selected Dichronic glass pieces
Dichronic Glass Brooch – before firing
Star light catcher, hopefully, decorated with frit, stones and of course sparkle
Colour burst light catcher or coaster
Playing with strings, copper and eggshell glass to create a scene
Fruit plate with bubble powder and sparkle
 

Ta Da, here’s what they are like after firing. I’m so relieved they survived the kiln and live how it evolved them. I love the light and colours in the glass. 

My Colour Wheel Inspired Light Catcher/ Coaster
My sunny scene fruit platter
Stunning blue Star of David
My beautiful fired brooch.

I’m delighted with the outcomes. Thanks to Alison at Handmade in Netheredge for a lovely day workshop. 

Thank you so much for being here. These are other posts you might like to enjoy next…

Dichronic Glass Jewellery

Ceramics Art Challenge

Paper Cut Pictures

My Life in Paper

My Story – Art That Came Out Of Injury 

If there’s a lovely someone who you think would enjoy my art please feel free to share my blog with them. 

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.

 

The Hardest Year, 2015, Ends – Art Reflection 

 My year started with acute knee injury and then major surgery. It has been the hardest year but it enabled me to develop my art. I’m most proud of my bright female characters.  

Thanks for your support for my blog, enjoy the final day of the year. Kim