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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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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 

Hand Painted Scarf

I made a scarf by hand painting chiffon using batik and silk painting techniques. 

I love how the wax flows, enabling lovely curly freehand lines. The design includes the sea, the sun, moon, a flowering tree and stars. 

Here’s the process in pictures as in lateral sections, drawing the design with hot wax and a tjanting. 

Helping the wax set with a cool hairdryer, then painting the fabric. 

The hot wax smell reminds me of hours spent waxing skis. 

When the design was completed and had dried I began to iron out the wax between sheets of paper…

The heat also activated the dyes and could see their “true colours shining through” – to quote Cyndi Lauper.

The scarf could be lovely on the beach or sunbed.

I set up a studio photo shoot with model Lucy wearing the scarf. 

I exhibited the scarf in my product range exhibition at The Workstation in Sheffield in June 2017.

Top tips:

  • Create a tester section to trial the techniques and products.
  • Take care with hot wax.
  • Hold at least four thickness folded cartridge paper under the tjanting when moving between the hot wax pot and the fabric. 
  • Use batik stratcher bars.
  • Square and hem the fabric before painting.
  • Cool hairdryer to help the wax set and to dry the 
  • Try using salt, after the wax has dried, to add texture and additional interest to the design. 

Here are related articles:

Exhibition June 2017

Silk Painting Art Challenge

Instagram round up featuring batik wax printing

News – New Shop 

 

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

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

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.

 

Art Course in London – University of the Arts, London

I had a wonderful week in London at the University of the Arts in Chelsea on a Summer Short Course. 
Tutor Harriet Hedden led a wonderful course from preparing backgrounds, to self portrait, life drawing, colour work and sketching in busy public places.

Chelsea College of the Arts is an amazing setting, and the location next door to Tate Britain is inspiring.

Here are the key artworks I created. see more at my Facebook page.

A Self Portrait Copyright Kim
Life Drawing, Inspire by Kim
Lunch at St. Christopher’s Place
St Christopher’s Place – Copyright Kim
Dive In – Copyright Kim
Longing for Love, Copyright Kim

 

Regaining Strength To Go On – Acrylic A1. Man emerging from the canvas. Copyright Kim.

Posts which are related are:

Life Drawing

Figurative Drawing

Self Portrait

Screen Printing Art Challenge

I’m just back from my first screen printing session at Sheffield Print Club. Unfortunately the light sensitive emulsion shipment was damaged so we weren’t able to complete the screen coating process. However I had watched a comical YouTube video so understood the principals of the process.

I prepared black and white images to print from, using photo software.

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The first image I chose was a glue gun Collograph print that I created. I like taking artworks through a number of mediums. The artwork was printed onto regular paper before I was tasked with rubbing vegetable oil into it and then putting
it to dry.

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Once dry the paper was overlaid over the prepared screen and exposed to light for three minutes that the emulsion would set, but wouldn’t set where the image overlay was.

After gently washing off the emulsion with water and a sponge, drying and choosing ink colours, I was ready to print. The inks were acrylic paint mixed with acrylic print medium. Great, less messy, less staining and possibly less harmful than inks used for Lino print and intaglio etching.img_4182

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The screen print frame was put into hinged clamps and inked ready. The technique for printing and flooding takes a little getting the hang off, but practice means the process is committed to memory.

The first print was into hinged acetate in order to determine where the papers needed to be positioned. Guide tabs were then added so that each sheet could be lined up.

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Copyright Inspire by Kim

I then started the print, remove paper, flood, add paper, print, remove paper, flood, add paper cycle, which almost started to feel like a dance, back and forth, lift and lower. Never one for the simple life I had chosen a two colour design to demonstrate the male and female subjects of the artwork and the mingling of the colours where the inspiration conversation is taking place.

The prints were in turn put to dry, then when the printing was completed the remaining ink was scraped back into the container, the screen washed down with a wide spray jet wash and the squidgy and spatula cleaned.

I theimg_4175n began on the second print which was a two part, two colour, layered design. The preparation of the image was more involved and required the part of the design which would overlap to be removed so that the colours did not overlap and give a third colour. This was then printed onto two sheets, and the same process of oiling, drying, light exposure, washing, drying. Both sheets were applied to the same screen but opposite ways up and the positioning as mirrored as possible.

img_4181The second time I used a much larger press with a vacuum bed. I first created the underlay of the yellow circle shape on each of the papers and then took each sheet in turn and very carefully lined up and printed the text graphic second layer on each.

I’m pleased with the outcomes, although it seemed complex at the time, after stepping back the process is quite straightforward. I preferred the inks to Lino printing, less liked the use of the PC than in Lino printing, found the alignment trickier than Lino printing and due to the scale found it trickier to hand the screens than other print mediums I have tried.

I’m keen to let the process sink in now and think about how I might like to use it next. I’m really pleased with the outcomes, they are striking and I love that you can feel the ink on the paper.

Here’s a great video of Sheffield Print Club

 

I wrote this as an aide memoir and sharing too. Here are other interesting related posts:

Lino Printing – Art Challenge 49

Experimenting with Printing – Art Challenge 46

Collograph Printing – Art Challenge 50

 

 

My First Art Exhibition – April

I’m delighted to announce my art exhibition at Airy Fairy Cafe & Gift Shop, London Road, Sheffield, S2 4NF from 29th March until the 2nd May 2016.

The Inspire by Kim exhibition will feature artworks created in a range of media, all are bright and designed to inspire and uplift. Visitors can enjoy refreshments or lunch whilst browsing 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.

Pay and display street parking is available or it is just 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

Exciting times. I’ll be posting the story of how that came to be and my learnings from the preparation process. More on that in the coming weeks.