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Football Themed Gifts

Football themed iPad rest. My latest project completed.

I was asked to make an iPad rest which would be a gift for an avid football fan, to use when watching his favourite game on iPad.

I created a unique design with football players set in a ball pattern on the main panel (above) and handpainted pitch with the lines stictched for the underside (below).

Watch the creative process in just 30 seconds…

As part of the development of this idea I made a drawstring bag for the same customer.

Also made last week was this phone charger bag, featuring the Barnsley FC painting.

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Football Fan Commissioned Painting

Football Fan Charger Bag

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Football Fan Bag

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 inspirebykim@outlook.com to order a unique item of your choice.

Barnsley Boy – Acrylic Painting – copyright Kim

Barnsley FC painting and bag The completed bag with lifesize print of the commission painting – Copyright Kim
Bag and my Beautiful Bernina machina
Adding the lining – no pattern for this job – it’s a 3D construction challenge
Taking shape – with lace piping and my hand painted side wall fabric.
The bag is padded to protect the contents
The machine embroidered main panels created using sublimation printing on shiny satin fabric – with fleecy fabric fused to give structure, and felty layer to pad the bag.
Accentuating design details and adding a personal monogram for the owner. So much easier with my new transparent machine foot
Assembled ingredients for this soccer crazy design. Ready, set, sew.

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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My Week on Instagram

As I don’t post everything on my blog here’s the latest from my Instagram feed. I like the instantaneousness of Instagram and the global reach. Lovely to think of someone  thousands of miles away viewing my artworks.

I announced that I will be speaking and exhibiting at an International Women’s Day Event on 8th March, and created this artwork for the event marketing.


I continue to develop my learning of developing repeating patterns, this time using a watercolour and metallic mandala, based on techniques learned whilst studying with Jessica Swift’s Pattern Camp.


I like to take a peek at photos I took a year ago and saw this painted lady. I added a face and replaced the background to make a vibrant image with the mantra – Stride On – You’ve Got This. A positive nudge for anyone who may be struggling with January Blues.


I shared the video of the creation of my latest commissioned artwork for a Manchester United Football Club fan.

I played with some fabrics that I had screen and collograph printed to create a moulage on a mannequin. And realised that fashion may be my guilty pleasure.

Fir and Crystal Themed Moulage – Copyright Kim

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Here are some of my favourite posts to enjoy:

2016 in Pictures

Art Challenge 15 – Animating Paper Pictures

Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

Football Commissioned Artwork

I’m delighted to reveal my latest artwork, my largest commission to date – for an avid Manchester United fan. Sharing the story of this artwork is poignant as it is the two year anniversary of blowing my knee, the event which led me to follow my love of art.

The 60 x 90 cm original artwork of Manchester’s world famous football club, created to meet with a detailed customer brief, charts the club’s history in a timeline, from Newton Heath to present day, including the Munich Disaster, and the treble win in 1999.

Viewed from the Stretford End the artwork depicts the energy of a 70,000 strong crowd on a vibrant match day at Old Trafford football ground. The composition spans the clubs history and brings together key players, managers and moments of the clubs highlights. Landmarks of the the city of Manchester are in the distance.

The artwork represents Eric Cantona, Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson, The Magnificent Sevens – Best, Robson, Beckham, Ronaldo and the VIP fan.

The ad boards display inspiring words and the goals are formed of written quotes chosen by the customer.

Commissioned by the customer as a surprise for her partner, the artwork was completed in December 2016.

This challenging commissioned football themed painting allowed me to communicate energy and positivity, which are key intentions of my ‘Inspire by Kim’ work.

The artwork came about after the customer saw my Barnsley Boy commissioned artwork, completed in late 2015.

Barnsley Boy and Rainbow Dancer Commissions Barnsley Boy and Rainbow Dancer Commissions

It is now two years since I blew my knee skiing, the event which was the impetus to the decision to become a full time artist. Having completed this artwork helps to heal the impact of the injury and rehabilition which I have undertaken ever since.

This artwork is for an individual and is not connected to or endorsed by the football club.

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Click here to find out more about commissioning an original artwork or email inspirebykim@outlook.com

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Art Challenge 34 – Football Fan Artwork

Ta Da! My second commission completed.
Delighted to have completed my second commission. After the first one I didn’t know whether I could create something so specific and personal to an individual again. The second commission was very different from the first as it is for a football fan to display in a technology company office. As I love colour I was concerned that I might make the artwork too girly, or be unable to have enough colour to like the piece myself. I started working up from the bottom of the canvas board. I chose the same size as the previous commission.

Canvas board ready to receive what was to emerge Canvas board ready to receive what was to emerge

The picture is for a keen fan of Barnsley Football Club in South Yorkshire. The commissioner has a strong sense of local identity and is proud of where he hails from. I started with the team’s main colour,  red, and created a near side stadium crowd which I later added kit detail from recent seasons and the energy of celebrating goals.
Barnsley was a city built on coal mining and coal runs at the core of the society and community so I ran a coal seam through the picture with miners’ lights to add a respectful acknowledgment to those people who worked hard in challenging conditions. The commissioner’s ancestors mined so this was also to be poignant in that way. The coal seam is surrounded with turf and accented with a strip of fluorescent for the match marshalled and in recognition of the hi-vis, health and safety keen time that we live in.

Starting to get a feel for thr oiece and loving the colours as the miners hammer away at the coal face Starting to get a feel for thr oiece and loving the colours as the miners hammer away at the coal face

I added the further stand using the past and present kit designs to add colour and give texture.
To celebrate the city I added the skyline including the iconic and impressive town hall building and also the hospital where the commissioner worked for some years.
As the piece is for a work environment the ‘Goal’ element of the picture has two meanings, both to evoke memories of great match moments and to signify achievement/ objectives taken to fruition. I painted two footballs, a little idealistic element to emphasise the energy and jubilation of the moment.
I painted the goal posts and then wrote key words and sentiments as the goal netting, alternating between words in English and in Latin. The logo for the club was the inspiration for the net and I have been wanting to learn Latin and now I know some. Some of the words are Family (Familia), Breathe (Spirant) and Achieve (Consequi).

The words in English and Latin supportive sentiments to help motivate. What would you want your commission to be? The words in English and Latin supportive sentiments to help motivate. What would you want your commission to be?

It was important to me that the piece was positively motivating so where the advertising hoardings would be at a football ground I created a collaged words to help inspire.

I added some personal elements that others would not understand and have now called it finished. I can’t wait to see his reaction and see it in position in his office.

Second commission on target!. if you would like a commisdioned artwork you can email me at inspirebykim@outlook.com
Delighted with how my second commission emerged
My first two commissions and my bespoke cushion in my studio.

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