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.
Wearable tech could improve positivity – make a huge difference to a person’s mindset, rippling throughout their life and relationships for fulfilling outcomes.
I developed a smart watch concept that will monitor pulse, body temperature and motion in order to prompt timely delivery of motivating images and inspiring messages.
For example; elevated heart rate, without physical movement, could be an indicator of anxiety – in this instance the device would alert the wearer, through tone, music track, vibration and/or screen lighting up, to inspiring content, tailored for them through preferences selected in an app.
The idea is developing and I wonder whether this could be an app in itself. Will explore that idea.
Art for the heart: Count your blessings. I digitally overlaid this lino print onto a bright bubbly surface that I created digitally from one of my images. The woman is looking out hopeful to meet her love, and the man looks ahead hoping, the third series of cuts brings them together.
This was the only sculpture with colour but it was just my colours. I framed the shot for the wings to be cradling the moon as the early evening came.
I had a play with hand written lettering taking it digital as practice for the Illustration course I am studying. I overlaid the hand lettering in inverted colours over a watercolour sample to illustration three words, Freedom, Flow and Fun.
As exercises for the illustration course I have been working on illustration written articles. The first was a study that found that young children learn language more from speaking than writing practice.
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.
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Barnsley Boy – Acrylic Painting – copyright Kim
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I decided that a main panel on the front with a repeat pattern design on the back panel might work nicely. So I made the pattern elements and then created the pattern digitally in my favourite app Pixelmator. As learned in Jessica Swift’s online course Pattern Camp.
I printed out the designs onto heat fuseable paper then ironed them onto fabric and sewed a fully lined (invisible seam) bag on my fabulous Bernina machine.
And finally, for now, I made a bag from satin featuring a design I created in printmaking and digitally. The bag is also fully lined with hidden seams and is machine embroidered.
This one feels quality and I’m proud of it. The colours and design work well.
I adapted two online instructions from a website and YouTube tutorial to make the bag.
The bags are a key part of the final major project for my art Foundation course, and I have my first ‘selling to the public’ event next month.
Thanks so much for viewing this feature, you’re invited to stay a while and take a look around. I hope you enjoy your ‘Inspire’ time.
My largest artwork in 2016 is a commissioned artwork which I’ll be revealing here very soon.
I’m astounded that my blog has been viewed in 82 countries in 2016, I love the idea of my art reaching out across the globe. Thanks to everyone who followed, Liked, commented, bought and visited my art in 2016. I appreciate everything.
I dedicate this post to my dear Grandad who left us this year.
The next post will be looking forwards to 2017. Follow my blog to see that post when it is live.