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Bird and Flowers Cushion Design

I was asked to make a colourful cushion featuring a bird and flowers with this drawing from a lovely customer:

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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:

Paper-cut Pictures

Inspired Bags

Blackpool Icons Cushion

Life in Paper

I’m creating new things all the time, which I post on my Facebook Page and Instagram. Hope to see you there.

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Inspiration On Your Wrist – Design Concept

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.

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Sketchbook illustration of the concept.
The smart watch design prototype
The watch console would slip into a stretchy elastic strap that can be changed and easily replaced. Comfort, own choice of design, washable, changeable and inexpensive.

 

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The strap idea came from my custom designed and printed hair and wrist bands.
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There could be the option for the wearer to print their own strap design at home – making their product unique.

 

The idea is developing and I wonder whether this could be an app in itself. Will explore that idea.

Posts related to this are:

Exhibition – Sheffield 13th – 15th June.

Inspired Bags

The Inspire Bear

Well that’s all for now, thanks for being here 🙂 you can see more at my Facebook page and Instagram feed.

Instagram Highlights

Here are my latest Instagram highlights

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.

image 99-1I rarely use watercolours but do enjoy painting on holiday so captured a scene from our holiday in the Mediterranean. image 199What’re lovely location for painting than a subbed overlooking the sea! I created an ink line drawing from memory then painted it.img_8197

img_8209I didn’t want to take my phone on the pedalo and to the jet skis so I drew the events from memory as a way of illustrating and captuirng these fun parts of our trip.img_8227An unexpected art opportunity was the sculpture park in the resort of Ayia Napa. Acres of wonderful statues. Here are my favourites.

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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.

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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.

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This article is about baking, I chose a Bake Love – as in Bake Love not war angle inspired by The Great British Bake Off

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Well that’s all for now, you can see more at my Facebook page and Instagram feed.

have a great day.

Kim 🙂

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

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…

Related posts…

Football Fan Commissioned Artwork

Beautiful Inspired Bags

Exhibition Time – Product Range

Bright Bear

Thanks for being here.

Have a great day!

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. 

Inspired Bags

Following on from the successful bespoke charger bags that I created 

My custom charger/ make-up bags

And the handbag that accompanied the Inspire by Kim dress

The bag I created as the accessory for the dress

I decided to develop a beauty bags concept. I first create a boxed unlined beauty bag from a repeat pattern fabric that I had created. 


I then decided to take my Ice Cream Paper Picture and heat press it onto satin to make panels for a bag. 

My Ice Cream paper-cut picture
I machine embroidered a wadding backed printed satin panel

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 shiny satin completed bag
Finishing touch – matching zip pull.
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.

Here are related posts:

The Inspire by Kim bear
My Life In Paper…
Sewing into art
Animated Paper Pictures

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. Sending New Year wishes for a bright future. Cultivate your joy in 2017. 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2017 and the strength to see through the hard times towards good ahead. Wishing you joy, love and fun times.


I have a surprisingly good feeling about 2017. I’m just days from revealing my latest commissioned artwork and am looking forward to speaking and exhibiting at an Empowered Woman event in early March. 

Please watch this space for more news on these. 

#peace #love #inspiration #joy #2017 #newstart #newyear #newdawn #newday #happiness #light #colour #fun #inspirebykim #sheffieldartists ##makeartthatsells #patterncamp #inspiration #kim

Enjoy the rollercoaster of success in 2017.

Posts to enjoy next

Empowered Woman Event Artwork

2016 in Artworks

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

2016 in Pictures

2016 has been a year of colour, creation and challenges for me. Here are the highlights of the year in pictures. (You can click on the pictures for the full story on the different elements).

First Art Exhibition in March

First Solo Art Exhibition
First Self-Portrait

First Painted Self Portrait

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Self Portrait – Acrylics – Copyright Kim
First Oil Painting

Underwater Calm Lady – Copyright Kim
First Retail Placements


First Art Projection – this link directs to the Exhibition which featured this artwork.

 

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The Light of Inspiration – Copyright Kim

Ice-Cream Paper-Cut Picture Completed

Hot Days Eating Cool Ice Cream – Copyright Kim
First Jigsaw

 

First Art and Design Competition Win and Media Coverage

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Article from The Star newspaper, Sheffield.

First Book

 

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Sam – The Dog Who Wanted To Fly – Copyright Kim

Here’s the 58 seconds movie of my First Art Exhibition.

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.

And finally…

My Story

About Inspire

Design Challenge – Pocket Sized Toy

The brief was to design a pocket sized toy made in only wood or metal. It had to have educational benefits.

I brainstormed and researched toys and developed and made a prototype drawing tablet. The handy tablet was designed for use with, and to store, dry wipe felt tip pens. With one drawing surface dry wipe and the other replaceable paper sheets.

For anyone from three years of age upwards the toy is ideal for nurturing creativity whilst in the car, at the table or on the sofa. The drawing tablet can also be used for interactive play with adults or other children, for games such as tic tac toe or hangman.

I’m considering a model which has glow in the dark dry wipe paint, for note making or drawing the creative concepts that arrive in my thoughts in the night.

The toy could be used by the child independently or with an adult for games such as tic tac toe or hangman.

Learning Benefits are for fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, drawing and writing skills, and colour recognition.

Drawing Tablet Design Sheet -Copyright Kim. Patent Pending.


Making the prototype involved use of the band saw, rotating sander, pillar drill, hand drill, metal cutting machine, metal folding machine, blow torch and more.

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I’m in pieces – Jigsaw arrived

Illustrated Book -Sam’s Adventures

Bespoke charger bags

Globe Lamp Design