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Fabric Design Doll

With an idea to create doll I drew sketches then began assembling pieces of fabric that I had created through exploration with free machine embroidery techniques and heat sensitive fabric paints.

I’ll be demonstrating how to design and colour fabric in this way at a workshop on Sunday 2nd June. More details here and to follow.

I arranged the fabric pieces I’d created and stitched them together on my beloved Bernina before free motion embroidering further details of my favourite things, swimming fish, tulips, spiral shapes, hearts and flowers.

Fish and clams inspired by exploring the coral reefs of Egypt

Once I had the assembled and embroidered a length of fabric I drew pattern shapes and then cut them from the fabric thinking carefully about the placement of the different designs, details and colours, so as to create a striking bright design and balance where the colours popped against each other.

I stitched the legs and arms front to backs and she started to take shape.

My optician had asked me to capture my colourful Johann Von Goisern frames with my artwork so this seemed a good opportunity for a shot for this. The optician called it ‘frames and threads’ and shared it on their social media.

As the doll has two facial expressions one eyes open and one in calm restful bliss I needed only a little hair. I had a small piece of the bias binding leftover that I had pressed with magenta coloured heat sensitive paints, and wax relief of Passion flower tendrils, for the draught excluder project.

Turns out she’s a sun lover, I spotted her relaxing in the sunshine as I rethreaded my needle.

This work gave rise to the idea of placing supportive words and phrases on a doll to reassure and inspire the owner when life feels its most challenging, I’m going to develop that idea further.

Try it yourself:

All of these pieces of fabric were plain white when I began this project. Using heat sensitive paints I added colour and design to the fabrics to create something unique and original.

You can learn and explore these wonderful dye and stitch techniques, creating with colours and designs that you love to make something beyoutiful and uniquely you.

Join me on Sunday 2nd June at Stitched Up and Fleeced in Sheffield. 10 – 4 pm, £60. A wonderful day, no experience necessary.

You can book now by messaging your interest at this link.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this work.

I’m off to draw the doll now in different poses and develop a story around her.

If you’ve enjoyed this post these are other projects that you may enjoy seeing…

Bird and Flowers Cushion Design

Fabric Design Workshop – 2nd June, Sheffield

Fabric Design Project – Window Box Tulips

The Inspire Bear

Heat Press Inspiration

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#Inktober Highlights 

Here are my favourite drawings from #Inktober in just over a minute. 

Feel free to share this and if you have an illustration brief please get in touch.

Here are the related posts:

#Inktober Week 4

#Inktober Week 3

#Inktober Week 2

#Inktober Week 1

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

Life Drawings on Lino

Life drawing is important for my work as my art is very much about feeling good about life and doing one’s best to stay positive, as I’m female the characters in my art are most often female, so being able to represent women through drawing is important.  

A number of life drawing sessions were timetables for the start of the Foundation Studies course, as the figure is considered to be one of the hardest things to draw. 

I used a beautiful life drawing from UAL Chelsea and used Lino cutting techniques to cut into rubber. 

I added feathers when printing. I’m delighted with the outcomes.

Cutting process in progress
Love the contrast between the colours

I love the vividness of the colours achieved and contrast with printing inks on the white paper.

I think I prefer this print reversed…

Raspberry Ripple Girl
Striking orange against the white paper

I cleaned the Lino with white spirit then cut further her into the Lino and re-inked and created more prints. 

The second part of this challenge was to Lino cut directly from looking at the life model using just the cutting tool and Lino. Here are the resulting prints with the bright colours being inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s ceiling murals that I saw in Zurich Police Headquarters last week.

Black ink on brown paper
I like how this figure grows
Print on brown paper with colours inspired by Giacometti’s murals

 

My  previous life drawing posts are:

Life Drawing 
New – Life Drawings

My first time Life Drawing – Art Challenge 44

My print related posts are: 

Screen Printing Art Challemge

And finally here’s my story.

If you’d like to see more pop across to my Instagram or Facebook page. 

Enjoy whatever makes you sing today.

Autumn Colours Love

Fabulous time up high in the mountains of the French Alps yesterday. 

Leaf Trail – Copyright Kim
Le Grand Bec in Autumn – Copyright Kim
Riding above the cloud – Copyright Kim

The stunning autumn colours and the beautiful blue skies made me feel like my character in my Leaves Lady artwork and video created one year ago this week. 

Leaves Lady – Copyright Kim – Available on canvas


Leaves Lady 22 second movie. 

Enjoy this wonderful time of year when nature changes its colour palette in such a dramatic way.

Here are some related posts to enjoy 😊

Underwater Calm Lady – Oil Painting

Under the Sea

Getting to know my style – Life Drawing

The Hardest Year Ends – Injury to Art  

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 Challenge 37 – Smiling Characters

As its my intention to create art that is uplifting and joyful I wasn’t content with drawing and painting faces that weren’t smiling and happy. In Art Challenge 35 I progressed my ability and understand of creating faces both using paint and digitally. You can see that Art Challenge at this link.

Art Challenge 35 – Creating Characters
I read up and also watched a great YouTube video on how to draw smiling faces and set to painting in my studio, I was determined to crack this challenge. I started with a series of buff circles, which I then left to dry, which I realised was a mistake as then the paint didn’t blend in the same way when I started to add the shadows and highlights and then the features.

As you’ll see some of them were terrible, but as I started to add the detail they started to look at me from the page and sometimes reminded me in some ways of people I have known. I guess as I didn’t have a picture in mind of a face I didn’t know what would emerge. This could have felt scary, and equally sharing these early creations could feel scary but , with the year I’ve had with my knee injury and op, being afraid of something like that, with no danger or physical pain or injury now seems laughable.
  Once I felt the faces were as good as I was going to achieve in that siting I added hair. I do enjoy painting hair, and seem to have a thing about coloured hair as my previous creations show. My husband says it’s something I secretly wish that I had done when was younger, had crazy coloured hair. Hmmmm…. No comment (smiling). (Sorry that they’re upside down).

What I like about my characters hair is that it’s always salon freh and they can have colours that wouldn’t work on real hair and would look awful when it started to grow out. So on with the wild hair. This character was the happiest most human of the bunch and I was pleased with her vibrancy. 
So I put her in a sunny seaside location using a pic I created from a Brighton bandstand.

Then added a mantra – ‘Lean into your joy’ is a message I am both applying for my life just now and am encouraging a great friend to do the same. It’s a great way to increase enjoyment of life and open up new opportunities when you’re not sure which path to follow or what the steps should be.

So having created a smiling character in paint I wanted to create a smiling character digitally. I began the picture yesterday on the Thomson Airways flight back from Ibiza where we had a lovely holiday and I found inspiration in the Hippie Market of Las Dalias. There I met the artist Anima Delfica and couldn’t resist buying a canvas of a mermaid with the underwater sea life, rolling waves and smiling shining sun. I love snorkelling and swimming with the fish so the picture had to come home with me.

When turbulence hit the aircraft I carried on creating as it was a distraction for the passenger next to me who was a little concerned by the bumpiness. A number of my characters have wings and so does this one and again the crazy coloured hair. I added my joy with fish, flowers, love and the sun into the wing detail which then also became part of the design. I do love the Pixelmator app and am finding more and more great features as I learn with it.

It has been suggested to name characters and as the thought came to mind The name Miranda popped yo my head. So here is Miranda. I have just had a look at the name meaning online and it seems appopriate for her.

Miranda – Let Your love shine. . Copyright Kim.
I am enjoying progressing my art and developing my skills. Many thanks for looking, I aim to reach out and uplift and inspire people so please help me share my art if there’s someone who’d enjoy seeing it. Thanks so much.

If you enjoyed this post then you might like to have a look at these related blog posts.

Characters Creation and Portraits

Manga Character

Inspiring Mantra Art

My next challenge us to add travel elements to my artworks. I have travelled a great deal for leisure and also with my work and my firmer career in travel PR.