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3 Years and Beyond

Celebrating 3 years: It’s now three years since I began focussing on art and making. After injuring my knee I decided to follow my heart and felt a need to let out the colour and creative potential that I instinctively knew was within me.

Switching to a less commercial line of work has not been easy and has taken courage and conviction, but as I continue to explore and my work evolves I’m keen to see what I’ll be creating next.

The highlights of the past three years have been two Art and Design year long course Distinctions, a solo art exhibition, and being commissioned by customers to create bespoke artworks and gifts.

Collage of my favourite 9 from the past 3 years…

 

Latest work: My latest creation is an embroidered work for a dear friend, inspired by an image. I felt real flow in this work and felt guided in creating it by some artistic wisdom that joined me while I hand and machine appliquéd and stitched.

Image of Pippin and image of the work.

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The picture that the textile portrait is based on. 
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The colourful textile portrait on repurposed cross stitch fabric that I have dyed created using appliqué including felt I have made with iridescent fabric that was formerly a curtain in my Sheffield studio, machine embroidery, free motion embroidery and hand stitching.

This work grew out of the paintings and embroideries of dogs over the past few years.

Workshop Development: Exciting news is that I’m developing a heat press workshop. This will given people the opportunities to develop a design and print it onto fabric in just 2 hours. Watch this space for news and dates. if you’re not signed up to receive Inspire  news then you can do so by typing your email address into the box above.

My favourite pieces created in fabrics dyes using the Heat Press

Work in progress: Miniature plants need a miniature place to grow so I’ve been building a greenhouse in Fab lolly sticks with a Magnum stick for decoration. I’ve also tried a more rustic ones from twigs pruned from my Japanese Acer. Need to eat a fab lolly or two more to be able to complete the roof structure. I’m considering whether to plant miniature climbing plants with the rustic greenhouse to encourage them to grown up and within it.

Greenhouse picture 1 &2 

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Ceramics: I’m exploring ceramics, its not an area I’ve studied before so I’m learning hand building techniques. More on that when the pieces have been fired.

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Sneak peek at two of my biscuit fired pieces

Commission Time: Christmas is coming and its traditionally a time for commissioned artworks for loved ones, providing a bespoke gift made for them. My deadline this year for commission requests, to be ready in time for Christmas is 31st October. Please email me and I’ll help determine all that’s needed to begin the creation of your unique artwork.

Thanks for the support in the past three years and here’s to the future. To creativity, and beyond!

Highlight creations of the past three years.

My Life In Paper

The Inspire Bear

Cheese Plant in Satin

October is #Inktober: I’m taking the #Inktober challenge again this year. My intention is to try to illustrate the prompt words simply and clearly. You can see my ink creations in my Instagram ‘stories’.

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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.

Related posts:

Football Fan Commissioned Painting

Football Fan Charger Bag

Thanks sooooo much for being here. Share this with your friends and football (soccer) lovers. 😊

UK followers have chance to win this boxed canvas in a competition now on my Facebook Page

Have a great day. 😊👍

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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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

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.

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

Instagram Highlights 

Here are latest highlights from my Instagram feed. I like Instagram as I can send my work across the planet and people near and far can see it, maybe in far flung places that I can only imagine. From my life to theirs in an instant. Shared interests found. 


It’s been a busy time with my Foundation Studies final exhibition. My products exhibited for the first time after months of hard, but enjoyable, work at The Workstation in Sheffield City Centre. 

Sam – ebook page – Copyright Kim
Sam – ebook page – Copyright Kim
I remembered my intricate paintings of the white dog Sam, completed a year ago, on his journey as he hoped to fly. I shared a previously private video of the ebook. You can watch this, 55 seconds movie, here. 


Work In Progress – A rare sunny no breeze day meant I was able to work outside on my next intricate paper cut picture. This imagined scene is inspired by the Brighton’s seafront, with a tearoom, vintage style dress and ladies wear shop, and next a beach goods shop. This is the latest in my series of paper-cut pictures


For a family birthday for an avid French Alps skier I turned a microfibre glasses cloth into zipper bag on my wonderful Bernina sewing machine. 


I hand painted, printed and sewed a shower cap as my final exhibition product. Wipeable lining from my friend’s Sheffield haberdashery emporium Direct. Loved the pink satin binding – a beautiful find from Berwick Street, London


I made a video of my recent work to promote my exhibition. 

​And finally my dress design fabulously modelled by Lucy. 


That’s a snapshot for now – more at my Instagram and Facebook Page

Whatever you’re doing enjoy and bye until next time.

Kim x

First Time Feltmaking – Art Challenge

(Apologies if you received this yesterday, my error. This is the proper version😊) 

Here’s the story in pictures… I learned from the advice of my friend and YouTube videos.

Inspire by love or pink clouds and the sea.
My First Completed Felt
I developed the felt using free machine embroidery
The reverse side is also interesting😊
Ta Da – the final sunny sea scene completed. Copyright Kim
Detail of the felt surface

If you like this you can enjoy more than 52 other art challenges here, whether you’re looking for inspiration or just to enjoy. 

Here are other posts that are related to this.. enjoy. Thanks for visiting my website.

Inspire by Kim dress

Instagram Highlights – Featuring Weaving

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.

Stories related to this

Barnsley Boy Commission

Rainbow Dancer Commission

Twin Girls Artwork

My Story

Portfolio

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

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