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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Inspired bags

Bag Shop Now Open

Inspire by Kim dress

Instagram Round Up

Here’s the latest of my colourful creations from my inspiring Instagram feed. 

Sewing my football fan zipper bag
Assembling the panels of the bag, with shoelace as piping.
Pink Lady – inspired by a sculpture seen on a visit to Durham.
Ibiza Beach Watercolour – One Year Ago
Holiday sunbed painting in the Greek Islands

Beach Watercolour Time-Lapse. I love the colours on the beach, the bright lilos, fun inflatables, pretty patterned swimwear all against the beautiful turquoise of the sea and the colours vibrant sun lit. I captured the action in the scene that played out before me.
Silk Painting – Loving the colours. Copyright Kim
Fabric dyeing fun with my favourite colours.
Remembering one year ago working on my ice-cream themed paper picture whilst watching the Grand Prix.
Shine! – first screen prints, 1 year ago. Have a great day all😊!
Nature inspired felt. Not my normal colours but love the teal hues.
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Football Fan Bag

First Time Feltmaking

Ice-Cream Picture 

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

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. 

Life Drawing For Relaxation

The first time trying life drawing is an unusual experience but once you relax into the drawing process Life Drawing requires a careful process of looking, marking the paper, looking again, making marks. The careful consideration of the model’s form and trying to accurately represent it leaves little room for other thoughts making it relaxing and a way of switching off/disconnecting from our busy lives.  

I struggle to meditate, find mindfulness a bit confusing but when I’m life drawing I can find a place of conscious thinking which is also a little unconscious. Sometimes I sit back from my drawing and I wonder where it has come from and how that came about as the many small marks become a whole representative piece.

Non-judgement of the drawing during its creation calms the mind, slows the breathing and allows for an enjoyable process. I use the thought that ‘with practice the drawing will only get better’, so I try not to judge the drawing but let the process of practice deal with my development. 

I first tried life drawing 13 months ago, here are the drawings from the latest session. This session began a little differently as the model was wearing a satin gown, so we could try to capture the texture and folds of the fabric. This was inspired by the ‘Robes‘ series of artworks by American artist Jim Dine created over an almost 50 year period as a form of self portrait from 1964 onwards. (Bizarre concept but fab colours)?

It’s a very pure form of art that has remained the same process for hundreds of years. 

You can use whatever medium you wish for life drawing in this session I worked in Quink, my favourite pink drawing ink and also at the end of session oil pastels. 

I like this first drawing, I can see a film star of the 1930s in the drawing. Copyright Kim
This is the first time I’ve managed to create a number of studies on one sheet as I normally draw too big. Copyright Kim
This one was created at arms length whilst tanning. The paper on the floor and using a brush on the end of a bamboo cane. (An exercise)
I began this one using four oil pastels in my hand simultaneously marking the lines fourfold. Then used Quink ink to make the colours pop. Copyright Kim
The final drawing of the session, I’m satisfied that this captures the volume and form. I like the strength of colour as it’s very in keeping with the bright inspiring ‘Inspire by Kim’ style. Copyright Kim
The drawing is valuable practice in representing form of all kinds and aids observation skills, so it’s beneficial to all art work. If you’ve not tried it, and like me forget that you were trying to meditate or be mindful, then maybe try life drawing to achieve calm. 

Here are a range of related posts. 
Thanks for being here, have fun! 

Life Drawing – Art Challenge 44 
Art Course at UAL in Chelsea, London 

My Story – From Art To Injury

Underwater Calm Lady – Oil Painting

Garden Makeover with Art 

Getting to know my style – Life Drawing 

It is my goal to inspire people, so if you have been inspired at all I’d love to hear about that or see art or creations as a result. Thank you sincerely for your support, for following my blog, for visiting.  If there is anyone that you think might be inspired by my art please share http://www.inspirebkim.com with them, for this I would be grateful.

Dementia Competition – Art Challenge 

South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition 2017 (@SYDCAE) ran a competition as they required a poster image for shows in Sheffield and Detroit. 

I worked in range of media with metaphors for lost parts of self including feathers, jigsaw pieces, petals, coils, threads. 

Here are my favourite pieces from this explorative work. All images are subject to Copyright. 

Iron Wire Feather
Iron Wire Feather
Saw this little fish in one of the feather images. Copyright Kim
Saw this little fish in one of the feather images. Copyright Kim
Dementia Hanging Over - Creeping gently over until it cages the sufferer
Dementia Hanging Over – Creeping gently over until it cages the sufferer
Heat pressed feather design. Feathers are lost parts of the self which may drift away unnoticed.
Heat pressed feather design. Feathers are lost parts of the self which may drift away unnoticed.
Where the fish was waiting to be found
Where the fish was waiting to be found
Fenced in by dementia
Fenced in by dementia
A tight coil unravelling
A tight coil unravelling – Rollered copper
My favourite copper feather
My favourite copper feather
In the grip of Dementia - Copyright  Kim
In the grip of Dementia – Copyright Kim
The rolling wave of Dementia - my first laser cuts
The rolling wave of Dementia – my first laser cuts

Dementia Daisy - Loss Over Time. Competition entry. Copyright Kim
Dementia Daisy – Loss Over Time. Competition entry. Copyright Kim
Dementia pressing in  - Competition Entry - Copyright Kim
Dementia pressing in – Competition Entry – Copyright Kim
My favorite outcome , machine embroidered heat pressed feather.  Love it. Copyright Kim
My favorite outcome , machine embroidered heat pressed feather. Love it. Copyright Kim
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https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/emerging-from-injury-to-produce-art-exhibition/
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Life Drawings https://52artchallenges.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/new-life-drawings/

Glass Making Workshop

I love light in glass, the colours projected by coloured glass and was keen to know more. 

After the Dichronic Glass workshop with Alison of Handmade in Netheredge, at The Art House in Sheffield in May, I booked the full day workshop. 

Dichronic glass jewellery made at the workshop in May
 We used a range of glass products to design and decorate including. 

 So here are my pieces pre-firing. Fingers crossed they survive the 1800 degrees in the kiln! 

Careful selected Dichronic glass pieces
Dichronic Glass Brooch – before firing
Star light catcher, hopefully, decorated with frit, stones and of course sparkle
Colour burst light catcher or coaster
Playing with strings, copper and eggshell glass to create a scene
Fruit plate with bubble powder and sparkle
 

Ta Da, here’s what they are like after firing. I’m so relieved they survived the kiln and live how it evolved them. I love the light and colours in the glass. 

My Colour Wheel Inspired Light Catcher/ Coaster
My sunny scene fruit platter
Stunning blue Star of David
My beautiful fired brooch.

I’m delighted with the outcomes. Thanks to Alison at Handmade in Netheredge for a lovely day workshop. 

Thank you so much for being here. These are other posts you might like to enjoy next…

Dichronic Glass Jewellery

Ceramics Art Challenge

Paper Cut Pictures

My Life in Paper

My Story – Art That Came Out Of Injury 

If there’s a lovely someone who you think would enjoy my art please feel free to share my blog with them. 

Drawing in Metal – Art Challenge 54

The challenge was to draw in metal. So annealing, rollering, hammering, spot welding were all involved. Enjoyed it more than I expected. 

I explored feathers for most of the work – I love their delicacy and fine detail. Beauty that falls from the sky to delight us. 

The outcomes were to be potential entries for South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Art Exhibition 2017 @SYDCAE poster image. 


I created this image using one of my life drawings with a photograph of the feather. 


And found a colourful curious fish wanting to emerge from this image. 😊


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