I’m delighted to have received these testimonials after a run through of my upcoming workshop, which will take place at Stitched Up And Fleeced in Sheffield on 9th March from 10-12:30.
“The workshop had a relaxed environment in which I felt comfortable asking for help or any questions about the work. The organisation of the workshop meant it was enjoyable and the time given meant I wasn’t rushed into completing my design. I am very happy with what I produced and the skills and knowledge about heat press and the dyes I developed during the process.” AGR, Sheffield.
“I thoroughly enjoyed trying a totally new skill. Instructions were very clear and the group dynamic made the whole experience much fun. It was great to see the vibrant finished result emerge from my own design. It was rewarding to complete the task from beginning to end in just a few hours.” JPS Chesterfield.
“Amazing evening experiencing the ‘Magical’ creation, made possible by the unique experience of Kim and her Heat Press techniques.” MK, Manchester.
The workshop provides the opportunity to create a design and transfer it onto fabric for use in a fashion, sewing or craft project.
Priced at just £30 it’s a lovely, great value experience for some quality ‘you time’ or a lovely early Mother’s Day gift.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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’.
Thanks so much for reading to the end. I’m delighted with this work and will be looking at the display of it. So watch this space by popping your email address in the box at the top of the page to follow my blog. Normally a maximum of one post per week, a little bright creativity into your inbox
Here is the work that led to the passion flower creation.
And finally here are flowers I painted in pomegranate juice (and a little green watercolour). The juice was a stunning pink so I could resist making art with it. The work is inspired by a great book I’m reading The Joy of Watercolour by Emma Block.
White dog portrait created in silks, yarn and thread on dyed fabric.
After the success of the embroidered portrait earlier this year I decided to try to create an embroidered portrait of Sam, the white dog that has featured in a number of my paper artworks, and whom I painted previously in acrylic paints before, paintings which became an illustrated children’s book.
I chose a teal/ turquoise cotton fabric that I had dyed. I chose the colour as it was the colour of Sam’s favourite toy, and echoes the style of the portraits that I painted on bright bold coloured backgrounds.
I gradually built the design using hand sewing, deciding to add fluffy white yarn that was left after I knitted the jumper on jumbo needles.
I was struggling to get a likeness and lost momentum in the project so decided to inject some energy by continuing the piece on my sewing machine with a transparent foot, and also with a darning foot to use free motion embroidery techniques.
This worked and I was able to sew into the design, develop the likeness and then finished the final elements by hand. Here’s a 43 seconds short video of how the work developed.
I’m pleased with the final outcome and can now decide how best to display the work in my gallery.
Related posts which feature Sam or similar techniques are here…
My first #Inktober was a great experience. I was approaching from an illustration point of view – hoping to illustrate concepts and ideas from my head – getting them into paper.
I experimented with different ink products at the beginning but settled into the wonderful humble bic biro.
In the course of the month my practice developed into a process for approaching the daily prompt words – brainstorming the word, considering which nterpretation/ meaning fit best with my intentions to inspire and motivate people. I created rough sketches, then developed one of these and often the third drawing would become the final detailed drawing.
I had a ‘no tracing’, and ‘only original work’, principle for #Inktober as I wanted to create solely from my mind. Through the daily practice I started to feel I could represent the image in my head more effectively, felt that the pen sat in my hand as a multi mark tool that could be used for line, shading and definition and could see improvement in my pen control and precision through the month.
The daily practice and seeing the benefit has been inspiring for other areas of my life and I’ll be applying that daily practice principle for improvement in other areas.
Thanks for the inspiring prompt words, to the great global #Inktober artists, it’s been wonderful.
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.
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.
Since visiting Las Dalias market on the island of Ibiza, firstly with Ben Shephard and the GMTV crew in 2002 and again with my family in 2015, I have been keen to try Batik.
A dear friend of mine has the wax melter, tools and dyes and gave me the opportunity to try it. She pre-dyed fabrics in bright colours and once melted I drew on the, frame stretched, fabric using a Tjanting and brushes. (Health and Safety: Taking care not to burn myself on the wax pot and tools.)
I am studying and experimenting with inspiration so I chose mostly sunny fabric shades and worked on energy radiating sun designs and an eye seeing inspiration. Thirdly I worked with a winged gir/ angel/ fairy design.
After drawing with the wax the fabric pieces must cool, the wax set, then dyes be mixed to add a second colour. I chose a magenta pink, and a purple.
After being dyed a second time the fabric is dried before the wax can be melted out. Ironing out the wax between absorbent paper left a residue so I tried boiling the wax out, which although a bit messy and needing a dedicated pan, left the fabric clean.
I’m pleased with the bright fabric artworks, enjoyed the fluidity of the Tjanting. There’s always something satisfying in having created something yourself. Huge respect goes out to those who make huge batik designs, I would love to see that being done. I may decide to make a scarf, cushion cover, wall hanging, lamp or bag from the batik sections.
If you have tried batik or decide to try I’d really like to see what you’ve created. You can comment below.
The end results…
Thanks for looking at this post, you can see any of my 52 Art Challenges at this blog. My work is displayed in April 2016 at Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop, London Road, Sheffield.