Great news! My fabric designs are now available on Polartec® fleece!
I have 30+ ski and snowsports themed designs to choose from in my growing Spoonflower shop. These can be printed on demand and shipped direct to you.
I’ve enjoyed the cosiness of Polartec® fleece for ski/ snowsport neckwarmers for years, so I’m excited that my designs are now available to be enjoyed by skiers, snowboarders and those who want to keep out the cold weather.
With greater resiliency, lightweight warmth and fast dry times, Polartec® fleece remains the industry standard for outerwear performance.
Select the design you wish to be printed onto fabric, choose from a huge range of fabric types including from Belgian Linen for home decor, Sport Lycra for functional activewear, to denim for durable outerwear, even cotton for craft project and accessories.
Select the fabric size from an 8 x 8 inch samples or fat quarters, metres and yards.
Place the order.
Spoonflower will print the fabric and ship it to you.
You sew or get a friend/ pro to sew.
Then enjoy your unique product featuring a ski/ snowsports themed design by me (Kim).
The three designs Amy is wearing are printed on Cosy Fleece, which is one of dozens of types of fabric to choose from. Since the photo shoot took place Spoonflower have added Polartec® fleece to their options.
Thanks so much to Amy for modelling, time spent together is magic.
Thanks to Spoonflower for the fabric printing service. It’s wonderful to be creating in a time when it is so easy to have designs printed on to fabric and to make these available to those who want them, wherever in the world they are.
You can select a design, decide the fabric that you could like the design on, from cotton to velvet, choose how much fabric you would like and then Spoonflower print the fabric on demand and ship it to you.
With just three lines of stitching you’ll have a lovely cosy neck warmer. I’d love to see what you make. Please tag @inspirebykim in social media posts or email pictures to me.
View all my designs at my Spoonflower shop. If you are a skiwear or ski decor manufacturer then get in touch to license my designs.
Thanks so much for being here. See more at the links below.
See this review of Ski A to Z, reviewed for Travelmag by Donna Richardson.
Thanks to Donna for this review. Donna’s review includes…
“This is a book you almost need to read twice, first for the beautiful pictures and then the information. What sets it apart from other ski manuals is the visual feast that lifts the words off the page as your eye darts from the words to the image – as a visual learner, I was engaged by this approach a lot more than any other book and I couldn’t put it down.”
“Over the past few weeks, I have found myself returning to thumb over the illustrations as well as the text, each time ensuring that I learn something new. As a result, I am sure next time I am back in the mountains, I will be a more confident, knowledgeable skier, and I am spending much more time down the dry ski slope too.”
Post event update: It was great to meet everyone at Swadlincote Snowsports Centre yesterday. Thank you for such a warm welcome and a lovely sunny day.
Wonderful to see families and youngsters enjoying skiing, tubing, sliding and tobogganing.
I’ll be signing Ski A to Z books at Swadlincote Snowsports Centre on Thursday 23rd February for the school holiday Kids Camp. Come along for signed books, ski art and greeting cards from 12 noon to 1.30pm.
I’ve always enjoyed time at Swadlincote Snowspnorts Centre as a ski race venue as a teenager, and later skiing as a family there. Swadlincote, along with Sheffield Ski Village, was where my stepchildren learned the foundations of their skiing. The snowsports centre includes a toboggan run which we have had fun times on.
Swadlincote is our nearest artificial ski slope, since Sheffield Ski Village sadly closed down. Artificial or dry ski slopes are a great affordable way for people to try, and enjoy skiing.
Fall-Line magazine have created a goggle wipe using my ‘Get The Right Kit’ design.
Following the success of the t-shirt design that I created for the magazine, the publishers have licensed the design for a goggle cloth for skiers and snowboarders.
The cloth has my ‘Get The Right Kit’ ski/snowsports icons design on one side and has a handy check list on the reverse side. The cloth looks and feels great with a slight hombre in the blue fabric. It’s designed for ski and snowsports goggles but I am finding that also works for sunglasses, glasses and even tech screens.
The cloth is going out as a gift to the magazine subscribers with the February magazine, those buying the February magazine will also receive the cloth. To order the magazine head here.
If you’re in the UK it is also possible to order the goggle wipes in the Fall-Line magazine shop at this link. Those ordering, do let me know how you get on and please share any pics with the tags @inspirebykim and @falllinemag
The wipe is made by Wipeout who also offer ski piste maps on wipes, and even underwear – which could get chilly if you were trying to check a ski route on a cold day!
If you don’t already have the t-shirt, I highly recommend the product, its organic cotton and plastic free packaging, and the service from Teemill is swift, you can order this here in men’s cut, women’s cut in a range of sizes and colours. Ideal for Apres-ski, keeping up the ski vibe, or connecting with other skiers as it’s such a talking point.
Check out my ski wear concepts at these links, these designs are available for licensing at the time of writing.
I’m keen to hear your stories about the people that have made all the difference to your skiing and snowsports. Those gems who took, or take, the time to help you, and have really contributed to your enjoyment of the sport.
I’m hoping to collect stories to inspire a body of work for exhibition later in the year.
Whether it be an instructor, coach, teacher of relative if you are happy to share your story please either comment, or alternatively email your story to email@example.com
Thanks for each story, watch this space for how the stories will be illustrated and/ or inform my work.
How The Work Was Made
I’ve been sketching a lot recently so I chose which from the pencil sketches. I picked the star character, which I originally created as a Christmas sketch, whilst trying to get ahead for Christmas 2023.
Once happy with the pencil sketches, characters and proportions I got set up for a painting session.
The paints and gel pens are the key materials that I used to create the illustrations for Ski A to Z. I’m exploring some of the colours not used for the book art, and am enjoying the different hues whilst still hoping to communicate the joy and emotion of skiing.
Many thanks for your support. Please follow or subscribe to see my work as it is created. If you like Ski A to Z please share a review where you bought it, or review it on Google Books as this helps more people to know about, and be helped by the book.
Thanks in advance for any stories that you are happy to share.
My latest design concepts are some of my ski/snowsport themed fabric designs as ski jackets.
As I was heading to Slide & Outdoor Trade Show 2023 I completed mock-ups to be able show how I see the designs being used.
I first created a jacket design with features that I feel are important. I focused on a women’s jacket design with stretchy waist sections, expandable pockets, a removable inside of collar so that can be washed. I also of course included a lift pass pocket, and added a sunglasses pocket, and a large hidden pocket for the hollow of the back where goggles, a hat or a book could be carried.
Read on for more features of the jackets. I’ve chosen three of my 20+ ski and snowsport themed designs – ski goggle reflections, ski snow flakes and ski states.
Once I had created the jacket design I placed my fabric design onto it and added light and shade to demonstrate form. I created the mock-ups in my favourite creative app Procreate, with my iPad and Apple Pencil.
Here are the designs…
For comfort the design has underarm zipped vents. Stretchy cuffs ensure there is no gap between jacket and glove, and the hood is large enough to fit over a helmet for those cold, blowy days.
Reflective details are a safety element of the design concept. The contrasting hood interiors are bright and could be reversible to make them extra visible in low light or white out conditions, making them easier to follow or spot on the mountain.
I took a print out of the designs to Slide & OTS 2023 to show to ski industry contacts.
These jacket mock ups complement the earlier base layer, mid layer, neck wear and shirt designs. See those on these posts.
Following on from the neck gator/buff designs that I shared in the previous post I’ve created mid and base layer mock-ups using my surface pattern designs. I’m keen to talk to skiwear companies about licensing and collaboration.
Here they are…
Mid Layer Design Mock-ups
I’ve created these mock-ups op mid layer tops. The designs could be applied to stretchy technical fabrics or lightweight fleece.
These would have a small collar, and quarter zips for comfort and ventilation. They would be a good length to not be riding up and leaving a gap between trousers and top. The underarm panel could be a thinner mesh fabric for added comfort.
These mid layer designs are intended to be worn over base layers., My design concepts/ideas for base layers follow.
Base Layer Design Mock-ups
To show how my fabric designs can work as ski/snowsportbase layers I’ve created these mock-ups.
Ideally the base layer designs would have thumb holes for use on colder days for cosines, to help close up gaps between clothing where the cold can get in.
The kegs could be in two length options, full length legs and 3/4 length for those who prefer to keep base layers out of boots.
Comfortable, stretchy fabrics with some compression to benefit performance, and quality which wicks moisture away from the skin and reduces odour. So ideally they would feel good in terms of both comfort, have joy promoting motifs, smell good and look good.
Base layers can last for years and can have use for other mountain, outdoor and cold weather activities.
These are just a few mock-ups. With over 20 designs in my collection there are options which are great for adults and children.
Do you create skiwear/accessories?
If you are a skiwear or snowsports company then please get in touch. I’m keen to explore collaboration and licensing opportunities, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Designs can be exclusive for your products or a territory or market. The designs can incorporate your logo or brand.
More To Come…
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Are you a maker/crafter?
If you are a maker and are inspired to make using my fabric designs then you can order print on demand fabrics* from my Spoonflower shop. Please do share pictures of what you make as I’d love to see the what you have been inspired to create.
*The designs shown are available for licensing and print on demand at the time of posting. When designs are licensed they may no longer be available as print on demand.
Thanks so much.
See the related posts to see fabric designs applied to garments, home decor and more.
The first clothing application of my designs is for neck buffs/ neck warmers for skiing. These would be on stretchy fleece for cold days or on lighter fabrics for use on days that aren’t quite as cold.
Neck buffs are important for staying cosy and comfortable on the mountain and they are a relatively straightforward product to create and so this felt like a good place to start. As they come up around the face to protect from the elements, whether that be snow or sun they are a key item. As they are breathed through skiers may have more than one buff with them on a trip.