Snozone Yorkshire – 3rd December 2022

Post Updated with pictures from the Books Signing event.

Post Updated With Pictures From the Books Signing.

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Wonderful to share ski joy and sign Ski A to Z books at Snozone Yorkshire. 

Lovely to chat about skiing and to hear people’s ski stories, ski holiday plans and always extra special when it is people’s first time ever skiing. I’m so pleased they can have the information and advice from Ski A to Z right from day one, and nice that people will be unwrapping Ski A to Z books on Christmas Day. 

Thank you to everyone, it was so great to meet you. Enjoy the books, prints and cards; and have a wonderful season. 

Thank you to Snozone Yorkshire, it’s magic that so many people can ski, slide and sled on real snow in Yorkshire. 

See my Shop for gifts and books in time for Christmas. 

Ski A to Z is published by @meyer_meyer_sport and thanks to @danskiegan for book endorsement.

Here’s the official announcement about my live event this coming Saturday… a great chance to buy ski and snowsport themed Christmas gifts for the skier in your life.

Ski Art Pop-up Shop This Saturday at Snozone Yorkshire

Get Christmas gifts for the skiers in your life at the Inspire by Kim Pop-up Shop at Snozone Yorkshire this Saturday (3rd December). 

Kimberley Kay, author of Ski A to Z – Illustrated Guide to Skiing, will be signing books and will have ski prints and greeting cards on sale. 

Kim has packed over 40 years of ski tips and advice in to Ski A to Z – to help make it easier to get into and to get on in the sport. Ski A to Z is a fun guide to skiing, for all ages. 

Kim created over 100 ski and snowsport illustrations for the Ski A to Z book. The favourite illustrations from the book are now available as stunning wall art prints. You can also send the joy of skiing to ski buddies with Kim’s ski and snowsport themed greeting cards. 

“Located at the Xscape centre Snozone Yorkshire is the UK’s leading snow centre for indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow. Whether it’s your first time on skis or you’re an experienced snowboarder, Snozone has a range of indoor activities to suit all ages and abilities and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.”

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Come along to meet Kim from 9:15 this Saturday (3rd December) at Snozone Yorkshire, Colorado Way, Castleford, WF10 4TA.

Find out more at www.inspirebykim.com or on social media @inspirebykim

If you’re not able to get along to Snozone Yorkshire view the shop here.

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Boston Snowbound Expo 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed Snowbound Expo in Boston USA. It was wonderful to see the reactions to Ski A to Z book, my ski art prints and fabric designs. Lovely to chat about the work and hear about the friends and relatives that they hoped the book would help to get into, and get on, in skiing and snowsports. I signed books for many people, including school libraries, newborns and those helping friends into the sport.

Inspire by Kim product range, Ski A to Z book, ski and snowsport themed fabric

“Please sign the book for all the children in our school, they will love it.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

Boston you’re beautiful, love the architecture and how it’s juxtaposed so strikingly in this historic city. I also thoroughly enjoyed the live music at the Be Bop Bar, ideally placed next to Berklee College of Music. Had a great time and hope to visit again in the future.

Boston Architecture. Copy buildings and historic sights. Collage. Copyright Kim for all the images.

“I wish I’d had this book when I was learning to ski.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor
Display poster used at the event.

“I love your work. I have 350 ski books, this book will be added to my collection.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

I hope that everyone enjoys their Ski A to Z books, the demand was huge, so much that we sold out on day 2. We hope that the additional online orders can be fulfilled in time for Christmas, and recommend ordering as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For the links to buy the book head to the Ski A to Z page.

The book is also an ebook so you can enjoy it right now! Get the ebook here.

Please could you sign the book for our granddaughter, she was born this week. All our family ski.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

It was exciting to show and chat about the range of fabric designs, pictured above as table coverings, a swatch book and brought together on the bunny character. Had some interesting conversations about commercial use and licensing the designs.

There are 25 designs in my Spoonflower print on demand shop, and I enjoyed seeing people inspired by the designs, we chatted about what project they may use the fabrics for. I and can’t wait to see what is made in the fabrics. More about my ski and snowsport inspired fabric designs here.

“My Mum is an interior designer and is ski mad, I’ll show her your fabric designs.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

Having had great times chatting with Tim Meyer on his Ski Rex Media podcast it was fun to meet him in person and sign a Ski A to Z for him. Listen to our 2022 chat here.

Thank you to Kathy Brennan, CEO of CEO PSIA-AASI Eastern Division (Professional Ski Instructors of America) for including Ski A to Z in the talk on the Snow Skills Stage. Kathy is pictured here is with Snow Skills Stage hosts Brian and Mario of Ski Bum Podcast, who are as great in person as on their podcast. Listen to our latest chat on the podcast here.

As I previously created 22 illustrations for living legend Dan Egan‘s book 30 Years In A White Haze, Dan suggested that I attend attend Snowbound Expo in Boston.

Dan invited me to sign Ski A to Z books at his stall at the screening of the new Warren Miller film Daymaker at Berklee Performance Centre, and at the three day Snowbound Expo at Hynes Convention Centre. By the way, Daymaker is a great film, I highly recommend it.

After working on the White Haze project it was great to hear Dan share his extreme skiing stories on the Inspiration Stage at the Expo.

30 Years In A White Haze is now available as a hardback book. It’s a thing of beauty. It was good to chat to Dan’s ski clinic clients, friends from school, early ski instructors and one of his school teachers. Nice to meet you all.

Dan’s endorsement for Ski A to Z is on the back cover.

Thank you to Dan for his support for my work and for his stand hospitality.

So a grateful , “hello” to all the new followers from the show. Great to have you here. Do have a look around at the posts about the Ski A to Z journey and enjoy the sporty art.

It was a pleasure to meet so many people who are passionate about snowsports on the stands and see new products, ski resorts and ways to enjoy snow.

Well done Raccoon Media Group on a great Snowbound Expo.

Head across to my shop here or by clicking on the swinging sign. Thank you soooo much.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer and Meyer Sport (UK) and distributed in the US by Cardinal Publishers Group.

See my mini gallery stand and account of the National Show Show 2022 here.

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Bunny in Ski and Snowsport Fabrics

In the week leading up to Boston Snowbound Expo I brought my ski and snowsports fabric designs together in this ski bunny character.

The fabrics are all in my Spoonflower shop here. The fabric used is the Petal Signature Cotton.

The fabric designs used for the bunny are Ski Icons, Snow Crystals on Warm Colours, Ski Goggle Reflections, Ski Peaks, Ski Isometric Pattern, Heart Plaid and Ski Fun. He has a heart on one paw symbolising love and the sun on the other paw for light.

Here is the bunny as part of my display at Snowbound Expo at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston, Massachusetts last weekend.

He was alongside the swatch book of my designs and on fabric samples used as tablecloth sections.

I chose from my 25 fabric designs to cut, sew and stuff this new character.

He started as a sketch, after taking shape in my mind for a while.

I planned the fabric pieces for contrast and variety.

After cutting all the fabric pieces, managing not to start sewing before I had done this, I then started to bring the pieces together.

I’m not the best at sewing but I wanted to show one way that the fabrics could be used, to help inspire people for their projects.

The shoulders and feet were particularly tricky.

When I previously made a stuffed character I struggled with the fiddleiness and small seam allowances. So this time I added interfacing on the reverse of all the fabrics to make them easier to work with.

It feels like magic to sew with fabrics that I designed. Thanks to Spoonflower for printing them so vibrant and detailed.

This little dude is set to travel. He got his eyes sewn on Monday and flew to the United States on Tuesday.

It was great to chat about sewing projects and discuss ideas at the booth. So he now just needs a name. You can email your suggestion or add it in the comments.

See this short animated video clip of him here. No sooner was he completed that he went off skiing! Animated in Aardman Animation’s ‘Animate It’ app.

The Inspire by Kim shop on Spoonflower has over 20 ski, snowsports and winter themed designs to choose from. Select the designs you wish to order, select the type of fabric from voile to velvet, decide the quantity, and Sooonflower print it on demand and ship it to you. Find my shop here.

I’m keen to see whatever is made in the fabrics so please share it on email to inspirebykim@outlook.com or on social media please tag it @inspirebykim

Thank you so much, happy making!

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Hang Gliding On Skis – New Painting

As a special birthday gift I painted this artwork for my best friend Katy, hang gliding in the mountains.

When we had this experience in the French Alps as youngsters my friend’s photo never arrived. So now she has a painting to remember the experience by.

I used online research, my black and white photo of the experience, and photos of Katy around that age, to create the sketches for the piece.

The hang glider’s camera was mounted on the wing and during the flight the pilot took the shot by remote control. The photos were then developed and (in theory) posted.

My Hang Gliding Picture

Setting off with skis pointed straight down the slope until the wing took flight and gliding over the resort below was exhilarating. I remember that it was chilly and I felt the elements as I was wearing my race suit as I had raced giant slalom earlier that day.

Each member of Katy’s family took the hang glider and all four pictures went missing, so the experience has always had the disappointment of the photos not arriving, associated with it.

The hang gliding on skis experience was in Alpe d’Huez, France when we were there for the English Championship Easter races.

Painted in Kuretaki watercolours on 100% cotton paper.

I framed the painted and surprised Katy with it for her birthday.

National Snow Show: It was lovely to see Katy reunited with Chammy Alcott at my stand at the National Snow Show in Birmingham last month. Chemmy and Katy room shared for a time during their ski racing careers.

This new artwork is for this darling human. Loved by so many of us. Thanks Katy for all your love and support, and for being you.

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If you would like a bespoke artwork created just for you email inspirebykim@outlook.com

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Ski A to Z in Momtrends Holiday Gift Guide for Skiers and Riders

It’s Christmas gift buying season – so I’m delighted to see Ski A to Z in the 2022 Momtrends Holiday Gift Guide for Skiers and Riders.

Thanks to Nicole for including Ski A to Z, I’m so glad you like the book.

See the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide here.

Having helped my husband and stepchildren (then aged 5 and 8, to prepare and head onto the slopes I know it’s no mean feat to get non-skiers up and skiing, A fun, safe start in the sport, as a foundation for them to build on is what I hoped for. All this and over 40 years of skiing fed into the writing and illustrations of Ski A to Z

Ski A to Z is like an all knowing ski friend, it’s packed with information, advice and tips to save time, money and effort in your family’s skiing, more information and links to get your copy are here.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK).

For more ski related gifts head to my shop.

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Ski Racer Girl Print

I’m excited to have a new wall art print available in my shop – Ski Racer Girl features in Ski A to Z and she is now available as a superb quality giclee archival print on 100% cotton paper.

See Ski Racer Girl to the right of this picture taken at The National Snow Show in October.

This is one of the Ski A to Z illustrations that I most relate to, that fun feeling of speed, flight and exhilaration of going full throttle down the mountain.

It was great to see Chemmy Alcott, four times Olympian and presenter of BBC Ski Sunday at The National Snow Show. Chemmy is so vibrant and full of fun.

Chemmy gave a great review of Ski A to Z earlier this year so it was wonderful to be able to show her my latest art print, which I hope will inspire female skiers of all ages.

Thanks to Chemmy for her support and encouragement. We had a great time skiing together in the summer at one of the Ski Club of Great Britain @chillfactore sessions. Chemmy helped me to resolve some issues I’ve had since I had my knee reconstruction.

Ski Racing Girl is one of the many illustrations of strong female skiers in Ski A to Z. Here are some more of the fab women enjoying the snow in Ski A to Z.

Order now to have the print in time for Christmas, an ideal gift. Info, all the range of prints and information on how to order is here.

Head to my Shop to see the range of ski and snowsports themed products and gifts.

Thank you. Happy gift buying.

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New Work – These Boots Are Made For…

I’m excited to reveal my latest artwork, These Boots Are Made For…

Copyright Kim Walking Book, Watercolour Artwork, Inspired by biking, hiking, dog walking, selfies, summits, exploring, potholing, bird watching and cycling.
These Boots Are Made For… Copyright Kim

My newest artwork is all about getting boots on and exploring the awesome outdoors. Using a walking boot concept the illustration is to evoke memories of time in the hills. The painting can represent whichever hills you most like to roam. Here I see the Pennines, Peaks, Lake District and Scottish Highlands.

The walking boot is a landscape for miniature silhouetted people to be experiencing, exploring and enjoying.

Watercolour painting, summit selfie, dog walking  and climbing/ abseiling. Copyright Kim
These Boots Are Made For… Summit selfie, abseiling and getting out with the dog detail –
Copyright Kim

This piece which is now available as a medium or large art print in my shop. The print makes a great Christmas gift or treat for yourself.

Medium and large art prints and greeting cards in the Inspire by Kim shop
The medium art prints, large art print and greeting card – available in the Inspire by Kim shop.

Making The Artwork

As the colour palette needed is very different from my ski art I headed to the Peak District National Park to study the colours, rock forms, folk and foliage.

It’s lovely to get outside and paint and observe. Painting from life is wonderful and I always have at least one interesting conversation when someone comes by to take a look at the work.

After painting on location I brought the colour and form insights home and worked on painting the boot feature, for the characters to explore. The boot is a Hanwag Boot with Vibram sole from fitted for me at Outside in Hathersage.

Work in progress at the painting session. Han Wag walking boot and Kuretaki watercolour paints. Inspire by Kim

The earlier study at the back of this picture was painted before the location painting. The location painting really helped to capture the more muted colour palette and how the grasses and other foliage are.

Own The Work

The high quality giclee archival prints are professionally printed and mounted. The artworks are printed on 300 gsm 100% cotton paper and expertly displayed in a stunning conservation grade glacier white mount. Order soon to have it in time for Christmas.

These Boots Are Made For…  Cooyright Kim
The mounted prints are ready to frame and fit standard frame sizes.

These Boots Are Made For… was the completed ready for the Renishaw Hall and Gardens Food and Craft Fair.

Here are closeups of the detail of the work.

Fancy A Drink?

A good walk always has a pub somewhere along the way. A spin off piece of this work is this The Queen Pub painting in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who had a great love of the outdoors.

Watercolour pub painting in memory of Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen Pub – Copyright Kim

More about the Peak District National Park here. If you like the boot check out Han Wag and for boot fitting head to Outside. The pub is in Hathersage, but the real pub is not called the The Queen. Full marks to anyone who can name it.

This waking boot concept evolved from the popular Apres-Ski – Party In Your Ski Boots illustration which was published in Ski A to Z.

Apres-ski walking boot being painted for the Ski A to Z book

To see all the artworks available as prints visit my shop

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Selection of ski and snowsports themed wall art prints

Thanks so much for being here. Please subscribe to my blog to see new work as it emerges.

Best wishes

Kim

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Ski A to Z in School Snowsports Magazine

Schools: Please put Ski A to Z on your ski trip resources list so that families can benefit and fully enjoy this exciting new experience.

School Ski Tour Operators: Help your customers have their best start in skiing and let it be a great foundation in the sport with the support of Ski A to Z.

This article in the School Snowsports magazine explains how Ski A to Z is ideal for pre-trip preparation for children and youngsters heading off on ski trips for the first time.

The article has tips and advice for new skiers, and tips to help group leaders who are planning ski trips.

The helpful information and advice packed into the 96 pages of Ski A to Z can reassure parents and help youngsters know what to expect, and to feel more comfortable and confident to embark on this exciting experience.

I wrote the article to inform schools about Ski A to Z and to encourage them to put Ski A to Z in their pre-trip prep advice and packing lists. The book is incredibly good value, snowsports are not cheap, but the price of the book compared to the cost of the trip makes it power up the experience and the reader will enjoy their trip and the investment in the holiday all the more, having read and consumed the book contents.

I hope the article will really help families where their child or youngster are going skiing for the first time. Getting your child ready for what may be not only their first snowsport holiday, but may be their first time away from home is a big thing and could feel overwhelming, “what do we need to buy”, “what should we pack”, “will they be safe”, are all concerns.

Ski A to Z complements on mountain learning and advocates learning with qualified instructors.

That first school ski trip can be the start of a wonderful journey in snowsports, and it’s important that the experience is as positive and enjoyable as possible.

Ski A to Z can help youngsters prepare for not only a ski holiday, but can help them get ready for an outing to an artificial ski facility whether it be an indoor snow slope or outdoor matting.

Ski A to Z can help ease anxieties and help the reader get to the fun of snowsports faster. With the help of Ski A to Z new skiers can get the most enjoyment of their time on the mountain, And don’t we all want to save time, and feel comfortable, when learning something new.

Ski A to Z can grow with the skier with advice that will benefit even experienced skiers.

The tips and info in the article are just some of the tips and gems of advice in Ski A to Z. Find out more and for info on where to buy the book head over here.

Thank you the National Schools Snowsports Association for this feature. Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd.

I wrote the article and created brand new ski themed illustrations of youngsters in school uniforms escaping the classroom and enjoying the experience of skiing and snowsports.

If you are a school in South Yorkshire or Lancashire get in touch and I may be able to come along with Ski A to Z to your ski trip info evening. Email inspirebykim@outlook.com if this will help your students.

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Ski/Snowsport Shirt Designs

There’s enough time to order, sew and gift in time for the holidays/ Christmas. What would you make for that snowsports lover in your life?

Inspired by the conversations during my recent appearance on High Falutin Ski Bum Podcast I have mocked up shirts using my fabric designs.

Firstly two formal designs, great with jeans for home-working or days in the office.

This one with my Ski Tracks and Trees fabric, with inside collar on the Corduroy Snow stripe, Ski Goggle Reflections cuffs and snowflake buttons. The pocket is the Skiers from Above fabric design.

This second one was Brian’s suggestion (from the podcast), using the Ski Gondolas fabric, again with Corduroy Snow stripe inside the collar and cuffs, and Ski Tracks and Trees cuffs.

And for kicking back and fun times in the evenings and weekends there is this mock-up of a Hawaiian style shirt using the Ski Fun fabric design. Mocked up here with Contrado.

There’s enough time to order, sew and gift in time for the holidays/ Christmas. What would you make for that snowsports lover in your life?

I like the idea of the Goggle Reflections design for a T-shirt. Here’s a mock-up of how I envisage that will be.

I have 20+ ski, snowsports, winter designs in my Spoonflower shop bit.ly/3JRwG9R

Choose what type of fabric, from sheer to upholstery fabric, voiles to velvets, select the design and the quantity needed for your project (from 8 inch sample to yards or metres) and Spoonflower print the fabric on demand and ship it to you (from the US).

Note: Spoonflower presently have 30% off fabrics (at the time of publishing this post). Check the website for details of offers when you are reading this).

Brian and Mario are hosting a stage at Snowbound Expo in Boston next month. That will be great to see. You can listen to our 2022 conversation here and our 2021 podcast episode here. Thanks to Brian and Mario for the good chats on your show.

Please share pics of what you make, I’d love to see. Thanks so much.

Kim x

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