Let’s Meet At Renishaw Hall

I’m delighted to be bringing my art to the beautiful Renishaw Hall, in Derbyshire, for the Food and Craft Fair on 28th August 2022 from 10am to 4pm.

My painting of Renishaw Hall, painted on location in Summer 2021. Copyright Kim.

Renishaw Hall and Gardens is a special place to me so I’m looking forward to being there signing Ski A to Z first editions, chatting about how the book art and experiences were created. I’ll be showing some exciting new work which I’m busily working on to be ready to reveal!

In addition to Ski A to Z. I’ll be offering art prints. I’ll have fabric samples and a 2023 calendar to order.

There will be lots of lovely stalls at the Food and Craft Fair. Renishaw Hall and Gardens is a stunning private estate with literary and mining history which is home to the Sitwell family and is one of my favourite places to restore, explore and find calm. The gardens are available to visit and thankfully hall tours are now possible again. My visits to the gardens, quiet times painting, and meeting the lovely staff and wildlife, support my work.

Renishaw Hall Gardens is where I took the author picture for Ski A to Z. My publisher Meyer & Meyer Sport needed a picture urgently. So in May 2021 I dressed for the mountains and, trying not to melt, sought an alpine tree backdrop. The picture is in the introduction of Ski A to Z.

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing, packed with info, tips and advice to maximise enjoyment of skiing. Its fun of uplifting illustrations and some humour too. The book is ideal for anyone interested in snowsports or who is looking for a new challenge or adventure, More here.

If you already have a copy of Ski A to Z bring it along for signing, I would love to hear your feedback and your impression of the book, as this really helps spur me on and fuels my new work.

If you are not local but would like to order Ski A to Z click for the information here.

I’ll also be hoping to engage on the matter of a snowsports facility in South Yorkshire/ North-East Derbyshire and hoping to find some people/ land owners than can band together and get such a project moving.

Come along to Renishaw Hall on 28th August for the Food and Craft Fair from 10am until 4pm. Renishaw Hall S21 3WB.

My colleague enjoying a visit to Renishaw.

I hope to see you at the event. If you’re not able to come along I hope that at some point you will be able to enjoy the gardens, hall, vineyard, lakes and courtyard cafe of Renishaw Hall.

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College Alumni Article Coverage

Prompted by the recent Ski A to Z book signing at Ski Rossendale this article charts the story journey of my learning and career through to my present illustration work.

Image by Catherine Smyth Media

A reporter from my former college wrote up this alumni interview for Accrington and Rossendale College and it was used for an article with News Anyway.

See the full college alumni article here.

Read the News Anyway article here

For more information about my portfolio projects click here. Ski A to Z info and links to get your copy of the book are here.

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Ski A to Z Book Signing/ Meet The Author

I’m looking forward to my next Ski A to Z book signing appearance on Monday 20th June at the British Schools Indoor Open Championships at Chill Factore (indoor snow slope) in Manchester.

“The National Schools Snowsports Association (NSSA) is holding the British Schools Indoor Open Championships – supported by Snowsport England. The event is open to individuals and teams from junior and senior schools across the UK.” Source eola.co

I will be there signing books and chatting to schools about how Ski A to Z can help pupils, parents and teachers to prepare for ski trips with school, and to have a great foundation in skiing.

I’ll have Ski A to Z books available, special bookmarks created especially for this event and more. If you’ve already bought a copy of Ski A to Z then bring it along for signing.

Here’s a picture from my first book signing at Ski Rossendale in Lancashire, UK, the artificial ski slope where my ski story began.

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing suitable for all ages. Ski A to Z is packed with information and tips for skiers of all ages.

For information, testimonials and sample spreads from the book click here. Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK).

Click here for more information about the organisations – National Schools Snowsports Association, Snowsport England and Chill Factore.

Here’s to a great future for new generations of skiers.

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Where To Ski And Snowboard

Thank you to Where To Ski And Snowboard for the report about my ski and snowsports themed fabric and wallpaper designs.

More information about the collection of 18 designs is here.

See the story at this link. https://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/news/illustrator-launches-ski-themed-fabric/

Media coverage is great for raising awareness and helping people know about something that may resonate with them, so thank you Where to Ski and Snowboard.

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Southern Hemisphere Skiing with Ski A to Z

New book aims to demystify skiing from A to Z.

This informative and fun introduction to skiing is a great resource, and an ideal gift, for anyone interested in skiing, or who is considering trying.

New book Ski A to Z is a fun, practical, fully illustrated introduction to Alpine skiing, intended to answer all the questions new skiers may have and to help prepare them for mountain experiences.

“An entertaining insight into the world of skiing, ideal for anyone new to the sport.” 

Dan Egan, Author and Extreme Skier, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Written and illustrated by debut author Kimberley Kay and published by Europe’s leading sports publisher, Meyer & Meyer Sport, Ski A to Z provides information, tips and insights to help novice skiers of all ages grasp the sport. 

Many people may be put off beginning the sport as they simply haven’t a clue where to start, what questions to ask – or even the confidence to ask those questions. Ski A to Z removes that barrier, giving all newbies access to the information they need to venture into the sport and opens the door to experiencing the wonder of skiing. 

Sample Spread from Ski A to Z

The accompanying illustrations are intended to resonate with avid skiers as well as new, demonstrating the exhilaration and joy of skiing. The book is ideal for anyone interested in skiing. Ski A to Z is a guide for those wanting to refresh their knowledge of skiing after time unable to be on the slopes in recent years. The book can help families where a child has the opportunity of a school ski trip, where a group of established skiers want to help a friend to get into the sport, or for grandparents keen to engage their new generation on to the slopes.

In full colour and hardback format, Ski A to Z is available to order now. 

About the author:

Since starting skiing aged five Kimberley has over forty years of ski experience including racing, teaching, and heli-skiing, as well as ski holiday promotion during a 20 year career in travel PR.

Kimberley Kay said, “It is hoped that Ski A to Z will make the sport increasingly accessible to a more diverse audience by helping people to feel that they have adequate information to give skiing a try.”

Liz Evans of Meyer & Meyer Sport, said, “As Ski A to Z is written and illustrated in the classic style of A – Z books the format gives readers the option to read cover to cover, or to dip into the book for definitions or to answer queries. Kim’s passion for skiing, and enthusiasm for sharing helpful insights shines through her writing and illustrations. We hope that Ski A to Z will give people the inspiration and confidence to try the sport.”

Kimberley said, “People may start skiing through friends and relatives who ski, or they may try skiing with school or at a local ski facility (artificial or snow); but they may not have any of these connections – the book is like an all knowing ski friend and shares things it can take years to learn otherwise. There is information from artificial slopes, through to powder skiing, explanation of how boots and bindings work through to advice on what to wear and safety tips. 

“I’m delighted that Meyer & Meyer Sport are publishing the book, allowing it to reach and empower more people to experience the joy of skiing and mountain environments.”

Ski A to Z is available to order now through any good book store or online retailer. Further information can be found here and on the Meyer & Meyer website. 

Ski A to Z is available to order here and in all good book shops. 

“Congratulations Kimberley Kay on producing an informative and memorably  illustrated book to introduce newcomers to Alpine skiing and learn the unique terms and movements in a straightforward way.”

Sarah Lewis OBE OLY 

Global Sports Leader, and Secretary General of FIS International Ski Federation 2000-2020 

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The author is available for interview, comment, and has considerable broadcast experience. Review copies, book extracts and some editorial illustrations can be provided. 

Further media information

ISBN: 9781782552338

Kimberley Kay – email: inspirebykim@outlook.com 

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: MEYER & MEYER SPORT

  • Meyer & Meyer Sport is Europe’s leading sports publishing house and isrenowned for delivering best content and professional expertise in the field of sports and health and fitness.
  • With a list of more than 2,000 titles, Meyer & Meyer’s range of products includes sports handbooks, practical how-to guides, self-improvement manuals, healthy-living guidebooks, nutritional bibles, through to biographies, the inspirational and the fun.
  • The publisher has made a string of recent UK-based author signings, as it continues to strongly focus on the international English-speaking marketplace.
  • Further information on Meyer & Meyer can be found at www.meyer-meyer-sport.co.uk 
  • Meyer & Meyer’s books are available worldwide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ ILLUSTRATOR: KIMBERLEY KAY 

  • Kimberley has over forty years of ski experience including racing, teaching, and heli-skiing, as well as ski holiday promotion during a 20 year career in travel PR. 
  • Kim learned to ski age 5 at the dry slope at Ski Rossendale, Lancashire, UK and in  Mayrhofen, Austria.
  • Now based in Yorkshire, Kim creates art and illustration under the brand of Inspire by Kim, further information can be found at www.inspirebykim.com 
  • In late 2020 Kimberley created illustrations for Dan Egan and Eric Wilbur’s extreme skiing book 30 Years In a White Haze.

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Snowsports Hotel Room Concept

When developing a snowsports themed range of designs for interior decor I thought about where the ultimate use of my designs would be, it has to be the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an iconic hotel that is firmly on my wish list. I follow ice skater Elladj Balde who skates on the lake with the hotel often in view when he does his amazing, inspiring skate tricks.

To show how my designs could be used I mocked up a Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise guest room.

Mock-up of how a room could look in my fabrics.

This design features fabrics and my art prints on the wall. The fabrics are ski gondolas, snowflake motifs made up of ski equipment, ski goggle reflections, skiing through trees and alpine skiers and cross-country skiers from above.

Inspire by Kim Fabric Samples

I used this goal as motivation to create a collection of ski and snowboard themed fabric and wallpaper designs. Designs which reflect a modern approach to snowsports themed decor and reflect the joy of skiing which I like to convey in my work.

This joy is a themed of my book Ski A to Z which was published by Meyer & Meyer Sport in January 2022. The book is now available globally and is helping new people to have a better start in the sport and for established skiers to benefit from information and advice to boost their enjoyment. Ski A to Z is distributed by Cardinal Publishing in the Canada and the US.

This joy is a themed of my book Ski A to Z which was published by Meyer & Meyer Sport in January 2022. The book is now available globally and is helping new people to have a better start in the sport and for established skiers to benefit from information and advice to boost their enjoyment. Ski A to Z is distributed by Cardinal Publishing in the Canada and the US.

Here are some lounge space mock-ups in my designs…

The full range of fabrics can be seen at my Spoonflower shop, and are available for licensing at the time of writing.

Inspire by Kim Spoonflower Shop Screen Grab

For more information about the fabric collections go here.

For art prints visit my shop.

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Thanks so much for viewing my work.

Kim x

Author and Illustrator Takes Skiing Home – Press Release

26 April 2022 – Author and illustrator of Ski A to Z Kimberley Kay has launched a range of 18 fabrics and wallpapers on ski, snowsports and mountain themes. 

The range of fabrics echoes the bright, fun illustrations created for Ski A to Z and conveys a love of skiing, sport and the mountain environment. The designs are available for licensing (at the time of writing), they can also be ordered as print on demand by the metre or in a range of ready-made household furnishings. 

Hotel room mock-up with Inspire by Kim snowsports themed fabrics.

From snowflakes, to ski equipment, ski lifts to mountain peaks the fabric and wallpaper designs are ideal for keeping the ski season alive. Perfect for chalet, ski apartment, ski condo or a snowsports themed room, the designs are in Kimberley’s bright upbeat style. The designs are available at Kimberley’s ‘Inspire by Kim’ Spoonflower shop.

Inspire by Kim Spoonflower Shop Screen Grab

Kimberley said, “Much ski themed home decor is a nostalgic style with imagery and icons from the early days of leisure skiing. My designs bring in modern icons, imagery and equipment, to provide the opportunity to furnish in a more modern alpine style.”

Mock-up using the Corduroy Snow wallpaper, Ski Tracks and Trees fabric and Skiers from Above motif.

The designs are available to be printed on demand on a range of fabrics from sheer chiffons, through a range of cottons, right through to upholstery linens and cosy velvets. The designs can also be bought on rolls of wallpaper, pre-pasted, or self adhesive through to grasscloth wallpapers. Kim has mocked up a number of scenes to show how she envisages the designs may be used.  

Lounge mock-up with Ski Goggle Reflections wallpaper, Ski Snowflakes on blue fabric and Gondolas fabric.

“Whilst working on Ski A to Z I decided that once the book was published I wanted to use surface design techniques to develop a home decor range which would portray the fun and joy of skiing. I hope that skiers will also be inspired to use the fabrics for accessories and clothing.” Kimberley continued.

Ski A to Z is a practical introduction to skiing, in hard back format with over 100 full colour illustrations. Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK). More information about the book is at www.skiatoz.com

Mid-century rocking chair in a range of fabrics.

The fabric collection is hosted by print on demand company Spoonflower in the Inspire by Kim shop. Spoonflower is offering 20% off site wide until Sunday 1st May, see the website for more details. 

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For further information please contact:

inspirebykim@outlook.com Tel: +447850453672

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Lancs Live Ski A to Z Book Signing Story

Thank you to Lancs Live for the story about the book signing event at Ski Rossendale.

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/rossendale-skier-who-took-austrian-23620178

Thanks to all who came along and to all the team at Ski Rossendale.

Information and order links for Ski A to Z are here.

Giving manager of Ski Rossendale Dave Fuller a Ski A to Z book at the meet the author event.

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Ski A to Z Book Signing – Interview on BBC Radio Lancashire

It was great to speak to Shigufta Khan live on BBC Radio Lancashire on the morning of the book signing at Ski Rossendale on Saturday 9th April.

To listen to the interview press play below…

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing. Information and links to buy Ski A to Z are here.

I have done numerous radio interviews in my work in past, in travel PR, so it’s nice to now talk about my own products and work. I appreciate the support from BBC Radio Lancashire, it’s lovely station that has made a huge difference to the community through the times restricted by Covid-19.

Please like and share with friends and colleagues who may be interested in skiing.

Thank you

Kim

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