Gallery Space At National Snow Show

The National Snow Show at Birmingham NEC in October 2022 was a wonderful event. It was great to meet so many lovely people, to show them the work, to hear and see their reactions, and to make it possible for them to own, art prints, greeting cards and signed first editions of Ski A to Z.

The National Snow Show was my first event doing every aspect of a show. I’ve worked at exhibition events before but always after the planning and set up. It was a busy time prepping for the show, determine the products, display, pricing and signage, but the long hours before the show were well worth it.

My mini art gallery space displayed high quality art prints, giclée archival inks printed on 100% cotton paper. Printing so good that the have been tested to not fade for 300-400 years! And yes that is possible top test by firing intense UV light in a controlled environment to simulate time passing! The art prints are mounted in conservation grade mount board, in glacier white colour in a range of sizes.

The prints were popular for those buying for themselves, for ski chalets/ themed rooms or gifts for friends who enjoy skiing and snowsports. To see all the range of prints click here.

Brand new for the show, in addition to the art prints were professionally printed greeting cards with ski and snowsport themes. I am offering bundles of these cards in my shop here.

The cards are blank for your message so they can be sent as birthday, Christmas, or notecards. The cards are high quality so they also look lovely framed.

It was magic when people brought their Ski A to Z books with them to be signed, and when one person said they had gone to the show to seek out my work. That means so much.

This was my latest event presence to date for Inspire by Kim, so I’m pleased the products proved popular. Wonderful to see all the work together and hear the reactions of so many lovely people.

“Wow”, “This is great”, “No one else is doing this.” “Amazing’”, just some of the many comments on the Inspire by Kim stand.

Great to see lifetime ski friends there and to also make new friends.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback, and sharing the ski stories. Here’s to growing the awareness of the joy of skiing and snowsports to attract more people to our sports. The slopes await. I was speaking at the show, to make it easier for new skiers to get into the sport. More about this later.

Thanks to the Ski A to Z publisher Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd to Inframe Gallery for fine art printing/mounting, Killaprint for brand panel printing, Inframe for fine art printing and Sixprint for greeting card printing.

More about National Snow Show is here. To visit my shop click here.

Have a great season all!

Kim x

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Book Signing at Pendle Ski Club

Wonderful day at Pendle Ski Club annual Open Day. Great to talk skiing and magic to meet so many people who were experiencing their first time skiing.

The club is fabulous volunteer run facility on Pendle Hill in Lancashire where people can learn to ski, race and enjoy the sport.

I hope everyone will enjoy their Ski A to Z books. It was great to talk to so many people who are getting ready for their first ski holiday this winter, it’s a huge step and so it was nice to help out with all the info, tips and advice packed into Ski A to Z.

“This is just what we need, “We’re going to read this as a family, it will help us all” “This is a great book.” Were just some of the comments.

Thanks to all at Pendle Ski Club for the warm welcome on such a stunning day.

More information about Ski A to Z is here and about Pendle Ski Club at https://www.pendleskiclub.org

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport.

Next stop National Snow Show 2022 at NEC Birmingham on 15/16th October. More about my shoe stand and speaker slot here.

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Snow Industry News – Snow Show Coverage

Thanks to Snow Industry News for coverage of my National Snow Show story.

See the media article here…

See the full press release on my activity at The National Snow Show here.

https://www.snowindustrynews.com/articles/2022/august/kimberley-kay-author-illustrator-of-ski-a-to-z-illustrated-guide-to-speak-at-national-snow-show-pledges-support-to-snow-camp/

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Ski Guru Review Of Ski A to Z

Thank you to The Ski Guru for this review of Ski A to Z.

The Ski Guru, Martina, writes, “This is a lovely book to gift to anyone, of all ages, wanting to start skiing or boarding (or any winter sports ), and not sure where to start.”

Read the full review here.

To order a signed copy of the book email me at inspirebykim@outlook.com or buy the ebook here. More information about Ski A to Z is here.

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

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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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Book Creation Tech – Use Of Apple Devices

“Thank you for coming to present to our store team on Sunday. They loved hearing about your passion and what has inspired you to create a brilliant piece of work.”

Apple Store Manager

It was wonderful to visit the Apple Store in Sheffield and share the story of my book Ski A to Z and explain how my Apple devices were used at all the different stages of the process from writing the text, to processing the artworks, through to laying out the book pages.

What I call ‘my Orchard’, aka my Apple devices, are the key tools in my creative process, along with my paint products, brushes, pens and pencils. After purchasing each own the devices I have taken classes inshore on how to get the best from the technology, firstly through Apple’s ‘One to One’ training sessions and more recently through ‘Today At Apple’

After popping to the Apple Store at Meadowhall to show my book Ski A to Z I was asked to return to the store to share with the team how I used my iPhone, iPad, Apple Pencil, MacBook and Mac to create the work.

So on Sunday I took Ski A to Z, my iPad and delivered a bespoke presentation to the 24 team members.

It was great to be able to thank the team for their support with the purchase and set up of my devices and to show how the skills learned through the many hours of instore training sessions had been applied.

Plus it was awesome to see my work on a 65 inch screen!

The store manager said, “Thank you for coming to present to our store team on Sunday. They loved hearing about your passion and what has inspired you to create a brilliant piece of work.”

“The buzz and conversation it has generated with our team has been excellent. The questions that the team were asking as a result of your presentation were great to hear and you engaged brilliantly. Personally I really appreciated the time you spent with our new Creatives and Creative Pro’s, they learnt a lot about the power of our customer journey and what Today at Apple can do.”

Thanks again to all at The Apple Store for the support, enthusiasm and inspiring energy.

As it wasn’t possible to take pictures in the Apple Store staff area, Ive created this fun skiing apple illustration.

I was due to start managing the PR for Meadowhall the week after I blew my knee (in 2015). It was to be my Sheffield ‘dream job’ come true. More info about this fabulous shopping and entertainment centre is here https://www.meadowhall.co.uk

I advocate lifelong learning, for wellbeing and staying enthusiastic about life. Here are some of my favourite learning platforms.

Today at Apple

Skillshare

Make Art That Sells

and for motivation my favourite podcast is Creative Pep Talk. I highly recommend each of the above.

For more information and to order Ski A to Z click here.

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

Thanks so much for being here. If you already have a copy of Ski A to Z please take a minute to write a review where you bought it or on Google Books. it is lovely to hear people feedback on the work, and it helps more people to discover the book.

Best wishes

Kim x

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Gold Medal Winning Skiers In Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Gold medal winners Neil Simpson and Andrew Simpson (Banchory, Kincardineshire), receive MBEs for services to skiing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

On a recent trip to Scotland my parents were delighted to meet Neil and Andrew Simpson, gold medal winners in Super-G (Super Giant Slalom) at the Paralympics in 2022.

It was a lovely surprise when Mum sent me these photos. Mutual ski friends introduced my Mum and Dad to the Simpson brothers. Mum showed Neil and Andrew Ski A to Z, and they signed Mum’s copy of the book.

Congratulations Neil and Andrew on the gold medals in Beijing and receiving honours in such a special landmark year – you’re an inspiring team.

Here are Neil and Andrew’s profiles on GB Snowsport.

Scotland is part of the skiing foundation of Ski A to Z and skiing there helped make me a hardy skier. Our parents often took my brother and I to race in Scotland when we were young, both on snow at Glen Shee and Aviemore, and the awesome dry slope at Hillend, Edinburgh. I also trained in Austria with the Dolphin Ski Club. I hope to get up to Scotland to ski in Scotland this coming winter and to meet more skiers to share Ski A to Z with.

For more information about Ski A to Z and to order your copies follow this link.

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Yorkshire Life Feature

Yorkshire Life magazine feature. Aghast to see this double page spread in the April edition of the magazine.

The magazine is out now with questions and answers all about my life in Yorkshire. Thank you to my publisher Meyer and Meyer Sport for setting up this feature.

Thank you to Yorkshire Life magazine, great to be reminded of what was definitely our run of the season.

The article uses the picture Tim took with the frozen waterfall when we skied the Lagazuoi hidden valley in Italy in January.

To quote the Lagazuoi website,”The 8,5 km long Armentarola is without doubt the most famous slope in the Dolomites and one of the most beautiful ski runs in the world… an enchanting fairy-tale valley surrounded by craggy mountain faces and steep frozen waterfalls.“

In a charming end to the experience horse drawn sleighs await to pull skiers over the snow along the final, flatter stretch of the route.

Thanks to my husband Tim for all of his support while I’ve been working on Ski A to Z including his great photography.

The information about Ski A to Z, sample spread from the book, and testimonials, are here

What is your run of the season?

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Spring On The Slopes

Here’s a magazine article that I have written and illustrated, all about spring skiing. Illustrations are an eye-catching alternative to photography.

Magazine editors and art directors, get in touch for use of existing illustrations or for bespoke new artwork – email inspirebykim@outlook.com

Enjoy the article, read it for spring skiing tips.

Have a great time skiing, do share how you are getting along on skis in the comments. Please share this post with friends who will find this useful.

My book Ski A to Z is available in hard back and ebook. For more information about the book, and the links to buy, visit the Ski A to Z page.

If you’ve already bought Ski A to Z please write a review. I love to read them and it helps more people to find and benefit from the book.

You can review the book where you purchased it, or if it was a gift then review on Google Books.

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

Thank so much and happy spring skiing.

Kim x

Ski A to Z on spring snow in Orelle, last week.