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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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

Snowsports T-Shirts – Free UK Postage This Bank Holiday Weekend

FREE UK postage this bank holiday weekend on snowsports t-shirts with Fall-Line Magazine including my ‘Get The Right Kit’ design.

It made my day to see the t-shirts that I designed for Fall-Line magazine being modelled. The design features all the things you need for skiing or snowboarding.

Available in a range of colour options, men’s cut and women’s cut, they look great, wash well and are 100% organic cotton and printed in the UK in a renewable-energy powered factory.

A great gift and keeps the snowsports feelgood factor with you until next season!

To see all the options go to https://falllineskiing.teemill.com

Wearing my t-shirt in Corvara, Italy this season.
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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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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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Book Signing/ Meet The Author Event At Ski Rossendale

It was wonderful to take ‘Ski A to Z‘ to where my ski story began at Ski Rossendale, in Lancashire for a book signing event on Saturday.

Kimberley Kay with Dave Fuller, manager of Ski Rossendale.
Kimberley Kay with Dave Fuller, manager of Ski Rossendale

At a book signing event on Saturday it was great to meet skiers and youngsters starting their own ski journeys. Thank you to everyone who came along to the book signing and to all the team at Ski Rossendale.

I hope everyone enjoys the books, and the bookmarks and ‘colour in’ check ‘lists’ created for the event. Thanks to Killaprint for printing them.

This is the press release that was issued about the book signing…

Ski Book Author/ Illustrator Brings Ski Book Home for Signing 

The author and illustrator of new ski book Ski A to Z will be returning to her ski roots to sign books at Ski Rossendale.

Kimberley Kay, debut author and illustrator of Ski A to Z will be signing books at Ski Rossendale, the artificial ski slope where her skiing career began, on Saturday 9th April between 9 am and 12 noon. 

Kimberley spent much of her childhood and teenage years skiing and working at Ski Rossendale. Ski Rossendale is now part of the The Hill outdoor entertainment venue.

Kimberley said, “I’m excited to be going back to my ski roots to sign books where it all started. Having skied, raced and worked at Ski Rossendale it will be great to be there with the book to chat about skiing. It is a chance for people to buy a signed copy of Ski A to Z, or to bring their copy of the book along for signing.” 

Kimberley Kay as a youngster at racing at Ski Rossendale
Kimberley Kay as a youngster at racing at Ski Rossendale

New book Ski A to Z is a 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.

Dave Fuller, manager of Ski Rossendale, said, “Many new people are introduced to skiing through artificial ski slopes such as Ski Rossendale. Kim’s book Ski A to Z complements the instruction we offer at Ski Rossendale, through group and private lessons, so we are delighted that Kim has created this book that can help people with the information they need to get into the sport. The book’s story started here and is now helping skiers across the globe.”

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. The accompanying illustrations are intended to resonate with avid skiers as well as new, demonstrating the exhilaration and joy of skiing.

Kimberley Kay said, “Ski A to Z is helping to 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. 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 new skiers access to the information they need to venture into the sport and opens the door to experiencing the wonder of skiing.”

Kimberley Kay with Ski A to Z in Val Thorens March 2022.
Kimberley Kay with Ski A to Z in Val Thorens March 2022

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, which included running the press offices for Going Places and TUI UK.

In full colour hardback format and ebook, Ski A to Z is available to buy now on all online book retailers and through bookshops. More information about the book can be found at www.skiatoz.com

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

ISBN: 9781782552338

For further information about Ski A to Z click here

The website for Ski Rossendale is here.

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Brave Ski Mom Review of Ski A to Z

“While the title immediately made me think this would be a kids’ book, it is not. Instead, author and illustrator Kay has created a surprisingly comprehensive guide to the basics of skiing in just 80 pages. Full of defintitions, pro-tips, and the basics all beginners need to know, it’s a reference volume for any family discovering the joy of snowsports.” Brave Ski Mom

Thank you Brave Ski Mom. See the review here.

Have you read Ski A to Z. Please share your review where you purchased the book or on Google Books. Reviews help more people to find the book and benefit from its info and tips.

Ski A to Z info is here.

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

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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.

Uplifting New Ski Art

My latest ski art pieces are here!

The first is a ski-themed band taking centre focus in the après-ski by performing in a cable car suspended above a crowd who are dancing on the snow.

The characters and mountains are painted in watercolours. The setting has been created from scratch digitally in Procreate app.

The ski band is available as a limited edition art print in my shop.

The following illustration recollects a challenging ski run, whilst teaching children to ski in Austria. Due to circumstances outside of my control I had three children under four years of age that I needed to get safely from the top to the bottom of a run. A slow, thigh burner of a descent, with the combined weight, but it worked.

The next piece is an ‘uplifting’ illustration of a ski gondola lifting passengers to the top of the mountain. Painted in watercolours, with a fresh colour palette, finished digitally with my iPad and pencil.

As a challenge I decided to give some animals the chance to enjoy some winter sports. I designed this festive greeting and rendered it in coloured pencils and made the final touches digitally. Including adding snowflakes with the brushes that I created in the Procreate app.

As a Valentine greeting I created this illustration in coloured pencils.

These pieces follow on from my illustrations for the Ski A to Z book – which contains over 100 of my ski illustrations. For more information and/ or to buy the Ski A to Z book click here.

Ski A to Z – illustrated introduction to skiing. Published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK)

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Kim x