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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Bookshop Dream Come True

It was awesome to see my book Ski A to Z on the bookshop shelf in Waterstones. I signed the copy while I was there.

Seeing my book on a bookshop shelf and book signing in Waterstones is one of my dreams coming true.

Ski A to Z at Waterstones Chichester

My Mum was delighted that my book was displayed on the shelf above Roger Federer and John McEnroe’s books.

The trip was to visit family we’ve not seen since before Covid.

The Waterstones team member thanked me for signing the book and placed a ‘signed by the author’ sticker on the book cover.

This experience was made extra special as my young goddaughter was with me to see the book on the shelves. We had a nice time later looking at my copy of the book together.

This was thanks to my wonderful Uncle Richard who had ordered his copy from there which prompted the book to be stocked.

To order a signed first edition of Ski A to Z email inspirebykim@outlook.com and for more information about the book and how it can help you and your ski buddies click here.

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing suitable for all ages. Level up your ski experiences, reduce fear and maximise your enjoyment of time on the slopes. Order here.

It is these human experiences that are lovely bonuses of creating the book. I wanted to document this so I am sharing it here. Thank-you Waterstones.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd. ISBN: 9781782552338 

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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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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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Manchester Book Signing

It was great to meet so many lovely people and sign Ski A to Z books at Chill Factore in Manchester on Monday.

The ski race event was the British Schools Indoor Open Championships organised by National Schools Snowsports Association supported by Snowsport England.

I was at the event to sign books and to raise awareness of Ski A to Z as an ideal resource for school ski trips. The book is informative and engaging on skiing, a great help to teachers, parents and pupils who are embarking on, or wanting to develop, their skiing.

It was fun to chat about skiing, and the feedback about my work was both heartwarming and inspiring.

Lovely to see some good ski friends not seen for years including Danny; we used to race together at Ski Rossendale and Rossendale Ski Club.

I used some of my ski fabric on my table and also customised my shirt sleeves. To see and buy my fabric designs click here.

If you are based in the UK and would like a signed first edition of Ski A to Z please email inspirebykim@outlook.com

Or to buy a book or ebook online visit the Ski A to Z page.

Th ski racing was exhilarating and the enthusiasm of the youngsters skiers was inspiring. The energy was high and I’m sure the youngsters were pleased to be skiing on a school day.

Some of the children arrived in their school uniforms carrying ski boots and ski helmets.

Here is one of the school ski trip themed illustrations I have been working on lately for an upcoming magazine article.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer and Meyer Sport (UK) for more information and to order your copy click here.

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Franz Klammer with Ski A to Z!

A dream came true today! The legendary Franz Klammer now has a copy of Ski A to Z.

Thanks to Arnie Wilson for this picture and for introducing Franz to my book! This was Franz and Arnie at the Visit Austria golf day today.

Franz inspired me as the iconic ski racer as we were growing up. Having met Franz on a few occasions and been coached by him as a youngster, I’ve been keen for Franz to see my book.

I bumped into Franz at the Hannenkahm race whilst I was working in Austria teaching children to ski.

I can’t wait to see the film of Franz’s story Chasing The Line, which premiered in the UK last night.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK). For more information and and links to buy click 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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Father’s Day – SKI GIFT IDEAS

Thanks to Dad!

With Father’s Day coming up here are some snowsport themed gift suggestions to show your appreciation for your ski loving dad, stepdad, uncle and grandpa.

Return the favour of the help with skiing from ‘dad’ whether it be for sorting out ski kit, ski teaching, carrying, driving, guiding, picking up the children and/or helping navigate.

Ski Prints – Order ‘pappy’ ski themed art prints to remind him of great times on the slopes. A range of great quality prints are available on a print on demand basis in the UK, see the all the art prints options at Inspire by Kim shop.

New book Ski A to Z will help the father figure in your life to maximise his enjoyment of skiing with tips and info that will be new, even to him!

Ski A to Z is a fun illustrated introduction to skiing suitable for all ages.

For more information and links to order click here.

Signed Ski A to Z – If you’re in the UK then for a limited time you can order a signed copy of Ski A to Z with a bespoke message to your dad. Email inspirebykim@outlook.com to order. Don’t delay, to have the book in time for Father’s Day.

Here’s a picture with legendary ski coach John Shedden at a recent book signing. I was fortunate to be coached by John as a youngster skiing at Ski Rossendale.

Ski Fabrics – If you are crafty or keen to sew you could make a bespoke gift for your ‘pop’. Choose from 18 bright, cheery ski themed designs printed on a fabric of your choice.

Gift ideas of what your could make are: pyjamas, a fleecy neckwarmer, a Hawaiian style shirt, a stretchy goggle protector cover, a cushion for his favourite chair, a bow or necktie. The possibilities are endless. See all the designs and order at my Spoonflower shop here.

‘White Haze’ – For a great summer read get a copy of Dan Egan and Eric Wilbur’s book 30 Years In A White Haze. A rollercoaster story of Dan’s life in the context of an exciting time in the evolution of skiing.

I created 22 illustrations for the book. You can order it here.

Ski-shirts – If your ‘pa’ already has a copy of Ski A to Z then my final ski gift idea is the t-shirt I designed for Fall-Line magazine. 100% organic cotton and great quality, available in colours including blue, red, white, black its a great gift. You can order here.

Thanks Dad! This feels like a fitting time to give a shout out to my Dad for all his help with skiing over the past 40+ years. Help which made our skiing and this work possible.

Here’s a pic a took when we skied in Val Thorens in March 2022.

Have a great time celebrating your ski ‘dad’. Happy skiing!

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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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