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 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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Ski Resort Marketing

If you’re looking for snowsports themed visuals for your marketing materials check out my project portfolio or email inspirebykim@outlook.com.

I have heaps of snowsports themed art available for licensing. Alternatively I can create bespoke art for your brief.

Snowsports visuals applied to marketing and customer materials for a fictional ski resort, Snow Dreams. Mock up of a magazine advertisement, neckwarmer example of merchandise, ski lift decals, map and lift pass. All using my ‘Ski Goggle Reflections’ design.

I have a background in PR so I bring this experience to my client work.

Thanks for popping by, email inspirebykim@outlook.com to connect.

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Blue Print Online – Buyers Book Now

“While it has been impossible to hold the actual show in New York, Blue Print created an online event to keep Art Directors and Buyers in touch with Artists, Illustrators and Studios. Each exhibitor has created an online booth for the event, enabling meetings with Art Directors and Buyers using Doodle and Zoom.” Paul of Blue Print Online.

Blue Print Online is almost here. I’m excited to be exhibiting my work at this online show for art buyers. I’ve been busy working on new designs, my exhibitor page, social media flyers and my show presentation. Exhibiting at the show means that my designs can be considered for interior decor, stationery, wallpaper, giftwrap and products.

Here’s a message from the show organisers:

While it has been impossible to hold the actual show in New York, Blue Print created an online event to keep Art Directors and Buyers in touch with Artists, Illustrators and Studios. Each exhibitor has created an online booth for the event, enabling meetings with Art Directors and Buyers using Doodle and Zoom.

The web address is www.blue-print-online.com. From the Home Page you can find all the information you need to access The Show. We have added some Product images to this show, these can be seen on the exhibitors pages, along with their artwork.

To receive the password to access The Show and view the exhibitors and their exciting new artwork, you will need to register in the Buyer Register section. Once you receive your password you can access The Show from August 9th 2022 and book your Zoom meetings with the studio or artists of your choice. The actual show dates are August 16th -18th 2022.

As usual there is a mix of established designer, artists, illustrators and exciting new talent at this latest event, you can see their flyers updated daily at https://www.instagram.com/blueprintshows/

We are looking forward to seeing you at Blue Print Online ! 

Best Regards / Paul / Blue Print Shows 

www.blue-print-online.com

instagram : https://www.instagram.com/blueprintshows/

Kim here once more, I’m excited for the show. Art buyers – I look forward to meeting. Please book your meeting through my exhibitor page – the window for booking appointments is 9th to 12th August, for the show which is 16th – 18th August. Blue Print Online

I’m thrilled to be able to share my designs and brand new work. I can’t wait to meet with you.

Look for this collage to see my Exhibitor Page.

Look for this collage to see my Exhibitor Page.

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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 

ENDS

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.

Order Ski A to Z at the links here.

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Lancashire Telegraph Book Signing Story

It was wonderful to see this article in Lancashire Telegraph about the Ski A to Z book signing event at Rossendale.

Media coverage helps to spread the news about the book and help the message to reach the people who will benefit from the book.

Here’s the story online.

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/20067042.skier-author-returns-rossendale-ski-slope-book-signing/

Thanks to Ski Rossendale and Lancashire Telegraph for this. The event as a great success. it was wonderful to meet such lovely people and see their enthusiasm for skiing. I hope their books will be a great help to their enjoyment of the sport.

Information and links to buy Ski A to Z are here.

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New Book Is A Gift For Families And The Ski Curious

New book Ski A to Z is a ‘gem’ of a resource for skiers, the ski curious, and those helping youngsters to access the sport. 

With many skiers unable to ski in the mountains for the past two winters there’s a buzz around skiing this season. Interest in winter sports is also currently being fuelled by the excitement and exhilaration of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Ski A to Z book on snow

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing which aims to demystify the sport with information, advice, illustrations and helpful tips; an ideal way to refresh knowledge of all aspects of skiing. The book is intended to answer the questions new skiers may have and to help prepare them for mountain experiences, whilst demonstrating the fun to be had on the slopes. 

Author/ Illustrator Kimberley Kay with Ski A to Z

“Like an all-knowing ski friend”, is how the debut author and illustrator of Ski A to Z, Kimberley Kay, describes the book. The book is available to buy now and is being published by Europe’s leading sports publisher, Meyer & Meyer Sport.

Family in a ski gondola. Illustration from Ski A to Z - copyright Kim
Ski Gondola

Kimberley Kay said, “Easter falling later this year means many families who ski will be using the school holidays to travel the slopes, potentially skiing for the first time in two years. Ski A to Z is a great resource for all to get back up to speed, or for those skiing for the first time the book gives access to the information to support them as they venture into the sport, and opens the door to experiencing the wonder of skiing.”

Family skiing illustration from Ski A to Z/ Copyright Kim

Kimberley continues, “School ski trips are back up and running and so Ski A to Z can give parents and youngsters valuable insight and information to help them to prepare for their trip. Knowing what to expect will help to boost confidence and enjoyment of skiing.”

Instruction illustration for Ski A to Z by Kimberley Kay. Copyright Kimberley Kay

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.”

Freestyle skier and quote from pat Sharples Team GB Snowsports Head Coach

Presently in Beijing for the Winter Olympics, Pat Sharples, Head Coach, Team GB Snowsport, and father of two children, said, “This is an absolute gem and one of the best ski books I’ve seen. It’s perfect for families who are planning on going away on their first ski trip, as well as regular skiers, and it really is what it says it is – the A-Z of skiing. The work that has gone into this book, not just the incredible art, but the perfectly explained details of skiing is quite amazing. You will not be disappointed.”

Skiers about to disembark the chairlift, hopefully uneventfully!

The accompanying illustrations are intended to resonate with avid skiers as well as new, demonstrating the exhilaration and joy of skiing. In full colour and hardback format, Ski A to Z is available to buy now. 

Ski baby illustration for Ski A to Z

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.”

Double page spread from Ski A to Z - fall line and family skiing.
Spread from Ski A to Z Book

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. 

Meyer and Meyer Sport logo

“I’m delighted that Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) is 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 buy now through any good book store or online retailer. Further information can be found here and on the Meyer & Meyer website

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Ski A to Z Book cover open, with endorsement from extreme skier Dan Egan.