Saturday, 27 July 2019

A change of direction . . . Artists residencies and Festival of Quilts.

 Nicki Heenan painting in my field overlooking Fodra and Ross bays.

 It has taken a while to settle into my new home and area. I have been very happy so far, but have been struggling to find a purpose for my being here. Whilst it is wonderful to live in an area of such outstanding beauty with incredible views, I have had a growing feeling that I need to share it. 
Having an Open Studio every few weeks and doing AirBnb helps . .  but!

 My house and studio.

 I met Nicki Heenan last year when she was doing a residency in the Burren. We had been friends on Facebook for a while, but it was so good to actually meet her. Nicki does a residency in Ballinglen, Mayo in Ireland every year as well as exhibiting regularly in Ireland, so I asked if she would like to stay with me for a few days on her way up the coast and throw some ideas around. We both managed to find dates that matched and she arrived this week.

 Nicki mixing her paints.

 I have always loved Nicki's style of painting and the atmospheres she manages to capture. Loop Head is very special place, full of mystery and an ancient energy. I'm sure it must have ley lines running all over it. I wanted to see what Nicki thought about the area and how it compared to other places she paints in Ireland. Nicki is a well known Plein Air painter - painting outdoors - in all weathers. Any artist wanting to paint outdoors in Ireland would need to love painting in every possible type of weather . . .

 Nicki getting stuck in as it started to rain.

 The view over Fodra and Ross bays.

The sun shone too . . .

Nicki in my studio. Her first painting drying on the floor. As Nicki paints in oils, work takes a while to dry.

 As I have various structures on my land as well as my studio, I have enough shelter for artists to work out doors. My studio and shed for neat -ish painters, and a much larger shed for anyone that wants to throw paint around. 
My home is big enough for artists to stay here or they could choose from various accommodation in the area.
So the idea formed - offer artist residencies throughout the year starting in 2020.
Looking further ahead, I can see a Plein Air Painting event happening all over Loop Head in 2021. It's all very exciting. We have the most remarkable scenery, both rural and marine. It will be wonderful to show it off and see how other artists interpret it.

Nicki will be back in August 2020 for a 7 day residency at Sonas Studio.


I have a small stand at The Festival of Quilts next week. The stand number is QIA29, next to my good friend Susan Chapman. It will be good to be back at the NEC in Birmingham. I am looking forward to catching up with lots of friends and ex students. I am also teaching an academy class on Wednesday. It's going to be full on . . 

I will have some signed and mounted prints of my new 'Harry' hares for sale.

Maybe see you there?


I adopted another rescue dog last month. She is a Lurcher/whippet/terrier cross. Or something like that. She is called Fizz, Poppy is still getting used to her. She is used to being the only dog . . . We will get there . .

I shall be posting on the blog more often now I know where I am going. 
It took time, but now everything is falling into place.

x x x

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Having fun with newspaper in Inverness with the C.A.T. group.

Gorgeous newspaper faux chenille

 It takes a lot to winkle me out of my life on the edge of the world. I thought long and hard about leaving for a few days to teach in Inverness, but thought it might be fun so I put Poppy into my wonderful dog minders and off I tootled.
I'm SO glad I did.

The C.A.T. group have been meeting for many years and because of this they are a fabulous group to work with. They are an absolute joy. Great fun but they also work hard.
 The group working away on the first morning painting up their Bondaweb.

The 2 day workshop we decided on was a combination of A New Starting Point and Newspaper Faux Chenille. They wanted to have some fun, not worry what anything looked like. This took the pressure off and the group enjoyed playing and going with the process.

 Starting lay up the 'backgrounds' and 'prettys'.

 A New Starting Point involves working with painted newspapers, old maps, books . . . The process is to make 'backgrounds' that then become 'prettys'.
Four layers of tearing and layering is a good start, but you can try more.
The full process is too long to put on here but is covered in my 4th book, Reclaimed Textiles.

Some of the beautiful layered prettys'.

Once the layered surfaces are ready for stitch the samples were ironed onto F220 iron interfacing. A soft interfacing that is strong enough to support the newspaper so it doesn't tear when you stitch it.

 Yes - there are sequins on this piece - and yes - they do look good!!
The beginnings of a stunning stitched piece.

Playing with stitch, you don't need heavy threads to see them.

On day 2 we got on with the newspaper faux chenille. As we were already working with newspaper and other papers, it seemed a good idea to include this

 How you layer your papers, and whether you paint them makes a big difference to the finished effect.

 Adding polyester organza in between your layers of paper can make a fabulously fluffy effect once the sample is distressed.

To finish off your samples they can be stuck to a canvas.

 Part of the very lovely C.A.T. group with some of their samples.

I would like to thank the group for such a brilliant couple of days and for looking after me so very well. I am looking forward to seeing you all at Festival of Quilts in August and back in Inverness next year. A very special thanks to Rosemary for being that extra special hostess. And to Innis for the entertaining banter!


If you like the idea of either or both of these workshops they are avialble online. This month there is a 10% discount. Here are the codes . . 

Newspaper Faux Chenille -

If you are intersted in any of the online workshops, or my teaching in Ireland have a look here.

If you would like to enrol on any course in May, do email me for the 10% discount code for the course/workshop you are intersted in.


While we are on the subject of the online workshops, The Journey is now live and we have our first Journey and one of the great isolated designs from it.
We have had several people sign up but most will start a bit later in the month. They wanted to make sure they go the discount. There is no rush as all the online courses are avialble to view until I stop trading as Kim Thttichai Online. And I don't intend to stop for a long time!!

 The first Journey on the new online course.

An isolated design from the Journey.

I am very excited about this new course, it will be wonderful to see what everyone gets up to. You can work on your on all my workshops, but it is good fun to share what you do and discuss it.

The Journey is not discounted as it is a brand new course.


I hate having my photo being taken. This was at the end of the last busy day of the workshop, I was very tired - but you can see I am very happy. I had a great time with this group. Plus I think moving to Ireland and getting a dog has done me the world of good. Life is simpler, you appreciate the little things much more. Being warm, having good friends around you, living in a stunning part of the world and breathing all the wonderful fresh air. 
Photos can be a good marker!!

A tired and very happy Kim.

x x x

Saturday, 27 April 2019

A new online workshop - Creating Original Designs which includes The Journey.

 A section across 3 Journey exercises.

It's been a while . . Life can sometimes come along and swoop you away!

The studio at home in Ireland is almost finished and will be ready to teach in when my courses start. 

 The back wall of the studio
Left hand side . . 

View from the door - as you can see, plenty of room for 
tables and chairs for teaching my workshops.

There has been a slight delay in opening the studio as we had a big storm here last night and I now have a hole in the roof!! That should be sorted this week.

I am very excited to have somewhere to create larger work. I have 2 local exhibitions coming up and would like to make something new and exciting.


A new online workshop. 

My design exercise The Journey has been the most popular workshop I have taught and it is now available online. I have been asked so often to offer it online for those of you who cant get to a workshop with me. It was part of a longer course that I am now breaking up into modules. I have been listening to you.
So - if you fancy taking a journey of inspiration with me - now is the time. All my online workshops will be available to view for as long as I am trading. The workshops are hosted on Ruzuku and can be viewed at any time. Ruzuku is a secure website that keep all the money transfer safe and protects my videos. 
Once you enrol you will create a password and you will be off and running.  

    The course includes 12 videos around 10 - 15 minutes long.

You can work by yourself - or upload images of your work and chat to other students on the course. Please note this is not a competition to see who paints best. It really doesn't matter what your work looks like - you will be taking sections of it.  This is covered on the videos. Don't worry about being able to 'paint' - I can't either, as you will see!

Welcome and Introduction
  • Welcome to the course
  • Materials list – Creating Original Designs
  • Materials list – From Design to Print
Creating Original Designs
  1. The Journey
  2. The Journey – from start to finish
  3. Design exercise – Expanding
  4. Design exercise – Flipping out
  5. Isolating designs
  6. Transferring designs
From Design to Print
  1. Making printing blocks
  2. Printing your designs
  3. Over printing – using your second block
  4. Roller printing and using a dye colour wash
  5. Extension activities – using your baby wipes and your string blocks and prints . . .
  6. Using print in your work
This is the link you need to enrol. 

Here are a few images of The Journey.

On Jersey at The Harbour Gallery.
What is everyone taking photos of?

Their Journeys all lined up . . 

I think this was in Wooler in the UK?

Don't these look fab . . ?

I think this was Wooler too, they all worked so hard.

This was in India.

The designs for these printing blocks were made in Australia a few years ago.

 . . and these.
Once you have made your printing blocks from your designs, you will enjoy printing on any kind of fabric and paper. Old books are a favourite.


Then the printed papers can be used to create more surfaces to print onto.

The orange design was created by doing the Journey exercise.

The possibilities are endless when you create your own designs. Is it time you created something different?
Here is the link -
I also have a new look website while I am giving you links.
 x x x

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The Journey Design exercise in Jaipur - The Jaipur Journey with Colouricious Holidays 8th - 18th January 2019

 A section of one of the Journeys half way through.

 Right - now where was I??? The Journey in Jaipur . . .

It might seem rather a long way to travel to do a design exercise, But I am sure you can imagine the incredible inspiration that we were surrounded by, before we even left the hotel! Your head just spins with all the shapes,lines and forms.

 A beautiful lock on a door at the Amer Fort Palace.

 Part of a fence in the paper factory we visited.

One of the many stunning domed buildings in the Maharani's Garden in Jaipur.

If you look back trough the last 2 posts you will some of the inspiration for these Journey exercises. 
We painted the first part of the Journeys in a local workshop that had plenty of space for the long pieces of paper we needed. It was cool and not too bright in the workshop, great for relaxing and concentrating on the designs.

 The group getting on with creating their Journeys.

 Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I have been teaching this design exercise for 20 or so years now. What started as something I developed to help students to create original designs when I first taught my course Experimental Textiles. I have now taught it in Australia, New Zealand the UK and Jersey. To hundreds of students. And now I have taught it in India. You just never know where your teaching will take you.

I teach the exercise exactly the same way every time I teach it, and every student creates something different. It never ceases to fascinate me.

 Wonderful work.

We got as far as we could in the 2 hours and the Journeys were hung side by side, This is always an exciting moment.

 The journeys hanging side by side . .

 And then the photo cropped down.
This exercise need to be in black and white.
If you introduce colour, you would be distracted from the design.

 I have probably taught hundreds of groups of students, and of course, they are all special. But once in a while you work with a particularly splendid group of individuals. This was such a group. They supported and helped each other along the way.  There were no prima donna's!!! The group got on so very well. This of course made my job as the tour leader much easier.

 This is my gorgeous group.
Back row -Wendy, Angie, Sara, Kath, Lesley, Karen, Maggie, Jan.
Front row - Sabine, Dian, Jenny, June, Angela and Helen.
Joyce and Sheila were missing action, but they caught up the next day.

Here are a few sections I took of the Journeys when they were hanging up.

 Great lines and shapes.

 We finished off the Journeys in the hotel garden the next day. There was time to add some more delicate (fiddly) lines to fill in a few spaces.

 As you can imagine it was delightful working in the garden with all the delights of the hotel grounds to enjoy.

 There are some very fine chandeliers in the dining room of the hotel

 The desserts were a feast for the eyes . .
Such wonderful repeat shapes. 

One of the small lounges in the hotel.

I will post more on how the group developed their designs and introduced colour next week. 
The holiday was through Colouricious Holidays and the hotel was the Alsisar Haveli.


A reminder for those of you closer to Ireland, booking for my classes at The Quilters Guild Annual Conference in Maynooth, County Kildare, closes tomorrow, the 28th. 

There are still a couple of places on All that Glitters, my newspaper based book cover and Look, Draw, Print, Stitch.  Have a look here if you are interested. It's going to be a great weekend. Conference classes