Monday, 26 May 2014

Six new videos and a wonderful party!

Baby wipe applique.

I have had a busy and fun week. I made nine new videos with Jamie Malden of Colouricious on Thursday. We combined products from
and the printing blocks from

The new videos can be accessed on the left of the blog. They use polyester organza, Decovil 1, Decovil 1 light, S133, transfer foils and baby wipes! 
It is always great fun making videos with Jamie - she relaxes you and we get a lot done.

 Decovil 1 clutch bag decorated with transfer foil and a fossil printing block.

 Decovil 1 decorated with torn newspaper strips, printed with small printing blocks and then defined with machine stitch.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating the projects, particularly the printed polyester applique.

 Printed polyester ironed onto Bondaweb and cut out with a soldering iron.

 Decovil 1 light colour washed with a very dilute solution of acrylic paint and then decorated with torn newspaper. This was then printed and the design high lighted with machine stitch.

I was very pleased to be able to show you how I make my jewellery from S133. I get many emails asking me to explain. Now you can see.

 S133 colour washed with a dilute solution of acrylic paint. 
Decorated with newspaper strips, print and free machine embroidery.

 I also enjoyed printing onto transfer foiled Bondaweb. It gives a fabulous effect.

 Easy peasy . . .  and washable.

 We didn't get to film all the projects I had made. This little die cut heart shaped box cut from S133 was a favourite of mine. I printed newspaper with a leaf block. Then tore the newspaper up and ironed it on to the sticky side of the S133. I then printed over the newspaper with the same leaf block and stitched around the print with machine stitch.

 The other side of the box with a different leaf print.

 So - there are three more videos to come - I will let you know when they are up.


It is twenty five years since Viv started Art Van Go and Kevin joined her very soon after. This fabulous business has supplied and helped us out for many years with kindness, patience and good humour. Even when you need a an urgent next day delivery because you have forgotten something crucial for a workshop.

Tucking into the wonderful food.

The business has grown from one van to several along with a shop bursting with wonderful supplies and a gallery and teaching studio. Everyone that works there is helpful and friendly. 
I am of course biased, over the years Viv and Kevin have become very close friends of mine. Helping out in times both good and  . . maybe not so! I teach there several times a year and of course we all see each other at the shows.

It was fantastic to see how well they are loved by all that they work with and their friends. The weather was warm and sunny - big relief. There was a BBQ ably run by Kevin's brother Gary and his wife Tracey was the hostess with the mostest. Kevin's Mum and Dad arrived early to help and stayed for the party. It was great to see them again. The garden looked beautiful - it has come a long way from the over grown plot that it was.

It was a lovely afternoon and good to see Viv and Kevin so relaxed and happy - they work SO hard.

 Viv with her great friend Gill.

 It was good to see Susan Chapman - we don't get much chance to meet up so it was great to have time for a chat and do diaries.
 The wonderful Gill and Paul, great friends of Viv and Kevin (and Jill) who also provided all the gorgeous salads.

The happy couple - I hope they aren't too tired today.


Are you all having a good Bank Holiday? It's pouring with rain in Brighton.
I hope you are having fun wherever you are.

Hello team - you know who you are. 

x x x x

Friday, 23 May 2014

Updates on Kim's workshops 2014

  A collage created from a section of 'The Journey' by Helen Fallowfield. 
 Helen finished the four year version of Experimental Textilesten years       ago  - and still refers to her design sources from the course as inspiration for current work. I am teaching this design workshop at Art Van Go June 1th and 11th - see below.

Hello everyone - Happy Friday!
I am not teaching many workshops this year as I am doing so many shows. Many of you are not used to going onto my diary either on this blog or my website to see where and when I am teaching, so this post may help. I am teaching at a new venue in Brighton, the first weekend is in July - there may be more to follow if we can sort out dates. 

Have a read and see if there is anything you fancy - there are at least two places left on all the courses at the time of writing this post. I hope to see some of you soon. Any questions? - email me -

Here are some images from last years Creating Original Designs course at Art Van Go - we did have a good time. Working to music and eating chocolates - it's a tough life!!! WE are always so well looked after at Art Van Go.

 Painting the 'Journeys' 

Playing with shape and composition.

 A rather splendid positive and negative print from when I taught the same course at Art Van Go last year.

I am only teaching this workshop once this year - and it's at Art Van Go, one of my favourite places to teach - so those of you who have been asking about it need to take note!
It is all very simple and you get some amazing results - all totally original.

Creating Original Designs
June 10th and 11th
2 day workshop 
Take a journey, imaginary or otherwise and learn how to create your own designs and printing blocks. You will leave with several designs and printing blocks ready to start on your next masterpiece.
ART VAN GO, The Studios
1 Stevenage Road, Knebworth
Hertfordshire SG3 6AN


A New Starting Point
July 5th -  6th
2 day workshop
Discovering and developing the redemptive qualities of old newspapers. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb and gilding flake we will explore the possibilities of layering textures to end up with firm pieces of work that can be used to make boxes and vessels and demonstrate the striking contrasts of the media. Rich/poor and matt/shiny.
Bridge Community Centre,
Lucraft Road,
Brighton BN2 4PN


Reclaimed Textiles –
Paper, Print and Free Machine Embroidery
July 17th – 20th3 day workshop
Create reclaimed textiles from an exciting combination of paper and free machine stitch.
 Discover the redemptive qualities of old newspapers and books by layering painted Bondaweb, newspaper and all things sparkly!

West Dean College
Chichester ,West Sussex, PO18 0QZ


Transforming Transfer
September 2nd – 4th

3 day workshop
Discover the joys of layering techniques.
We will be working mostly with synthetic fabrics and transfer paints (disperse dyes). Learn how to use disperse dyes/transfer paints to create beautiful effects then use heat tools to distress and work into your fabrics. This course would be suitable for anyone wishing to develop layered, stitched surfaces.

ART VAN GO, The Studios
1 Stevenage Road, Knebworth
Hertfordshire SG3 6AN 


Reclaimed Papers
November  11th - 12th

2 day workshop

Using old books, newspapers and magazines - students will create beautiful layered surfaces by combining painted Bondaweb with gilding flake, glitter and all manner of sparkle.

ART VAN GO, The Studios
1 Stevenage Road, Knebworth
Hertfordshire SG3 6AN

Experimental Textiles - We are about to close enrolments for this course as we start at the end of June in Redditch.
The nine weekends cover all the basic skills and techniques you need to work confidently and independently. Have a look at the website and look at the course outline my video -

I love teaching this course - we have great fun and work hard (and quite often eat cake) producing original and exciting work. If you are interested and wish to ask questions, just email me -

Students have plenty of room to work and develop ideas.

Four of the girls getting down to printing with blocks they have made themselves from designs created on the first weekend.

The end of year show at the NEC Birmingham.

If you are on Facebook - have a look at what we been achieving on the course

Whether you are looking for a short course or something longer - hopefully I can offer you what you are looking for.


Have a great weekend 

x x x

Hello D, J, T and R.S 


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The 25th Wanaka Autumn Art School - April 28 - May 2, Part the third.

 As darkness falls over Lake Wanaka.

 Apologies for being so woefully behind with this blog, I am still catching up.
This is the final post about the The Wanaka Autumn Art School
 With the weather changing and getting colder almost every day there were some fabulous skies over Wanaka - this is a picture of the sky as we were leaving class during the week - just beautiful.

It got quite cold while I was in Wanaka. I could have done with some gloves and had to buy a fleece. I hadn't realised it would be quite so chilly.

The five days that I had with my group were just a joy - they worked so hard, but also had fun. They also shared a lot of materials which always helps.

I have already shown you the main work from the course, but as is usual on longer workshops, there is a chance to develop ideas . . . .

Collages of painted Bondaweb, large leaves and the odd printing block mounted onto old book pages.

These little boxes are made from Decovil 1 light that has been colour washed, foiled and decorated with hand stitch and all manner of embellishments.

I was delighted with this box. It was cut from S133 - the heaviest iron-on interfacing. The box has been colour washed and then the outside was decorated with painted Bondaweb.The sides are laced. The inside and the lid are decorated with torn, painted papers that have been layered with painted Bondaweb and gilding flake.

The layered papers were then hand stitched with herringbone.

The S133 was very popular with the group. It is fabulous for vessels - here are few experiments.

S133 colour washed and decorated on the inside with large skeleton leaves. The outside is decorated with leaf shapes cut from silver organza. 
Simple and beautiful.

Another small vessel - this time the adhesive side was decorated with torn papers and foil. It was then laced to form the seam.

These two vessels were fun. This student hadn't worked in textiles before so she had a very steep learning curve - and coped very well.

The outside and inside of the vessel were decorated with layered torn papers.

You may remember the stunning round faux chenille boxes with lids from the first post about Wanaka. They were made by the very talented Gabby who also had fun playing about and making this little box.


I only mentioned, in passing, that the interfacings we were working with could be cut with a die cutting machine, and Lo and Behold - Barbara brought hers in the next day. The group had great fun cutting jewellery blanks.

The food at the Art School was wonderful, supplied by a local outside catering company - it was absolutely delicious. On our last they provided a scrumptious dinner - finished off the most delicious cheeseCAKE!!!

Aren't these repeat shapes just fabulous?

This is my lovely group of girls - we did have SUCH a great time together - if you look hard enough you can see a strange lady with blue hair . . . .

As you have probably have noticed if you have read the last months posts - I had the most incredible time in New Zealand. I was very well looked after at all times and the people were wonderful. As for the scenery - it takes some beating. I haven't travelled to the North Island yet, that will be in January.

If any of you girls are reading this - thank you - I will never forget this trip.


So - I did the Malvern Quilt Show from Thursday to Sunday - what a great show it was, very lively, beautiful quilts and rather lovely visitors. Laura and I had a fabulous time showing everyone the joys of Vilene products. Our next show will The Festival of Quilts.

My workshops site had been updated - I'm not doing so many workshops this year as I have a lot of shows - so if you fancy a workshop, don't leave it too long to book. Kims Workshops

My first workshop is also one of my favourites - Creating Original Designs, and I am also teaching it at one of my favourite places Art Van Go. It is my design workshop where you create your own printing blocks. There are a couple of places left and this is the only time I am teaching this workshop this year.

I am filming with Jamie Malden of Colouricious on Thursday - a whole new batch of films for you to watch on Youtube. I will let you know when they are released onto the unsuspecting public.


Hello Jill - 68 sleeps to go - have you had your materials list yet?
Hello Diana - I WILL ring you next week.
Hello Tod - I will also ring you next week - glad you almost like the hair!
and .  . RS - 6 sleeps to go. x


Have fun!

Friday, 9 May 2014

The 25th Wanaka Autumn Art School - April 28 - May 2, Part the second.

A gorgeous sample that has plenty of foil and gilding flake - scrummy.

Well I'm home . . . and just about awake. I feel as though I have been away for 3 years, it was a fantastic break, but now there is a lot to catch up on. has been busy while I was away with sales of the new KK glue going well. 

Some of the colour washed papers drying on the floor.

So . . . . . 
Back to Wanaka. I had the most fantastic week with this group, they worked really hard and played very nicely together, sharing materials and tools. This always helps a group to 'gel' faster. 

 As the group produced so much brilliant work I have had to split what they got up to into 3 posts.
This post is about the tearing and layering of paper with painted Bondaweb. We were using old books as well as newspaper. There was a bit of resistance to tearing up books by a couple of students - but once they saw we were using old books and atlases that were falling apart, they felt a lot better about it and went hurtling off to the local recycling centre and came back with armfuls of 'treasure'.

Some of the colourwashed book pages.

We started with small samples of around 5" square. I introduced the group to my 'backgrounds and prettys' technique. It is basically tearing and layering several times to build up gorgeous layered surfaces. By using transfer foils, gilding flake and mica flake as they layered, the students created some fabulous pieces.

Starting to work on the small samples.

Here are some of the layered samples . . .

We even had time to get on with some stitch - 

Machine stitch . . .


  . . . and hand stitch . .



And even some French knots to decorate some of the distressed newspaper ironed onto colour washed iron interfacing. In this case, Decovil 1.

Very sensitively stitched . . . .

And even some couching . . .

I hope you will agree the group did very well.

I was very well looked after on this workshop and it was good to work with tutors of other disciplines, from fly fishing and photography to printmaking, textiles and all manner of art skills. There was a fabulous atmosphere, if any of you live in New Zealand and fancy attending this Autumn Art School, I highly recommend it. This is the link from this year.
 You can see just how much was on offer. I made two very good friends during this week and we are all planning how I can get back to New Zealand more often. I do so love it there.


  I will be stewarding at The Pink Bird House on Southdown Avenue 11am - 6pm tomorrow and Sunday. It's number 28 on the Independent Art Trail. My jewellery is on sale in this very exciting and oh so colourful house. If you are in Brighton, do come and say hello.

After that I will be preparing for the Malvern Quilt Show next week where I will be reunited with the lovely Laura Strutt who will be womaning the Vilene stand with me.

I will post the last part of this workshop before I leave for Malvern.

Have a great weekend.

x x x

Hello ladies - you know who you are!!