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Happy New Year. It’s been a busy start but I find being out teaching has a positive effect on the time I have at home to create my own work – better time management when there’s less of it to ‘waste’!

Early in 2019 we took a trip to SE Asia – Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. 3 years later and I am still sketch-booking away through all the visual reference I collected.

I have printed, sewn, drawn and painted a lot of work and now I’m pinning it all up to live with and waiting for another wave of inspiration to guide me as to what to make of it all next.

do what you love

Staying inspired can come in many guises. Today I’m enjoying the tea towel that was a Christmas gift, which has been ironed and hung up in my studio to be used as a portable blind.

yolo brick road

This cute note got put up secretly one night by my daughter. We can still learn a lot from the enthusiasm of the young. It’s sitting by my computer to remind me.

What’s inspiring you today?

Garden of Love by Kim Parker             All images reproduced with permission.

We are enjoying another unusually sunny day here in the UK with hot temperatures and everyone in a good mood. Imagine how happy we’d all be if we lived in sunny climes 12/7!

Beach Garden by Kim Parker

And that has put me in the mood to share this lady’s wonderful work with you.

Wild Roses by Kim Parker

Kim Parker is an artist and textile designer with the most wonderful sense of colour I’ve every seen.

Kim Parker

As a child she grew up painting but at first pursued a career as flutist. After a while she allowed her preference for the freedom of paint to free her from the perfectionism required of a professional musician.

Rose Trellis by Kim Parker

She worked in some design agencies through the simple tenacity of applying and then proving herself.

Three Sunflowers by Kim Parker

She eventually set up her own label and design studio. I know she’s very well-known in America but I don’t think so much so in the UK, although having read her book I spotted a plate that I had bought in TK Max not realising its origin.

Kim Parker Interior

I love her spontaneity, the colours she places together and the tones she combines all in one piece.

Kim Parker Interior

Her work is like grabbing a huge bunch of mixed, beautiful flowers or walking through a bountiful garden on a sunny day. A day like today.

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