Charity Design Work for Footprints Orphanage Kenya

September 6th, 2013
Footprints Calendar 2014

Footprints Calendar 2014

This week I have been designing their 2014 calendar and will be available to buy soon!

They ‘re a lovely bunch of Children and looking at all the photos of them all , you can definitely see how much they have developed grown and are a lot happier now living at ‘Footprints’ !

Please visit their website: http://www.footprintsorphanage.com/index.php

and ‘like’ and ‘share’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/footprintsorphanage?fref=ts

 

Footprints Calendar February 2014
Footprints Calendar September 2014

Footprints Calendar September 2014

Stock at Derby Royal Hospital Shop

August 30th, 2013
Ashbourne

Ashbourne

Blimey where has August gone?

It’s been a really busy month for me, designing, sketching, selling and colouring! :) )

I continue to Volunteer with the All being well Art Group on a Thursday Afternoon. We took the group to Ashbourne to have a look in a couple of galleries, charity shops and a pit stop at ‘Costa’ of course!  Yesterday we went to a ‘Time to Change’ Application day and have  lots of  exciting new ideas for our latest application.

My prints and cards are available to buy at the ‘Evolve’ shop at the Royal Derby Hospital and I have covered the shop for a couple of days, which I have really enjoyed and  will be continuing to sell  my stock in the shop for the run unto Christmas.

 

 

‘All being Well Art Group’

July 31st, 2013
Birds at the Lodge Arboretum Park Derby

Birds at the Lodge Arboretum Park Derby

I’m really enjoying doing Volunteer work helping with the ‘All being Well Art Group’ on the Arboretum Park in Derby. I have helped students develop Poster ideas to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Health Problems, we have made paper birds, we’ve attended Exhibitions such as the QUAD in Derby and The Lake side Gallery in Nottingham and this week we are hoping to have a picnic and draw outside again this time on A3 sheets of Paper, so we can be more expressive.

My Dad has made a lovely job of making me 6x wooden drawing boards for us to use.

Butterflies on the Buddleias

July 31st, 2013
Peacock Butterfly

Peacock ButterflyWhite Butterfly

Wow! The hot weather has certainly brought the Butterflies out, but I must say where we live there are 3 Large Buddleias and yes I have taken part in the Great Butterfly Count, to take part go to http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/. I have managed to take some lovely photos of a few too! :)

‘Art at The HeART’ Erewash

July 31st, 2013

As mentioned before I have been lucky this year to have the opportunity to be part of the ”Art at The HeART’ Erewash. I attended 5 free workshops and learned about working with people with Dementia and had the great time shadowing an Artist at  Midway Hospital Ilkeston. I had the chance to run a ‘Drawing for Wellbeing Workshop! Please see Photos…

Arts at The HeART Exhibition

Arts at The HeART ExhibitionMidway Day Hospital "Drawing for Wellbeing workshop'Dot to Dot Drawings

Drawing for Wellbeing Stand

July 31st, 2013

I went to an Arts for Health Event at the beginning of June where I met some really interesting people and of course it was great to see some familiar faces too. I officially launched ‘Creative Wellbeing & Artist Workshops’ specialising in “Drawing for Wellbeing-see stand photos I hope you like it! :)

Arts for Health Stand

Arts for Health Stand

 

Arts 4 Health Workshops, Drawing for Wellbeing

May 31st, 2013

Blimey, It’s the end of May, time has flown by this year like a little blue butterfly.

I have been fluttering like a blue butterfly here there and everywhere for the last couple of Months, thinking, networking, drawing, creating and learning. I’ll explain, on my wish list  I have many things I would like to pursue but one thing at the top of my list  is to do more Arts 4 Health workshops  as I use drawing to de-stress and unwind myself .I would like to help others with want I’ve learnt over the years from my own experiences. So since before Christmas I’ve been helping with a NHS Mental Health All being Well Art Group and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’ve also attended a Free course  called ‘Art at The HeART’ Erewash to learn how to work with dementia patients and have been shadowed an artist and have gained a lot of experience within this area of participatory arts, besides it’s getting me out the house more as being freelance can be really lonely job sometimes and being creative and encouraging others also helps my creativity too. SO to keep my workshops separate to my commercial work I have created a new strand to my business ‘Creative Wellbeing & Artists Workshops’ with Kate Smith Designs and I’m specialising in ‘Drawing for Wellbeing’. On June the 7th I’m having my first exhibition Stand at an Arts 4 Health Event Caring Creatively Networking Day. As you may guess I’ve been busy creating a new logo and marketing material- I hope you like it?

Creative Wellbeing & Artist Workshops

Creative Wellbeing & Artist Workshops

I’m hoping to blog more to keep you updated with my new Adventure.

Happy Easter 2013

March 29th, 2013

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and a Lovely Weekend! :)

Happy-Easter-2013

Happy-Easter-2013

New Blue Butterfly Logo

February 14th, 2013

Hello, Everyone.

This month Kate Smith Designs is celebrating 5 Years of being Freelance. In Celebration I have found the courage to Update my Logo-I hope you like it? Please visit my website there is a new Butterfly flying about too! :)

Kate Smith Designs NEW LOGO

Kate Smith Designs NEW LOGO

Happy School Days

September 4th, 2012

I just wanted to wish everyone Good luck and  best wishes to anyone who is starting school or a new school year this week! Have Fun !

Minty & Monty Calendar September School Days

Minty & Monty Calendar September School Days

Minty & Monty First Personalised Books

May 31st, 2012

The Sun has been shining at last and this is first yellow Poppy which has appeared in my garden

Yellow Poppy in my Garden 2

Yellow Poppy in my Garden 2

The last couple of months have been really hectic at Kate Smith Designs HQ. I’ve signed a personalised

Monty & Monty book for the first time, which was exciting and I’ve not stopped drawing and creating for the last Month. So happy times all round.

Happy Easter!

April 5th, 2012

Happy Easter! Wishing you all a “Tweet” filled Weekend!

Easter Chicken illustration

Easter Chicken illustration

Raining Cats & Dogs

April 4th, 2012

It’s certainly been ‘Raining Cats & Dogs’ in Derbyshire today!

Raining Cats & Dogs Pattern

Raining Cats & Dogs Pattern

Monsal Trail Code of Conduct

March 8th, 2012
Monsal Trail Code of Conduct Poster

Monsal Trail Code of Conduct Poster

Last year I received a commission from the  Peak District National Park Authority. They asked me to do 8x black & white illustrations for  the Monsal Trail Code of Conduct I have just noticed today that it is on their website . It has been put together as a Posters, Leaflets and signposts along the Trail. the plan is to visit this year to have a look at the sign posts and to get some exercise too.

Kate Smith Designs Patterns

February 29th, 2012
Fairy Pattern Gift Wrap
Spring Tulips Pattern

Spring Tulips Pattern

Fairy Pattern Gift Wrap

Since Before Christmas I have really enjoyed having fun exploring  Pattern with an e course called ‘The art and Business of surface Pattern design’ taught by Rachael Taylor & Beth Nicholls. I have already completed Module 1 & 2 and for my Birthday Present I’m asking for Money towards Module 3. It’s really given me the opportunity to develop my style with the help and encouragement from new online new virtual friends. I would really like to see my designs on  Gift wrap,  stationery and  Wallpaper for Children’s Rooms. I as I’m designing a lot of Greeting Cards at the moment I’m able to add a new fresh dimension to my illustrations and designs.

Here’s just a little taste of what I have been up to. I would really appreciate your comments and feedback on my Pattern Designs Please?

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design


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