Kim Tillyer

Kim Tillyer artist and photographer

After pursuing family life, Kim Tillyer returned to art, earning a first-class degree in Textiles and Surface Design. Her cyanotype art, featured on BBC Countryfile, culminated in her book “A Beginner’s Guide to Cyanotype.”
From: Loweswater, Cumbria, UK
Shows: Cyanotypes

Kim Tillyer was born in London and moved to North Yorkshire at the age of 13 when her parents returned to the North York Moors and family roots in Middlesbrough.
Kim attended Harrogate Art College for Foundation studies but it was 30 years, 2 children and various disguises later that she eventually returned to Cleveland College of Art (now The Northern School) as a mature student and attained a first-class degree in Textiles and Surface Design.
Kim Tillyer is now an artist/ illustrator based in the Lake District. Her use of the cyanotype process combines plants and found objects, with hand-drawn and photographic elements well as hand embroidery, to create folk and nature-inspired images on paper and fabric.
In 2020 she appeared on BBC Countryfile demonstrating cyanotype and in May 2024 her book “A Beginner’s Guide to Cyanotype” is published in The UK, USA and Australia by Search Press.
Portrait by Mark Davison.

“Never stop playing, never stop learning.”

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See Kim Tillyer’s cyanotype book
Creative Cyanotypes book by Kim Tillyer

Beginner’s guide to Cyanotype – Beautiful projects to print with light

by Kim Tillyer

Crafters will learn how to apply a special light-sensitive solution to various surfaces and witness the transformative effect of sunlight or UV light, as their creations magically turn into vibrant blue works of art.


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