I will be running an online sale Friday 17th June prior to opening my studio in Hebden Bridge 1st – 3rd July. I have many seconds and one off pieces destined for both events as well as all my usual stock. You should be able to find examples of all my usual work and a few surprises.
Leeds hosted the beginning of the 2014 Tour de France which spent three days racing through Yorkshire and led to the legacy annual race of the Tour de Yorkshire. This year Leeds is playing host to another exciting sports event – a stage of the ITU World Triathlon. As a cyclist and a swimmer I’m very attracted to the idea of a triathlon but I just can’t run.. at all. So I am left filled with respect for those who can excel in all three of these activities. The world’s best male and female triathletes (including the Leeds based Brownlee brothers) will be competing and there will be around 6000 amateur triathletes competing at different levels on the same weekend. So if you haven’t already planned it Leeds will be the place to be on the weekend of June 11th and 12th.
To celebrate the event I decided to create a limited edition triathlon image which is now available as a boxed, numbered coaster and as a signed print. The coaster and print are available online and will shortly appear in the Leeds Craft and Design Centre.
I’ve had a wonderful few months visiting parts of Yorkshire that I knew nothing about like Middlesbrough and Doncaster and finding some lovely surprises like Anish Kapoor sculpture in Middlesbrough and the Mansion House and amazing markets in Doncaster. I learnt how the cyclists used to carry their bikes over the top of the Transport Bridge to avoid the toll charges and had an amazing windy and misty drive over the N. York Moors and Blakey Ridge – now on my to do cycling list. I spent a lovely day sampling the delight of beautiful Beverley and also revisited two of my favourite towns for cycling Settle and Knaresborough. Here are the results as coasters:
All these images and many more from the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour de France, Tour of Britain and Eroica Britannia are available as prints, coasters and greeting cards in my online shop. You can also find a selection of my work in shops and galleries around the region.
Win a boxed set of four of my new 2016 Tour de Yorkshire coasters.
To launch my new 2016 Tour de Yorkshire range of coasters and prints I am running a competition. Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire will end in Doncaster. Last month I visited Doncaster and did a tour of some of its treasures the result is this image. How many buildings / places / references to Doncaster can you find in this picture? Fill in the entry form with your answer below.
The competition will end on the 20th March. The contestant who provides the greatest number of correct answers will be the winner. In the case of a draw a winner will be selected randomly. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter and notified personally. A boxed set of four coasters chosen by the winner will be posted by the end of March.
My postal address says Hebden Bridge and I describe myself as a Hebden Bridge artist but in actual fact I live in a small village outside Hebden Bridge called Mytholmroyd. I was in Mytholmroyd on Boxing Day. We had planned to visit friends on the other side of the main road through the village but instead we stood on our side of the valley watching, in shock as the river water rose, spilled on to the road and became one with the canal on the other side to create an enormous fast flowing river. We watched it rise above the post box that was painted silver when Karen Darke won her Olympic medal, we watched it pour in to the Dusty Miller pub where we had recently celebrated the end of the Mytholmroyd Festival, we watched it rise above the door of the shops on the valley road, flood a primary school, community centre, our churches and pubs and many other businesses and homes in the valley. Distressed we returned home.
We were among the lucky ones impacted only by a power cut, the inconvenience of losing all local services and our distress. The following day the water had gone and we joined the army of volunteers who descended on our valley wanting to help. The response has been incredible and you realise at a time like this how important community is and how overwhelming the generosity of strangers can be.
It is going to take time for our valley to rebuild (but it will!). Some businesses are managing to provide a limited service or pop-up shops. Many homes, businesses and community buildings will take months to be usable again, many people lost everything, many were not insured – unable to get or afford insurance after previous floods. The community is trying to raise funds to help. The Government will match any funds raised before the 5th February. To this end rather than have my planned January sale I am offering you a small 10% discount for anything bought from my online shop between now and 1st February and donating 20% of sale price to the relief fund. To make a purchase use the code FLOODSALE at checkout. Visit my shop
I am delighted and very proud to share that one of my images – the picture of the Tour de France passing through Skipton has been used as a the cover image for Rod Ismay’s book, Bells and Bikes, published today. I was lucky enough to read an early version of the book which tells of Rods, obsession with both bell ringing and bikes and his involvement in ensuring that the Tour de France’s passage through Yorkshire was accompanied by the sound of over 70 church bells ringing. The book is very funny, very Yorkshire and a real gem for all cyclists and probably bell ringers too ( can’t comment on this not being a bell ringer). You can find it here. https://www.v-publishing.co.uk/books/categories/cycling/bells-and-bikes.html
Yorkshire’s Holme Moss is one of the more famous hills from the Tour de France Yorkshire route and features regularly in British cycling races. I was recently commissioned to create one of my “cyclist on a hill” sculptures featuring Holme Moss.
I began by using mapping software to sketch out the contours of the hill and to make a paper template. I then translated this in to glass.