I am delighted to announce that my new work is now ready for sale. have spent the last couple of months working on additions to my Yorkshire Cyclist Collection and am now ready to officially launch it on the world. I have created 6 new images adding Wakefield, Selby, Bridlington and Scarborough to my collection which together with my previous images of York and Leeds cover the six start and finish towns of this year’s race.
Robinhood’s bay coaster
Being a big fan of the East Coast I have also added Whitby and Robinhood’s Bay thus creating a set of four seaside images.
All my images are available as coasters, cards and prints and can be bought online. They will begin appearing in the galleries and shops that stock my work over the next month.
Well it’s almost here, the weekend many of us have been waiting for for over a year. The area is buzzing, there are cyclists and bikes everywhere and after a very busy couple of weeks I am finalising my plans for the weekend.
I will be selling at Mytholmroyd Gala on Saturday (5th) from 12.00 on Sunday once Le Tour has passed through. If you are in the area please stop by and say hello.
The big question in our household is what time do we have to get up to get a good viewing spot for the race somewhere up Cragg Vale. What time are you planning to be in place and where?
Yorkshire is a fantastic place to be at the moment as the excitement builds towards the Tour de France. Every where I go there are yellow bikes, red spots and amazing art work and events inspired by the tour. This weekend we have a cycling event cycling up The Longest Hill on the Longest Day! Cyclists are invited to cycle up and down Cragg Vale as many times as they can in 24 hours. http://blazingsaddles.co.uk/blog/longest-hill-longest-day-come-join-fun/… I plan to pop up tonight but am saving my energy for tomorrow when cyclists will be accompanied by the longest choir singing their hearts out all the way up Cragg Vale.
My own Tour de France inspired work is doing very well, my work is being exhibited at The Bankfield Museum in Halifax and The Robin Hood, Cragg Vale and I am now selling in over 30 shops and galleries as well as in my online store. https://folksy.com/shops/abundantglass But by far the most exciting bit of it all so far for me was having a very special visitor to my studio to help me sand my coasters! A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be filmed by Countryfile talking to John Craven . If you want to find out more see Countryfile this Sunday 22nd at 7.30pm.
I now have a set of 14 beautiful greeting cards with my Yorkshire Cyclists images on. Like my coasters and prints, each card depicts cyclists on the Tour de France route. I’ve chosen a high quality recycled textured card and a matt finish. They have been printed by the fantastic Imaging Centre and although I say it myself they are pretty gorgeous. They are now available in many of the galleries and shops that supply my work and also online.
The 14 images comprises 6 images of each of the two Yorkshire days of the race and 2 generic images:
I live near the bottom of Cragg Vale and so regularly ride up “the longest continuous gradient in England”. After a fab ride in the sunshine today I decided it was time it joined my Yorkshire Cyclist Collection.
I’ve added the Robin Hood with the yellow bike hanging from its sign, the Hinchcliffe, the caravan site and the geese that grace a small hill on the way up.
I thought I’d better add a bit of bunting as Cragg Vale residents are aiming for the world record for the longest bunting and plan to have it in place when the Tour passes through.
I’ve been on a bit of a journey over the last few weeks learning about printing and framing. I’ve learnt that gilcee printing is fade resistant and considered to produce the best results. I’ve learnt about conservation grade mounts that don’t discolour or damage your prints as they age and I’ve learnt it is much easier to get your original colours on paper than it is on glass. So, here to accompany my glass collection are my first Yorkshire Cyclist prints.
Each print is 15″ square including the mount and the actual image is 8.5″ square.
I am having so much fun drawing my cyclist images and trying to represent local towns from my personal perspective as a cyclist. Latest to the add to the collection is Otley a popular cafe stop location on several of my favourite cycling routes. The first coasters with this image on are just out of the kiln and on their way to my current stockist.
I’m getting lots of requests for coasters depicting other parts of the Tour de Yorkshire route. So far I have Leeds, Haworth, Ilkley, Skipton and Hebden Bridge. I plan to launch some more designs late September. So where shall I do next? Let me know what locations you would like to see and any suggestions of what key landmarks should be in my designs.
I am also creating a mailing list to notify people of the availability of new designs. If you would like to be added to my list please send your email address.