Eroica Britannia 19th – 21st June 2015

One of the things I love about my work is when I’m invited to work collaboratively with other businesses, shops, galleries, universities, schools to create a new piece of work.  One recent example was when I was approached by Val and Nigel of Because I Like It Gallery and Tea room to create a collection based on the Eroica Britannia, an annual ride and festival of cycling taking place in Bakewell and the Peak District.

Last February my partner and I took our bikes to the Peak District and cycled parts of the route to be taken by a host of vintage bicycles.  It’s not an area I know well and I was delighted to discover some great new cycling routes.  Armed with a camera full of photographs we headed to the Because I Like it café for some amazing soup and a chat about the collection.

The four images below with penny farthings will be available exclusively at the Eroica Britannia this weekend and through Because I Like it in the future.  Other images without the penny farthings will be available through me at a later date.  All four images are available as coasters, cards and prints.

Tour de Yorkshire artists featured in Living North magazine

ILiving North article am delighted that my new work has been featured in the Yorkshire edition of Living North magazine as part of a write up of artists response to Tour de Yorkshire.  Lovely to see the work of other artists with the same inspiration too.  Read the article here.

London to Paris bike ride

London to Paris bike ride

London to Paris bike ride

I love all the stories that people tell me when buying my work and particularly with special commissions.  My latest commission was a gift for George who at the age of 70 cycled London to Paris with his 3 sons ,1 son in law, and 7 grandsons, the youngest being 14.The ride started at the Milennium Wheel, passed the Houses of Parliament then finished at Notre Dame. I was asked to add George’s name to the picture which you can see on the side of the bus.  This image is available for purchase as a print with your own chosen text on the bus.

Huddersfield, Harrogate, Harewood house – new Tour de Yorkshire prints

Three new images added to my collection and about to become coasters and prints.  Get your Christmas orders in now!

harewood harrogate huddersfield
 Harewood House  Harrogate  Huddersfield

More Yorkshire cyclist coasters

I’ve been working on more coaster designs inspired by the Tour de France / Tour of Yorkshire next year.  I am working my way through all of the towns on route.  These will ready for Art in the Pen (Skipton 17th and 18th August).  Can you name these places? 

cragg-vale skipton
cow-n-calf howarth

Inspired by Tour de France … Le Tour Yorkshire

As a passionate cyclist I am over the moon to hear that the Tour de France is virtually passing my front door next year.  I regularly cycle up Cragg Vale (the longest continuous gradient in England – 968 feet over 5.5 miles) and usually my head is full of glass.  Now I spend my time trying to work out the perfect spot to sit and watch le Tour pass by.  Inspired by this I have begun to work on designs that represent this exciting event.

I plan to make a range of coasters, keyrings and cufflinks with representing cyclists passing through the Tour route.  I hope to cover all the major landmarks on route.  The first two are pictured below and will be on sale in Hebden Bridge and Halifax within a fortnight.  I am currently working on Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton and Hawes.

Yorkshire Cyclists coaster

Yorkshire Cyclists coaster

Hebden Bridge cyclists coasters

Hebden Bridge cyclists coasters