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.
I 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.
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.
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?
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.