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 was delighted to hear that this year’s Tour de Yorkshire was taking in the East Coast. It gave me an excuse to spend a couple of days in one of my favourite parts of Yorkshire. The results, four more images that will soon be available as coasters, prints and cards and a lovely row of glass beach huts. Pre-orders welcome.
Bridlington, Sewerby Hall and Flamborough
Whitby beach huts. Self standing row of glass huts
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.
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?