I’ve been feeling very festive this week. I started the week with a couple of inches of snow outside my front door, spent most of my time making snowflakes, stars and trees and planning my stall for the Harrogate Christmas Market, then today my new cyclist Christmas card arrived. I have been experimenting with using bicycle wheels to display my decorations. What do you think?
So, I have decided to continue the festive theme with a little competition. Would you like to win a box full of Christmas decorations? This box contains a snowflake, a star, two Christmas trees, a penguin, a robin, a greeting card and a couple of extra little festive surprises. All you will need is your tree!
To enter, pop over to my facebook page and tell me which item from my online shop you would like to see under your tree this Christmas. Feel free to share and like too. I will select one entry at random on the 30th November.
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.
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 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
Contemporary Glass Society Northern Hub members, are exhibiting a wide and varied range of their beautiful glass work, in both an exhibition and fair at the Victoria Baths in Manchester this weekend 12-13th September 11-4pm, The Society promotes contemporary glass in all its many forms across the UK. This year there will also be drop-in glass workshops, demonstrations and talks. I will be exhibiting and selling my work at this event.
Mini Mosaic – Childrens workshop run by Jane Littlefield (£1)
Stained Glass Demonstration run by Caroline Channing (Free)
Coaster making for kids – Childrens workshop run by Kay stowell (£1)
Painting with glass demonstration run by Chrissie Smith (Free)
Copper foiling demonstrations and “have a go” glass cutting tables for kids will run throughout the weekend!
Please do come and take a look at the fair and meet the artists as they man the fair and exhibition – all are happy to answer any questions you may have about glass-making techniques. You could join a glass workshop, watch various glass demonstrations, place a commission using your own ideas, or even buy your own piece of handmade, designer glass to take home with you. There are also activities for children available throughout the day.
Artists are also displaying their work in an exhibition in the Gala pool cubicles.
The glass fair and exhibition are open throughout the Heritage Open Days
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.