From the Tour de France to the World Triathlon

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.

New Leeds University Collection

I currently work part-time at the University of Leeds and love the buildings that make up the University campus.  This new collection celebrates graduation at the University with illustrations of some of its most iconic buildings.  Available as coasters, key rings and prints (on request).

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

Leeds University Business School

Leeds University Business School

The Parkinson Building

The Parkinson Building

Roger Stevens Building

Roger Stevens Building

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