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.

And I call this work… :-)

I can’t believe how lucky I am sometimes.  I spend most of my working days with a smile on my face enjoying what I do but some days are particularly fun.  I am just back from 3 days in the peak district exploring the area for a commission to create work celebrating Eroica Britannia.  My hard work included cycling the Monsal Trail, a lot of Tea Shops and a visit to Ladybower Reservoir on the way home.