Wednesday 23 July 2014

The Woolly Bike Exhibition

Cassandra Kilbride worked with yarn enthusiasts across the region to create 10 Yorkshire themed Woolly Bikes as part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 (100 days of art & culture in the run up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire - Le Tour Yorkshire).  These Woolly Bikes are currently being exhibited in Sheffield Cathedral until 3 August 2014.  

I contibuted to the Historic Yorkshire (Viking) bike which was made in York & so was lucky enough to be invited along to the private view of the exhibition.  Here are some pics of the lovely bikes ...


1. Off t'Coast - Representing Yorkshire's fab coastline and made in Scarborough 

Don't you just love those seagull handlebars and the puffin representing Bempton Cliffs -  a great place for watching seabirds!

2. Historic Yorkshire - Paying homage to the Viking influence & made in York

Don't let that Viking scare you!

3. The White Roses - Depicting the white Yorkshire rose emblem & made in Leeds

Lots of different white roses on display!
4. Yummy Yorkshire - Concentrating on food & made in Wakefield

Yorkshire pudding, Yorkshire tea, rhubarb and Wensleydale to name but a few!
5. Landscape & Literature - Paying homage to local writers and those that feature descriptions of Yorkshire & made in Haworth

Those Brontes get everywhere!
6. Green Rolling Hills - Not just hills but rugged moorland, dry stone walls and roaming sheep & made in Hebden Bridge

What's not to love - fantastic textures and those sheep!

7. Multicultural Yorkshire - Celebrating diversity & made in Halifax

Fantastically colourful - using yarns made from reclaimed saris and South Asian textiles

8. Yorkshire's Industrial Heritage - Coal, canals and mills & made in Huddersfield


Recognize the coal mine on the bike's sprocket?

9. Flat Caps & Whippets plus a ferret (need I say more?) and made in Holmfirth


I just love Compo the whippet and did you spot the ferret on the front wheel?

10. Yorkshire's Sporting Heritage - A tribute to Team Yorkshire's Olympic & Paralympic successes, Yorkshire's favourite sports and other sporting heroes & made in Sheffield

Jessica Ennis-Hill is featured on the handlebars.

and as if that wasn't enough there were Yorkshire refreshments too ...


If you're in the vicinity take a look!  The bikes move on 4th August, after which 9 will go on display in Wakefield One then each bike will return to it's local community. You can read more about the bikes on the Woolly Bike Trail website or take a look at Jess Rowbottom's official photos of the bikes here.  Thanks, Cassandra!

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