Recently I was commissioned by the awesome Life Cycle charity to brighten up their workshop at the Horfield Prison in Bristol. The artwork was on show this weekend as part of the North Bristol Art Trail. The exhibition attracted hundreds of people and raised awareness of all the great work the charity do.
A few weeks ago Monica Giunchi and I took on the task of filming this for The West of England Design Forum. We had no idea just how inspiring and engaging the talk would be. Check out our edit of Steve Edge’s Uncommon Sense at the Arnolfini Bristol.
As much as I would like to I don’t actually ride and draw bikes 24/7. To pay my way I work freelance for a great little company here in Bristol called Calvium. I design interfaces for their gps, story telling, soundwalk apps. This involves a lot of icons and buttons. Tonight I thought I’d set myself the challenge of constructing my Bianchi with a similar approach.
This is one of the very first bikes I drew while establishing the Every Bike idea and style. I have used it for various prints. It featured as the centre spread in the first publication and proved very popular at the Bristol Cycle Festival. But until now has not featured on the website or had it’s told.
Before I moved to Bristol I spent a summer sprucing it up and bringing it to a Sun Super Shinny finish. Despite this being a 1979 Raleigh this was not a mammoth task as my Mum had looked after it so well. This bike sparked my interest in all things 2 wheeled and powered by pedals. It showed me something did’t have to be new to look stylish, that something well looked after can have a much richer story and connection with the owner. And a bike will never be redundant no matter how old.
Check out my Mums bike story below:
Sun Super 5
I was bought my Raleigh racing bike in 1979 when I was 17. My younger sister and I were both given bikes together. I chose mine because it was my favourite colour, golden yellow and named Sun Super 5, as I also love the sun.
We cycled together round the local Hampshire villages of Hartley Wintney, Dipley, Mattingly and Rotherwick. I tied my tiny transistor radio to the handle bars so I could listen to Top of the Pops charts whilst cycling along the country Lanes.
I have kept my bike, not having much opportunity to ride is whilst my children were growing up but now 34 years later my son helped me put on a new leather saddle and re-grip the handle bars. I am now contemplating uncovering it and taking it out of the shed and going for a spin with my son who is an enthusiastic cyclist and producer of Every Bike in Bristol.