12 Sep 2014

Sheffield Cathedral (2): The Yorkshire Festival 2014 Woolly Bikes

Commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival 2014 textile artist Cassandra Kilbride worked with groups of craft enthusiasts earlier in the year in villages, towns and cities throughout Yorkshire to create a set of decorated bikes using Yorkshire yarns and textiles.  Each bike depicted an aspect of Yorkshire with many iconic details and were on show to the general public in different venues, including Sheffield Cathedral, during July and August before being returned to the communities where they were created.  They will form the Woolly Bike Trail which can be viewed during the next 12 months.

Off t' Coast (above) represents the Yorkshire coastline and includes the fishing industry and a puffin  from the RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Nature Reserve at Bempton Cliffs between Bridlington and Scarborough.

Yummy Yorkshire  The Wakefield area is well-known for liquorice products and rhubarb so it's not surprising that the group chose to decorate their bike with liquorice 'all sorts' (sweets) and sticks of rhubarb as well as other well-known foods such as Wensleydale cheese, Yorkshire puddings and, of course, Yorkshire tea!

Sporting Heritage This bike (below), made in Sheffield, pays tribute to Team Yorkshire who won 12 medals in the 2012 Olympics and 14 in the Paralympics with particular reference to athletics, cricket, darts, football, rugby and snooker.

Landscape and Literature  Made in the Bronte Parsonage, Haworth, this bike celebrates the work of Yorkshire writers. There are extracts from poems, plays and novels pinned to the front wheel and two books with further literary texts. Roger Hargreaves' popular Mr. Men characters decorate the handlebars and pedals.

Multicultural Yorkshire The colourful decoration of the bike from Halifax (below) celebrates the diverse cultures of those who have come from overseas to settle in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire's Industrial Heritage  The bike shows Yorkshire's industrial past; canal transport, mills and the coal mines of  'the pit towns' and was created by craft groups in Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield.

Historic Yorkshire was made by a group in York.

The White Rose The Leeds group created a variety of white roses, each one unique.  Cassandra Kilbride's design on the front wheel depicts the York Rose emblem.

Flat caps and a whippet - plus a ferret  Holmfirth and Hepworth groups created a whippet called 'Compo'.
(Compo is one of the much-loved characters in the 'Last of the Summer Wine' television series which was filmed in Holmfirth).  Freda the ferret was included, but was hard to find since it moved around from time to time! It was good to meet a lady who had been part of the group. She had travelled to Sheffield to take a look all the bikes in the exhibition. (I told her that I would be blogging about her and she was quite happy to have her photo taken).

Yorkshire landscape The group in Hebden Bridge was inspired by the colours of the landscape - green rolling hills, the brown hues of the moorland and the farmland enclosed by drystone walls where sheep graze.
This was my favourite.  I wonder which is yours?

As well as the exhibition of bikes there was a display of decorated wheels made by local school children and a kinetic sound sculpture by an artist who had formerly lived in Sheffield.

Sheffield Cathedral is a beautiful and inspiring place to spend time in as I often do.  Tomorrow is a National Heritage Open Day and the cathedral will be taking part. The theme will be '1000 years of Sheffield history' in which the building has played a part as a place of worship and I hope to go to the event.

7 Sep 2014

Another break from blogging

Hello everyone!  Just to let you know that due to computer problems I need to find a replacement computer. As this will have unfamiliar programmes that will take me a while to learn to use I shall be taking a break from posting anything new for the time being.