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.

22 comments:

  1. What fun that is. I love the whippet!

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  2. The 'Compo' the whippet bike is amusing isn't it? Everyone must have had a lot of fun creating the bikes.

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  3. They're brilliant. The whippet one has to be my favourite.

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    1. Great fun! A lot of imagination and work must have gone into the project.

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  4. The bike covers are creative and entertaining. The cathedral is breathtaking.

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    1. Yes, very creative, Susan. It was good to see all the bikes from the different areas of Yorkshire in one place and in a beautiful setting.

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  5. Hi Linda,

    How wonderful and creative all the bikes are and I enjoyed seeing them - thanks for showing us.
    The white rose and the whippet are my favourites.
    Hope that you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. I think it was good that each member of a group could contribute to the decorating of a bike. It inspires me to have a go at making a rose even though I'm not good with knitting needles or a crochet hook!

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  6. I like the Wakefield bike with the Yummy Liquorice (all sorts). What fun and what a lot of creative work happened here!

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    1. That bike was also very entertaining to look at and spot all the different representations of food and drink from this region.

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    2. Beautiful post, Linda. Glad you are back--at least part of the time. The Cathedral is gorgeous. AND--I loved all of the decorated bikes. It was hard to pick a favorite --but I think I liked the White Rose the most.. (Are you surprised? ha)
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  7. These are wonderful, Linda so colourful and imaginative. Not sure I could choose a favourite but the whippet and flat cap is great fun and I do like the last one too:)

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  8. The bicycles are beautiful, interesting, and very well made. There are many talented people in Yorkshire. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite bicycle, but I especially liked the white rose.

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  9. What a fun idea! The first one is my favorite although they all are wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us! :>)

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  10. Fun and fascinating designs. Thanks for sharing Linda and I do hope you get your computer back soon.

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  11. What fantastic images, I did enjoy, how unique and individual they all are. I think the white rose one was my favourite.xxx

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  12. Those bicycles just made me smile. I loved seeing the one with Yorkshire Tea and a cup,
    of course I did. Thanks for sharing the delightful art.

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  13. As a native of Sheffield, I would have been fascinated by the history exhibition Linda, but was otherwise detained at sea... Love the many and varied photos of the bikes.

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  14. Thank you for taking us to the cathedral. I find the bikes most interesting. Something I never would have thought of without visiting your blog today. Most fun.

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  15. Affascinata dalla maestosità della cattedrale e allietata dai lavori originalissimi. Complimenti per tutte le belle cose che riesci sempre a mostrare. Baci
    Emi

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  16. Hi Linda
    This is an inspiring and fun project - I especially love the landscape and literature bike!
    The Cathedral is a beautiful space for exhibitions.
    I'm sorry to hear about your computer issues - I had a similar experience this time last year - it was most frustrating.
    I hope all is well with you Linda
    Shane

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