Doris and Her First Bike

As I mentioned in the previous post, the images shown above have been playing in my mind for a really long time now. Before making the piece for Greystoke I asked my grandma to see if she could find any photographs of my great grandma living in Cumbria. The photographs where so beautiful, and they were such a great source of inspiration for the piece. The one that really stuck out for me was this one above. My great grandma stood proud with her bike. With written detail on the back- Doris Watson (her maiden name) her first Bike. Bought by uncle Tommy Berrier £5. She looks about a similar age to me now. I felt a real connection with the photograph as I’ve recently gotten into cycling myself and bought my own first proper bike- which I absolutely love. I felt it only right to have my own proud bike photograph to match. I’m still unclear how I want to proceed with this set of images, I feel like there’s much more potential, just not sure what.

 

Tour of Britain

Keeping in theme with C-Art’s Yellowness, The Cycling Tour of Britain wasn’t long after. Everyone kept up their yellow bunting and added their own Yellow bikes everywhere! After a bit of googling, just to be sure, (I had a vague idea but didn’t want to get it wrong) the Yellow colour is all about the winning jersey- Historically the leader of this competition has worn a yellow jersey. It must have been great moral for the cyclists to see everyone decorate their streets in honour of them cycling past on route. The route came through our local village Pooley Bridge, through to Tirril, Yanwath and onto Penrith. There feels something quite important about this event, the way the cyclists came in and out of peoples neighbourhoods, their life and everything they love. I particularly like the image I’ve taken above with the bicycle pointing to Yanwath Inn. It reminded me of the photograph I’d been keen to make some art with of my great grandma and her bike. I also feel like there is something here about the process of painting the old bikes a solid yellow colour. Almost like dipping my grandmas figurines in magnolia paint again- something I still don’t want to give up on.