03 Jul

Spotlight on Reservoir Cogs

This spring, my passion for cycling and creativity was fuelled further when I was asked by Racetime Events to design a print to celebrate their brand new event Reservoir Cogs!

The Cycle Sportive takes place on July 5th and will take in some of the most scenic roads and reservoirs in Leicestershire.

I am making a donation by adding three pieces of artwork to the sportives’ charity draw. Profits raised by the events fundraising will be shared equally between two charities which are both very close to my heart, Rainbows Hospice and Hope Against Cancer.

Here’s some more info on how I went about fulfilling the design brief, along with the final print and the products that you can win if you cycle the sportive or enter the draw!

Enter Reservoir Cogs Charity Prize Draw Here

You can also purchase the Reservoir Cogs print products in my shop to remember your epic journey!

Shop Reservoir Cogs Products Here

There will be two different distance options to Reservoir Cogs, Big Cog 112 miles and Little Cog 50 miles and of course, I have opted to ride the 112 mile route, even though I have a full days teaching lined up for the very next day!!

The 112 mile route starts in my home town of Coalville, Leicestershire and takes in some stunning scenery along the way, passing Swithland, Cropston, Knipton and Rutland Water Reservoirs.

Inspired by this epic and beautiful route and ‘The Cog’ aspect, I set to work drawing landmarks that represent the stunning reservoirs and cutting cogs from lino! I also cut my finger a few times as I always do when tackling lino!

Once the lino cut cogs were complete, I enlarged them and exposed them to silk screen, printing these in a pale grey formed a layered background evoking the texture of the landscapes and the movement of the bicycle cogs!

The description of the route made a fitting additional layer to my printing in the background and helped to build the composition.

I knew that I wanted to build the piece using the colours of the Racetime Events cycling strip and included some riders sporting the cycle top, with all riders wearing variations of orange, black, grey and white cycle kit.

Orange was an effective colour to use throughout the my printing, I used it to highlight trees, buildings and the landscape of the fields and to hold the piece together!

This print was born out of the passion I have for the charities being supported, my love of pushing myself to create new, bold, unique designs and of my love of cycling throughout Leicestershire on my days off! It grew and developed so naturally, like great satisfaction you gain when tackling a large, steep hill!

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