Hosting the Grand Depart has brought many spin-off benefits for Yorkshire. Apart from the obvious boost to the tourist industry, the Tour de France has also created a huge buzz among the county’s creatives.
Our artists and makers have used the world’s greatest bike race as inspiration for some fabulous products that will last long after the men in Lycra have gone. In fact, they’re perfect for anyone who loves cycling.
So here are some of our favourites:
Shine on: These lampshades come in three sizes and start from £45 each and the candle/tealight covers are £22 . They are by A Northern Light and are stocked at the much-loved Radiance Lighting shop on Market Street in Hebden Bridge. It’s run by lighting designer Hannah Nunn, www.radiancelighting.co.uk
Great Graphic: Saltaire-based Jacky Al-Samarraie is a genius at coming up with colourful, eye-catching graphic illustrations. Their bold simplicity has brought her many fans and her Tour-inspired mugs, coasters and cards are selling faster than Chris Froome can cycle. The mugs are £13.50 each, coasters are £3.50 and cards are £2.75. You can buy them from The Imaginarium shop on Main Street, Haworth, or from Jacky at www.theartrooms.co.uk
The wonderful glass etching artist Andy Poplar has a design for every occasion and we love this souvenir of the Tour de France. It includes grit from the road route through Yorkshire, and it doesn’t come grittier than that. The 50ml apothecary bottle costs £19.99 from www.vinegarandbrownpaper.co.uk
We’ve featured Jessica Hogarth’s Bike Ride wallpaper before but here it is again. It was created for Graham and Brown and costs £26 a roll from www.grahambrown.com. She has also designed some Tour-inspired tea towels, £10 each, and frameable prints, £12 each. They are available from her Etsy shop via www.jessicahogarth.com
And finally… we couldn’t resist showcasing this one-off design by Hebden Bridge artist Isobel Cortese. She specialises in terrariums with a difference. They’re made from a variety of glass jars and are filled with moss, models and oddments that are carefully constructed to create a tiny “living” world. She’s not quite ready for online trading yet but she is at the Saltaire Makers Fair on September 13. Meanwhile, there’s more of her magical terrariums to marvel at here www.verdantica.co.uk