Since I started making my Sketches in Tyres I always planned to make a cyclist from bicycle tyres. I was thrilled when Glyn Philips, the lead Bicycle engineer at Community Recycle Cycles in Crewe, agreed to collaborate with me to make ‘And He’s Off – Glyn the Cyclist’. Glyn created a racing bike from cannibalised bikes and a sturdy stand and kindly acted as my model. The Spareparts festival commissioned me to make this piece during 2 of their events.
It is with some poignancy that Glyn the Cyclist was to become my last Sketch in Tyres. I realised after a 3 month break from working with the tyres before I started this piece that I had become allergic to the rubber. So with the aid of antihistamine and special gloves he was finished in time to be shown at the Spareparts festival in Crewe and Wirksworth festival.
In 2017 I was thrilled to be accepted for the National Trust sculpture exhibition, ‘Oh Wise Owl’ at Beningbrough Hall. I decided to create a Sketch in Tyres that reflected the predatory nature of the owl and chose a pose of an European Eagle Owl about to strike with wings raised and claws forward about to pounce onto its prey. My intention was to keep an elelment of movement in the piece so it would move slightly in the wind. What a learning curve in armatures and the elements she proved to be !