Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IF: Bicycle

This week's Illustration Friday's topic is Bicycle. 

This was a fun project for me. I had the job to create fabric out of some bicycle illustrations that were given to me.  I added more of my own and placed them into a repeat and this is the result!


When I was a kid, I had a teal sting-ray bike with a banana seat, white wall tires and the requisite basket with flower appliques. (which i later replaced with a steering wheel I ordered from a Montgomery Ward's catalog).

I can vividly remember riding over tree-root-cracked sidewalks over to my best friend's house. A doll with clumps of human hair taped over the bald doll's head and belted around my waist behind me as if she was holding on to my waist; a playing card tucked between the spokes to sound like an engine.

I will never ever forget that one hot summer evening when I was probably 7.  My sister and I and best friend Terry donned on baseball caps over our short pixie haircuts and pretended to be boys.  We pulled off our shirts and raced our bikes around the block feeling dizzy with excitement wearing only our shorts and keds... 

4 comments:

get zapped said...

lol! wow, this brings back childhood memories for me. love the pattern and to think how free we used to be...something to strive for. Thanks!

Bethany Hissong said...

I love your fabric pattern too! And your story reminds me so much of my blue banana seat bike with white walls and a white basket with those plastic flowers!! That was the age of the Dorothy Hamill cut too! Thanks for the memory trip! :)

doodlegirl said...

GZ: .....'something to strive for".. being free again. I think that's an excellent thought. I will strive for that, too!

Bethany.... the Dorothy Hamill cut!!! Yesss! haha! Hilarious!

Dan said...

Awesome bicycles Shawn! aww shooot I missed this one...and great memories of riding stingrays! We used to do wheelies and see how long we could ride wheelies down the street, ha!