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December 14/12 8:54 am - One-of-a-Kind at La Bicicletta

Posted by Editoress on 12/14/12

La Bicicletta bike shop in Toronto held a rather unique cycling community event on Wednesday evening; inviting seven locally-based cycling artisans to display their crafts on the showroom floor.  The initiative was organized by La Bicicletta's Tovi Heilbronn, who put the whole thing together.  Everything from coffee to bike jewellery was on display, and we spent some time meeting with the craftspeople:

Cafe Domestique

Our old friend Krys Hines, who runs the cycling-themed coffee shop in Dundas, was there with his portable espresso bar, providing great shots for everyone, and showing off some of his latest logoed gear, including caps to keep your head warm under your helmet (the newest one even has a slot for ponytails), plus coffee barista aprons.

Krys Hines was making espresso shots and showing his collection of cycling headwear

Mark Cavendish seems to like these Domestique barista aprons

Andrea Dankaninova - Silk Painting

Andrea Dankaninova is an Ottawa-based artists who has created a series of cycling-themed paintings on silk.  In both colour and black and white, these images of athletes ranging from Ryder Hesjedal and Fabian Cancellara to Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx jump off the screen.

Silk painting by Andrea Dankaninova

The Recycler

Gilbert VandenHeuvel is a Goderich-based artist who works with recycled bike parts to create everything from bottle openers to tables, mirrors, clocks and objets d'art.  If you have visited the Toronto Bike Show, then you have likely seen his work.

Triceratops by the Recycler

Hearts and Champions

David Atkinson creates collages showing the motion and colour of cycling, using paint, stencils and other materials.  Atkinson puts together his images from watching local races, the internet feed of Spring Classics, the blur of riders flashing past and the emotion the sport engenders.  At this exhibition he was showing variations on his interpretation of Manx sprinter Mark Cavendish.

Each of David Atkinson's pieces is unique


We have talked about Noah Rosen from Velocolour before.  This fine arts trained craftsman has become reknown in the Toronto area for his meticulous restoration work on classic bikes, as well as custom paint jobs on new carbon frames.  In addition to showing off his incredible paint jobs, Noah had some very cool metal ingots that were painted and logoed with historic bike colours, such as Bianchi's instantly recognizable celeste.

Noah Rosen with a 1974 Raleigh Professional that he recently restored


Suzanne Carlsen will also be familiar to some of our readers; we covered her at the 2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS).  Suzanne creates unique headbadges out of stainless steel, bronze and precious metals.  Suzanne also makes intricately detailed chainguards, jewellery, and a selection of bike bags.
Some of the beautiful head badges from Poka

Bicycle brooches by Poka

Fredrik Carlberg

Fredrik Carlberg is a graphic artist, web designer and Masters rider.  He is currently working on a mixed media project and showed some of the small scale mockups of what are expected to be a series of larger panels depicting riders from cycling's past, such as Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor.


One of Fredrik Carlsberg's studies for a planned larger piece


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