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Custom designed tshirts

A regular customer of mine recently asked me to design a tshirt specially for a friend of his. The friend in question is a regular cyclocross racer here in the Scottish Borders and he wanted a cyclocross image with her initials.

The request immediately kicked my brain into action - I love watching cyclocross, own a cyclocross bike which I ride through the winter but have always been too much of s coward to try a race!! Visually a cyclocross theme has some great possibilities - mud, landscape, more mud, rain - all of which I might explore at a later date. My brief here was to keep it simple and I only had a few weeks before Christmas to design and print it.

I usually start my visual research on Pinterest, google and with my stack of cycling magazines. I sketched a woman about to approach a corner and added mud and splats to make it more authentic.

This design was cut into a lino block. Once I’d tested and recut numerous times I printed into an earth positive cotton tshirt. They are lovely to work with and wear and they’re fair trade too. Here’s the finished design... 

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The linocut printed cyclocross tshirt

Emma Jones