I always have my eyes open for cute bike related useful items. I was quite pleased to see bike artist Taliah Lempert at the New Amsterdam Bike Show. She was a pleasure to talk with, and had a wide array of note cards, post cards, and tees all artistically imprinted with bicycles. I picked up several packages of note cards, two to give as gifts to friends who were unable to attend the show, and several to use myself. I also picked up a tee. I had previously registered for a workshop she is giving later this month, “Drawing the bicycle with Tahlia Lempert” at her Brooklyn studio and am very much looking forward to it.
They say a picture paints a thousand words, but her words (found on her website http://www.bicyclepaints.com )are worth sharing!
Bicycles are important, beautiful, and worth a close look. Most bikes I paint are, or have been, used daily for transportation, recreation, messenger work and/or for racing, They are worn and customized uniquely, being at once a specific bike and a collective symbol of empowerment.