2014 will see a summer to remember as the Tour de France begins in Yorkshire. To celebrate the Grand Depart, we were invited by Made North to contribute to the ‘Maillot Jaune’ in the form of a yellow T shirt.
Contemporary artists, designers and creatives from across the region and around the globe were invited to design their own tribute to the ‘Maillot Jaune’ in the form of a yellow T shirt.
Being a fan of Le Tour as well as on exile from Yorkshire we were very interested in the history of both the event and the location of Le Grandé Depart. France being well know for it’s cheese and wine linked well to the first stage of the Tour, going as it does through Hawes in Wensleydale (near my hometown of Skipton).
Inspired by the play on words title of Le Grandé Fromage (The Big Cheese) – The Yellow Jersey rider being the most important rider in the race and Wensleydale cheese, first made by French Cistercian monks from the Roquefort region, who had settled in Wensleydale – we combined this with a layout based on the classic knitted shirts of the 50’s worn by the likes of Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali.