This year's cover - Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

This year’s cover

The cover to this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Cycling programme is a special commissioned Linocut from Emma Jones of Wee Blue Press.

The brief we gave Emma was ‘animals on bikes’ and after lots of discussion and very hard thinking(!) it became the hare and the tortoise was a theme that worked with the Edinburgh Festival of cycling’s ethos of cycling for everyone. Then the final image was carved into lino, hand printed and scanned digitally so that we could use it for the cover of the printed programme and poster.

One of the early sketches of the hare
One of the early sketches
Another early sketch for this year's cover
Another early sketch for this year’s cover
Early cover mock up
Early mock up of the cover
The first print of the lino cut
The first print of the lino cut ready to scan

When it came to the layout of the final cover image, it was decided to flip the image over digitally to be able to add text to the right of the cover.

The 2019 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Programme cover
The 2019 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Programme cover

As the cover has been so popular we have decided to make the cover image available as a series of limited edition prints (as each print will be hand finished they will all be unique) and t-shirts. These will be printed from the original Linocut, so the image will be the un-flipped. These limited edition prints are priced at £45 plus £3 P&P and the t-shirts at £25 P&P

Order prints here, we hope to have t-shirts soon, contact us for more details.

Here is a wee bit more about the production process, note that it takes around five days to dry the inked paper enough to watercolour for the final finish.

Carving the Lino cut
First carve the Lino cut
Test on paper - roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper to test
Test on paper - roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Test on paper – roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Outline print ready for hand colour finishing
Outline print ready for watercolour finishing.
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