There are few cycling accolades as prized and revered as the Maillot Jaune. Worn by the leader of the Tour de France since 1919, the yellow jersey has become synonymous with the talent, hard work and dedication needed to lead the Peloton, which constantly snaps at the heels of the wearer.
The Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France will finish in Sheffield on July 6, so when planning Sheffield Design Week for the same period, it seemed the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the yellow jersey. Made North (a platform for northern design) invited leading designers from the UK and beyond to design their own versions as T-shirts. Thanks to the generous response from the design community we had in all 111 contributions (111 is the age of the Tour de France).
The Yorkshire in Yellow exhibition (until September 7) will see over 60 of these designs suspended from the ceiling of the Millennium Gallery’s main thoroughfare as part of Made North’s Sheffield Design Week which runs from 23-29 June. A selection of the designs on show are included in this edition of Monograph.
Director of Made North
Yorkshire in Yellow is at the Millennium Gallery until September 7, museums-sheffield.org.uk. This is also is one of the headline events of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, with 100 days of arts and culture, which this year celebrates the Grand Départ of the Tour de France happening in Yorkshire on 5-6 July.
Patrick Murphy is the director of Made North a platform for northern designer/makers which showcases and promotes work via its Shefield gallery and runs an annual conference