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handpainted bicycle seats


This spring, while sprucing up my old Schwinn, my mind’s been wandering to other ways to share my love for 2 wheeled modes of transport. I had so much fun designing and making my bicycle seat that I decided to make a few more and see how they do at markets.

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I was able to get these seats for an incredible deal from a guy who sells junk bikes for parts. These were already in great shape when I picked them up, and then I cleaned them and set them in the bright sunshine. The next step was to make a canvas cover for each seat. There’s no pattern for this part; each one has to be made individually. The top and sides are triple stitched for some incredible security, and then glued and stapled onto the saddle.

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Now comes the fun part. I love coming up with designs to enhance the bike riding experience. The heart and stars design reminds me of riding up an incline that you think is too much, that you’ll have to get off and walk up, but finally pedaling to the top and then flying down the other side. I call it Heart It Races, from the Architecture in Helsinki song.

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Fleur de lis designs are also awesome for New Orleans. Although the shape repeats, every seat is painted with different colors and lines. Every one is unique!

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There’s no end of puns to be made about trips with this mushroom seat, so I’ll just save them for Etsy. If you come up with any good ones please leave them as a comment on this post. Maybe some psilly psycling will spark the imagination.

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When the painting is finished I cover each seat with several coats of a glossy sealant. This keeps the colors bright and also makes the seats highly water-resistant. These seats can all be personalized with a name to make them extra awesome. I’m selling them for $60 each at art markets and Etsy.

I can also trick out the seat you already have! I can paint one of my own designs or we can come up with something specific to you and your wheels. Shoot me a message if you’re interested.


completely hand-made bicycle tee


After the failure of my first attempt, I decided to start from scratch. My idea was to make several bicycle shirts for sale, so I decided to go for a complete Made by Julianne package. Voila, the new tee shirts I have made!

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Aaaaaand they’re available on Etsy!

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That’s right, each shirt is 100% made by me! I picked up several yards of super-soft, fine jersey in the Fashion District with our friend Svetlana and then developed a pattern that would be flattering to many different shapes. Each shirt is sewn individually, and then the art is applied with heat-set fabric ink.

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While the bicycle design on each shirt is very similar, there are differences in each drawing: the bicycle, the pattern rainbow, the field of flowers, and the glowing sun changes from shirt to shirt.

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I also made a point of using a ladies’ classic bike frame, since most images of bicycles feature men’s bikes with a horizontal bar across the frame. I think that’s kind of ugly. I love my vintage Schwinn and Galaxy Flyer and wanted a way to declare that passion even when I’m not on my wheels.

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I’ll be selling these Freret Market in NOLA. If you need to have your own my Etsy shop is always open.


bicycle tee


In the spring of 2007 I did this drawing of a bicycle on a pattern rainbow over a field of flowers and have always wanted to use it for something. Finally I tried it out on a tee shirt, and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

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I love bicycles, I love rainbows, I love patterns, and I love fields of flowers! Plus I like tee shirts, so this project pleases me greatly.

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I used an unbleached American Apparel shirt I got for $1 in Missouri and a red fine line Sharpie Jason had hanging around his desk. I put a cardboard box inside the shirt to keep it taught and then started drawing on the fabric. When I was finished I set the ink with an iron, which has done a pretty good job. I’ve washed the shirt in the sink a couple times and there’s been some slight bleeding, but really it’s more like a faint pink glow around the lines and I like it that way. I think I will try another shirt using a different ink, maybe a fabric marker.

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UNFORTUNATELY the ink did not hold up to a machine washing. At all. Well… Time to re-think and re-vamp this project! Its reincarnation turned out soooo much better than this American Apparel prototype!

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