Meet the artist behind the 2017 jersey design

Have you noticed Cycle the WAVE jerseys popping up at nearly every cycling event lately? We started offering ride jerseys in year two of our ride. As the ride has grown, so too have the jersey counts!

Each cycling season brings a fresh and exciting new jersey design. This year is no exception. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, our in house jersey team* called upon local artist, Julie Christensen Rackley after seeing her art featured on a public art piece in downtown Issaquah. Her cheerful, colorful and whimsical art turned our heads on a dreary day in February.

     

After tracking her down and exchanging a flurry of emails, Julie graciously allowed us to use her design on this year’s jersey, arm warmers, vest, shorts and bib shorts.

         

We sat down with Julie recently in her studio to learn a little more about her. While Julie has long been drawn to creative pursuits, she has been painting in earnest for the last 5 years. Julie enjoys putting together the natural world with the built world. Julie explores her subjects through the physical act in the creation of her pieces. She paints in a multi-media format drawing on nature for its wonder as inspiration. Julie also uses repetition and pattern in her pieces, which are layered with paint, pattern or paper media. Occasionally only a small portion of the original layers appear in the finished piece. Sometimes she will use a nearly complete work as a starting point for a new canvas. Past works have had twenty layers or more with each layer expressing something she needs to communicate to herself in her exploration of the subject. She would like her work to connect the viewer to the larger natural world around us and to make people happy.

As writers journal thoughts, so too do artists journal their ideas. Julie fills a journal each year with art that is fun and free form and not necessarily intended for future projects. Although, one of her journal entries was the inspiration for the public art piece that caught our eye.

Julie is familiar with the work we do and is very happy to support our ride this year. While she won’t be riding with us, she will have a booth at the end of the ride. Please stop by her booth for a visit after your ride, extra smiles for wearing your jersey!

Article provided by Deb Taylor, Val Davis (the terrific TWF Jersey design team) with assistance from Carol McFarland. Thank you ladies!