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Father/Daughter Project - Part 19

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Father/Daughter Project - Part 19

Friday, March 13, 2020   |   Chris Blandford

Mathilda and I drew up this bike's paint scheme together. We sat at our coffee table one evening, went through paint swatches, and clicked around in Illustrator/InDesign. I think I blew her mind--manipulating the look of a bicycle drawing on a computer screen. I hadn’t realized that she’d always equated creativity with paper and crayons; this was her first experience with computer-based design. Pretty fun.

Here’s what we delivered to the guys out at Black Magic Paint. I told them we were flexible on everything, but didn’t want to leave them directionless. Pink and purple giraffe--have at it. (By the way, if you’re following along, you’ll have guessed that I missed Mathilda’s birthday by a couple of weeks. She ate an extra piece of cake and couldn’t have cared less. Father-failures... Maybe next time!)

Last week, I rode back out to Black Magic and picked the little frame up. They nailed it. It's bright as hell. The opposite of my own taste. Perfect. When I got it home, Mathilda freaked out. Hysterical belly laughter. Touching every inch of it. She couldn’t wait to show it to Nellie (her little, stuffed giraffe).

Now the frame is back down in my studio, and I’m figuring out the last few parts. I think I’m about ready to assemble… I just need to strip a few more anodized bits (tiny, silver parts are tough to find!) and get the wheels built up. I’ll go over those details once the bike is finished.

Finally, while Mathilda’s bike was at paint, I managed to get the adult-sized version built as well. I’ll spare you the play-by-play this time around, but I do have some photos and a couple thoughts to share. I’ll do that in the next few days.

The completion of this project is going to come at just the right time. We’re not going too stir crazy just yet, but teaching Mathilda to ride a bike out on our (now empty) street will be a welcome bit of something-new.