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Caren Hartley

Design Museum 953 Gravel Road Bike [detail], Caren Hartley, 2015. Photo: Sebastien Klein

Caren Hartley is the founder of Hartley Cycles, an award-winning bespoke bicycle company. Each bicycle frame is hand-made using a variety of jewellery and metalwork techniques, reflecting Hartley's background as a trained jeweller and silversmith. She uses her multidisciplinary metalwork skills to produce high-performing bicycles tailored to each rider, often incorporating precious metals and exploring the surface finish of the frames through paint, patination and gilding. In 2015 Hartley was commissioned by the Design Museum to produce a bicycle for the exhibition Cycle Revolution, and has since gone on to receive international acclaim for her bicycles, transforming an industrial process into an applied art.

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