Archive for February 2009
Penguin, in 2008, commissioned Hand Made Maps Ltd to produce 6 double-page-spread map illustrations to be published in the book ‘Amazon’ to accompany Bruce Parry’s television series. The agreed solution was to create the floor of the Amazon rainforest and use Google Earth maps as print-out to give the effect of the ultimate in technological mapping, in contrast to the primitive surroundings of the rainforest. The photographs show the finished result for Chapter 2, and the developing studio set for the photography of the forest-floor environment. A detailed search was carried out across London for suitable rotting vegetation to simulate the rainforest floor – the boiling pot contains bark, cooking to produce magic medicine.
February 24th saw the launch of M.Y. Steel, the latest project from the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, UK. The four-year building programme, included a commission for a 3 x 1.4 metre map of the world mural from Hand Made Maps Ltd. The work was briefed in December 2008 and hand-drawn on Fabriano 4 Liscio, flat mounted on to Forex exhibition board. As the request was to have the original artwork displayed on the boat, the mounting of the paper was done in advance of the drawing, so there was no risk of creasing on a final mounting of the work. The drawing was mainly executed in shellac based drawing inks for permanence and the use of various staining materials to give the map an ‘aged’ look . Above are two photographs of work in progress, the piece has yet to be photographed in situ on the boat.
Included in the recent re-design of the Museum at Down House, was a new drawing of the Darwin and Wedgwood Family Tree – illustrated by Hand Made Maps Ltd. The use of the tree plays on the Mulberry tree that grow outside the window on the right of the photograph. The artwork for the Family Tree was done in watercolour with pen and coloured inks. The illustration measure 1500mm x 750mm, was scanned on an A3 Epson 10000 XL scanner, the text and photography was then applied digitally on several layers in Photoshop. The illustration was enlarged commercially by BAF Ltd., printed on to a plastic-coated paper and pasted to the wall.