Friday, 27 January 2012

Word Map of London










I took delivery of a very brand new exciting print today. Word Map of London - my latest collaboration with Snowhome was launched by Angus and the Snowhome team at Home show a couple of weeks ago. We had a little day-trip down to London to check out the show and to see the newly launched London map. It was really good to see it all finished, framed up and on display in all it's glory so to speak.
It's strange but as with the last map typological map I did with Snowhome once I've finished the many many hours hand drawing I tend to view and appreciate it from afar rather than getting 'up close' to it like I noticed others were doing (- so they could read the specific words). I worked so very near to it and intensely that - as with the the British Isles map I was again amazed that the overall affect when I stood back at the end was of a fully recognisable and definable shape of London. I can therefore appreciate it with a 'detachedness' that I wouldn't have expected from a piece I spent so many hours on.

Yet again Angus' meticulous research yielded some very amusing, interesting and diverse words and clich├ęs which provided me with much hilarity when juxtaposing them with other words. I always had to be quite conscious of alternating the different hand drawn types I used and making sure they didn't run into each other and create unreadable consequences. I would certainly say I know my London boroughs and London history and geography much better now! As with last time it was an education as well as a commission!

So - some statistics for you for the creation of this epic London map:
It contains 339 sets of words (don't quote me on it - that's approximate by my counting).
It required 4 x size 01 paintbrushes (I couldn't use them once they had a hair out of place for the very fine small text!) and one pot of indian ink and a very very steady hand!

Finally - they're available from both my shop and Snowhome (also in their bricks and mortar shop on Gillygate in York - go and have a look if you're in York.)

I hope you like it!

2 comments:

Mohka.co.uk said...

That must've taken hours! Love it.

Mark @ mohka.co.uk

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