The World in Pictures
Thanks to all who came to the LMM show! Â It was quite fun to meet many of you. Â But I must say I am very relieved to wrap up my show season for a while. Â I will be quite happily camped out in the studio until the circuit starts back up in May. Â Until then, I will be working on a few large commissions and developing some fun new items that I’ll be sharing in the future.
But today I have something very special to share. Â A short while ago I showed you South America, a lovely map in cut copper on an ocean of blue. Â That was possibly one of the most realistic maps I’ve created — large, lots of detail, and rich, earthy colors. Â Today’s piece is just the opposite — an amazing conceptual piece with a beautiful story, created for a lovely woman as a gift to her husband on their first wedding anniversary. Â They love to travel, and the idea was to create a map of the world that would commemorate their journey together. Â We started emailing back in October, and spent many weeks brainstorming and visualizing and sketching. Â She is quite a visionary (my favorite phrase of hers: “okay, don’t think I’m crazy, but what if–“), and wanted some sort of map that could be constructed almost like a puzzle, so that as they traveled they could put the pieces together. Â (See? Â I told you it was crazy cool ;) )
We ended up with this design:
…except that instead of being a mere 15 blocks, it grew to 91, and is now a whopping 4′ x 6.75′ (yes, feet). Â And the copper is now red and the red is now copper. Â (But I do still love this original design, so if any of you would like to commission it at its original scale, I will totally make it for you!)
Now here’s where it got interesting. Â She plans to add pieces to the map as they travel, so while a lovely concept, that leaves a mostly blank wall for the near future. Â So we started brainstorming ways to give the illusion of the finished piece while still having the fun of putting it together over time. Â Since she liked the look of this piece, we decided to mount the entire map onÂ wood, and wood burn the design of the map onto the boards. Â (Thanks to a misunderstanding, she still thinks this was my brilliant idea, and I still think it was hers.)
So this led to a project of epic proportions — the lumber yard guys think I am crazy, and I haven’t seen my dining room table for a week.Â But I have learned the fine art of wood burning (it works best when you have two tools, each with a different tip), and will hopefully have a spectacular piece once it’s finished:
laying out the grid……………….blocking in North America
The inner parts of the map will be shaded in to create a deeper color, and when finished, the boards will be stained a dark red mahogany:
shaded North America
It has a quite lovely look with the stain over the burned shading, which I hope to show you next week.Â Here are a few of the map squares:
I think it will be quite stunning when it’s finished, and I can’t wait to share more pics!
Until next time, have a wonderful holiday ~ hug your loved ones and enjoy your time together :}