How I made the Enjoy Harrogate Map Artwork
My first ever paper cuts were Tiger Tiger and Paradise one metre designs, which were inspired by 15th Century rugs. This Harrogate map is the third project I set myself. My art gallery is in Harrogate and I thought what better way for people to find my art studio than for me to design a map with tiny details on showing the main attractions and landmarks and things we all love about this historical town.
My first task was to choose some paper. I love the colour turquoise, it is such a vibrant colour which would compliments most modern décor, so in my art studio, The Dove Tree Art Studio, I laid out the paper. Using a guide, my first job was to plot the map drafting the roads in pencil. When paper cutting this map, I drew everything on the back of the paper. I started drawing out the roads and then added the historical buildings such as The Royal Hall, Turkish Baths, Pump Room and Cenotaph. Next followed the landmarks of Harrogate including the two notable green spaces in the middle of the town, one of which being The Stray. It is used by many clubs and enjoyed by many habitants of Harrogate and surrounding villages. It occupies 200 acres of grass parkland and dates back to 1778. Here I incorporated runners and dog walkers enjoying the Stray whilst at one end there is a football net and two boys playing.
I then drew the Valley Gardens situated on this Harrogate map near the Pump Room. This immaculately kept park is covered in flowers planted and maintained by the Harrogate Borough Council’s gardeners. I love the cafe building and have included a couple of people sitting enjoying a coffee outside.
Next it became the time for cutting, using a tiny scalpel I set to it. All the roads on this map had to be carefully cut out. In fact, everything is in reverse when you paper cut, all of the writing and buildings have to be back to front. The trees took hours as I hand cut out the leaves on each of the trees. All in all it took me three months to complete from the research, drawing and cutting out.
I then had this Harrogate map photographed for taking Giclee prints from. Giclee prints are made using colourfast inks printed on archive paper. This map has been reproduced in the original turquoise colour, a turquoise and burgundy/pink colour and a grey/dark grey combination.
It is available in 3 sizes A4, A3 and the original one metre long size. The map has been reproduced as a laser cut in the original size and is also available as limited edition hand printed velvet cushions.
These Harrogate maps make perfect presents for those that love Harrogate, are perfect memorabilia and have been purchased by many people to decorate their houses in Harrogate. There is a colour and size to suit everyone. You can see the map on the wall at William and Victoria, a very well-known restaurant in the middle of Harrogate.
I was pleased with the finished result in fact the original map was bought by an American collector and is now in America…Time well spent!
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