Enjoy York Map Limited Edition Laser cut
York is situated in the North East of England and was founded by the ancient Romans. It is a walled city and is world renowned for its Gothic cathedral, York Minster, built in the 13th Century which has stunning medieval stained glass and two bell towers. A planned exhibition of my work at the art cafe Cafe 68 Gillygate, York spurred me into action to create this, my third map.
The research prior to creating this York map took me a few weeks. I visited York where I took many photographs and created sketches of the local landmarks and attractions. The time then came to choosing a colour to create this York map from. I decided this was to be a one metre wide map, the same as my Harrogate map, so I once again chose the colour turquoise. It's such a fresh colour which goes perfectly with many interior decor schemes.
On the reverse of the paper, I started to draw the roads in, then added the York landmarks and attractions, finally adding extra details such as cyclists near York Minster, people shopping or the boats sailing down the River Ouse. I absolutely love details, so had a field day adding tiny stories onto this map. Look carefully and you can see dog walkers on the banks of the Ouse, can you see a rabbit? Everything has to be drawn in reverse so all the writing is back to front and all the windows, doors and profiles of the buildings. I added such landmarks as the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in the Museum Gardens, Clifford’s Tower and the Castle Museum, the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, the Treasurer’s House and King’s Manor.
Then the time came for paper cutting, I took my scalpel, a bit like a surgeon's knife and started cutting. I whiled away over two hundred hours paper cutting this York map. Cutting out York Minster took hours as I had to measure out the perfect proportions and then carefully cut each detail out. I just use a pencil, rubber, ruler and my eyesight when I create a paper cut design, no computers are involved.
Eventually I turned the map over. This is the moment when you discover when you have or have not made a mistake… Luckily it was perfect. I mounted this York map onto a blue background which perfectly complements the turquoise.
It is also available as Limited Edition Giclee prints in the original colours in A4, A3 or the original size.
I was really pleased with the end result. I completed this map in time for the exhibition and it hung in pride of place. I sold it that night to a gold badge City guide so it is staying in York.
This York map makes a perfect souvenir of a York or even a guide to the city. For those who love York it makes a perfect present or piece of artwork to enjoy in the home or office. It perfectly complements most interior decoration either in the Office or in the home.
It measures 60cm x 84cm. Frame measures 84cm x 104cm. Limited Edition of 50.
Available for collection from my Harrogate art gallery, the Dove Tree Art Studio.