Having seen my foray into gift making, a friend commissioned me to make her a “picture” of the city that she and her partner will soon be leaving to start an exciting new life. They are leaving their office-based jobs in the busyness of Brighton to take on a B&B in the Cumbrian coastal town of Workington – Workington House B&B (boasts a rating of 9.1 ‘Superb’ on Booking.com!)
Onto the project. It was a simple enough brief (inspired by the hearts and maps frame I made for Christmas) – the word ‘Brighton’ from maps set in a dark wood frame.
I tried to get a vintage street map and although I did buy a fairly old one, it was in black and white which had less impact visually. A few trawls through old bookshops, antique emporiums and charity shops provided a good example.
After some deliberation – and discussion with Big and another crafty friend, I disposed of the mount in the frame and went with a solid background.
I messed around with fonts and sizing until I got the right fit, and then used the cut-outs to draw around both iconic landmarks and areas that were significant to them.
The final result is below and my friend has said it’s just how she imagined it.