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2 weeks

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12 in × 12 in flat

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Speckletone French Paper
Recycled Maps

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As inseparable as cookies and milk, is the relationship between maps and icons. They are born of a similar language; speak with similar inflection. They’re kin; graphically cohesive. And this is the type of relationship where, no matter what, if intentions are good and execution is strong, nothing should go wrong. Check out the rest of Justin’s site. Really amazing stuff.

After graduating from Penn State, I took a design job in Boston. My family is always asking for updates about the city, and what I’ve been doing. Instead of writing out lengthy Christmas cards, I’ve illustrated some of the main attractions from the area. Some icons are obvious, some not so much. The cards are screen printed onto recycled maps of the greater Boston area. They are shipped flat, and include directions for construction by the recipient. The variation from printing on different sections of the map made every tree different. It was a small run, all screened in my apartment, of 35 cards. In total the project cost $50, the bulk of the cost was for Speckletone French Paper which I adhered to the maps for rigidity. It was a good opportunity to have a different format for a Christmas card, and something that is engaging for the recipient.

This was my first run at screen printing, and I learned so much from the experience. My apartment is small, and my setup was pretty amateur. My first few screens were underexposed, and I had to re-burn twice. I didn’t have a room I could completely seal off from light, so could only work at night. I burned my screen with a shop light in my closet, and printed everything on my kitchen table. Though a little imprecise, often gritty, and completely hand done, I wouldn’t have wanted these to turn out any other way.

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March 23, 2011


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