Recently, I was delighted to be asked to create a series of C2C, Cycling and Northumberland inspired lino prints using some very old Bartholomew’s and Ordnance Survey maps for Low House Haven. Low House Haven is a very charming, former Youth Hostel on the ‘C2C’ (Sea to Sea) route which travels from the North East coast to the North West coast through beautiful areas of Northumberland. Originally built to be used as an inn in 1600, Low House Haven has had rather a colourful history!!
The maps I have produced to be sold as a souvenir of a lovely relaxing and refreshing stay, reflect the many different outdoor activities visitors enjoy such as cycling, walking, map reading etc, using beautiful vintage maps which illustrate the terrain visitors have travelled.
Working with beautiful old maps, always creates different images every time I print on them – they way the map has been folded, the type of paper or fabric it was printed on and even how detailed the contours of the land it follows are – makes each piece fun and exciting. Over the summer, there will be plenty of visitors to Low House Haven for either the homely hostel accommodation on the camping on the route. It will be lovely to see how they respond to these emotive pieces.