Inspired by my artworks using a map of southern Ireland, I have been turning a map of France into drum lampshades.

Map-lamp-carcassonne 

I have appliqued the map with plant-fibre papers in a design prompted by the symbol for a town on the N-roads.  When illuminated the needle holes make tracks rather like boundary markings.

Map-lampshade-detail-lit 

Here are two more in progress.

Map-lamps-in-progress 

I'll be showcasing these new lampshades next week when Five Get Creative in Ledbury.   I think they'd look great in a home office.

Maplamp

I'm excited by these new shades, I can imagine making them to commission incorporating maps that mean something to the recipient. Perhaps as a 21st birthday present with a map of their home town, as a wedding present using a map showing the place of marriage, as a christening present showing the town of birth or even as a house-warming present using foreign maps showing favourite places where the recipient has travelled before setting-up home?  Ooh, what fun, the list is endless!

Which map would you like to see made into a lampshade and why?

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