I was due to deliver the collection of map shades to the Gallery today and thankfully it was a bright morning which enabled me to take a few photos before I packed them into boxes.

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These three shades were made using an old map which was mounted on cloth.  It was quite stiff which meant I couldn't roll the edges over the frame as I usually do.  So I used a gingham binding on two of the shades,

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but on the third I experimented by stitching a sheet of plant-fibre paper across the entire surface of the map and then cutting out 'windows' (a technique known as reverse applique that I use to create patterns in my non-map shades).  The vertical lines reinforce and hide the folds of the map and the horizontals allowed me a hem to roll over the frame.

Vale-of-Severn-reverse-appl 

These shades have an aged look which is particularly appealing when illuminated.  I think they'd look great in a study.

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For those customers who are map enthusiasts (or buying them as a present for someone who is) I have made little swing tags with details of the map I've used.

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I also took along a table lamp with a more contemporary feel

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and a few ceiling pendant shades

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with rolled edges

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I'm happy to work to commission if you'd like a lampshade made from a map of your local area.  Feel free to email me. 
 
 
 
 
  

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