MAPS HANDCRAFTED ON LEATHER


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HISTORY

Maps are our finest window into times long past. They allow us to dream, to learn and to understand the world that preceded us. Some of the maps capture spirit of adventure, of discovery and the promise of new begining. They register the triumph of navigators and explorers. Maps are not only to instruct but they also reflect the artistic expression of the times in which they were created. They are as attractive as paintings and prints, and they are significantly more interesting in that that they display man's knowledge of his universe. Many people love to look at old maps of places they have visited, place they lived in and places they are curious about.

I have been interested in maps since I was a little boy. At early age I use to draw maps of places I would visit in the future and trails I would follow. I crossed five continents and left my foot prints in more than 50 countries. Now I use as much energy to create my maps. They are my tribute to man's triumph over the fear of unknown.

I have been crafting my maps on leather using technique called PYROGRAPHY. Pyrography is the skill of using fire to create art. PYRO means fire and GRAPH means art. Perhaps the first art was done by the caveman on a piece of animal skin with a stick of burning wood. The maps I make are entirely done by hand which makes every piece very unique. In my work I use fine ox leather, simple tools and well practiced fire engraving methods. All the lines and shades are burned into the leather thus impossible to erase or fade. Dyes are applied to the skin to create deeper shades and contrasts. Next, the surface is coated with plant solution to protect it against time and insects. Finally, natural paste is applied to attain fine finish. The completed piece can be hanged with wooden rods and leather straps or enclosed into a wooden frame to complement any setting whetter it is home or office.

My maps are highly decorative, elegant and engaging. They make unforgettable souvenir, unique gift or breathtaking decoration which only becomes more beautiful with time. Because I use raw leather and hand tools each piece is slightly distinct and projects its individuality.