Dec 102010

Rachael Clewlow's UK Map InfographicOver the past few days, I have enjoyed working with Rachael Clewlow on two of her new acrylic pieces—not least for my love of infographics!

You may have seen from my last post that my trusty Fuji Lanovia has been running ten-to-the-dozen lately. All the stops have been pulled out again for the scanning of Rachael’s works, each around 140cm long…

Scanned in several parts and meticulously stitched together, it is always my endeavour to treat the reproduction as sympathetically as possible; it’s a challenge to differentiate the pencil markings in my Archival Pigment Prints from the original, particularly where Rachael’s pencil signature sits beside printed elements.

Here’s an explanation of the pieces from Rachael:

“The UK map is made up of circles, each representing a place I’ve visited and colour coded for elevation (height of the land fall above sea level).

“It is comprised of 56 colours, which run from magenta through to a dark purple, contrasted with a yellow through to green.

“The map is above the key at the top of the painting.  The key, below, is made in two parts – on the left hand side the towns/cities of which the map comprises are in alphabetical order, so the colours appear in a random order. On the right hand side the colours appear in tonal strips, yellow through to green and magenta through to purple, and represent the elevation.”

Rachael Clewlow's UK Map Infographic

The Archival Pigment Prints are made with HP's DJz3200 and Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm

Rachael Clewlow's UK Map Infographic

Rachael Clewlow's UK Map includes Newcastle, of course...

And the second piece? A map of London:

Rachael Clewlow's London Map Infographic

Rachael continues:

“This is taken from the London OS map. It is comprised of 56 places I have visited over the last few years along the Thames, through central London, some of them very well known others not so much.

“Each place is carefully plotted out and marked with a grid reference point and a target. Each target is colour coded and made up of two contrasting colours, going through the same colour spectrums as in the UK map. For example, a strong magenta and a lime green are paired together, and  bluish/purple is paired with a strong yellow.”

Rachael Clewlow's London Map Infographic

Rachael Clewlow's London Map

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