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Hi, I'm Jennifer Carland, the artist at Carland Cartography.
Initially started as an Etsy shop, Carland Cartography was launched when I started drawing local neighborhoods out of my small Boston apartment. After finishing my MFA in the Great Recession and working for the US Census, I decided to go back to school for Urban Planning. My classes fueled my imagination and I began to draw the neighborhoods where I lived. It felt natural to combine my training as an artist with my interest in built environments.
I create fine art prints of abstracted street maps. The artwork illustrates local neighborhoods as well as broad city views of various places in the world. My work is inspired by the world around me.
My goal is to make beautiful reminders of the places that they identify with - y
Everyone loves to talk about where they live, where they have visited, and where they want to go next. Location is what binds our experiences together - our own journey as we travel from one place to the next, as well as our collective experience, as we share the physical world with one another.
Each piece is created by developing a series of layers, each layer being a unique component with its own intended purpose for the whole. The number of layers varies per piece and is dependent on the intended result, and is anywhere between 1-7 separate pieces.
Every layer is a hand-drawn painting or drawing that is built up independently, utilizing various artistic mediums (acrylic paint, colored pencil, watercolor, oil pastel, etc) in a way that makes them essential to every other part. The colors chosen are not representative of any statistic or data point - they are an emotional/artistic representation. All of my work is based off of real geography. I try to include all the major roadways and natural features, but keep in mind - it is abstracted - Not going for realism. :)
These layers are then each scanned and rendered as separate files which are combined to make a single final piece. This virtual file is then edited using digital illustration applications, merging the tangible world (drawings) with the new technology of our era. The final piece is then produced as a high-quality print.
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Each one of our pieces is created by developing a series of hand-drawn layers, with its own intended purpose for the whole. Each layer is a sketch, painting or drawing that is made independently, using various artistic mediums in a way that makes it compliment the other layers. These layers are then digitally combined to make a single final piece. The final piece is then produced as a high-quality print on paper or canvas. To read more, go to: https://www.carlandcartography.com/creative-process
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