I created a map of Topsham which is was exhibited at Topsham Museum as part of their ‘Mapping Topsham’ exhibition in October 2014.
I created the map from a tracing of an historic map of Topsham, which I then adapted to make it more up to date.
After painting in the blue sections – inspired by the use of this colour throughout the town, and it’s nautical heritage – I took up my dip pen and inked phrases linked to Topsham’s past and present over the blue, weaving the words together with flourishes.
In place of traditional map symbols to signify places of interest, like churches, I decided to make my own symbols to represent some of Topsham’s independent shops and businesses, such as the legendary Cheese Shop, and the historic Topsham Pharmacy.
(Apologies for the fact that I forgot to take any photos before the map went into the frame!)