I was asked by the US Coast Guard to design a map to be given out to local mariners in an effort to strengthen the current relationship between the Coast Guard and boaters. They wanted it to have an authentic Boston-rooted feel but still have the information be accurate. I chose to make the anchorage points of the Boston Harbor the main focus of the piece, to highlight shared aspects between mariners and the USCG. The map is fully to scale and true to the information it provides. It is 100% hand-drawn and screen printed in small runs. The piece is meant to have a vintage and ephemeral look and feel, not meant for actual navigation, although would work if no other resources were available.
The maps were hand printed on cotton muslin and finished with pearled edges and hand-punched grommets. The labels on the packaging were printed on paper end sheets from old books from the early 1900’s.
Trevor Denman, photography
Sarah Buxton, sewing
Pioneer Goods Co, storefront where these maps were photographed, and can be purchased