Vintage items always make the perfect gifts, stylish and unique they seem to stand out especially books that we can’t help scrolling through every so often. While some wonderful items have been sold as gifts from ImpalaPrints so many more are now on sale too. That’s what ImpalaPrints is all about, finding something unique and beautiful that we never expected.
One of the greatest things about the summer season is long walks in the countryside; our lovely vintage nature books are an ideal guide & would make a perfect gift. For example this 1950s beautiful red bird book ‘Bird Spotting’ with over 200 illustrations of beautiful quality. Or something rarer in this book ‘Birds of the British Isles’ with some beautiful full page illustrations.
Or why not capitulate a moment with one of our beautiful nature prints some of which are over 130 years old. Our ornithological prints range from common garden birds to game birds and more exotic ones such as parrots. If your lucky you will also spot our spectacular prints of our shier creatures such as this wonderful print of a Fallow Dear.
Be sure also to check our macrame handmade hangers that have seen great success so far.
All can be found at our Etsy Shop HERE
Posted just now on my Etsy shop ‘ImpalaPrints’ my completed and framed heart shape map home décor item is available now.
The inspiration for this particular print comes partially from a love and interest in the world around me be it the natural or human. This work also combines with the concept of a map not just as a tool but also as something beautiful in its own right. Indeed when looking at maps I have always imagined the rivers, roads and railways as the veins in one giant organism.
The Item itself
Printed on beautifully textured thick 300gsm paper the bright colours give it a lively loving feel perfect to liven up any room or study. The print is framed in a matt black wooden frame that is strong, practical and stylishly attractive.
This item would make a perfect gift to show your appreciation and love for your friends, lover or family, an Ideal item for wedding gifts housewarmings. Produced with love and care from us at ImpalaPrints why not gift yourself and warm up your home this Christmas, after all home is where the heart is !
If your Interested you can buy them through Etsy, using secure Etsy / Paypal checkout: Here
Carto-Fauna is the name I have given to these new pieces of artwork outline specific animals making for great home décor items.
The use of the maps lines, the road houses and symbols reflect in there composition the animal, rather akin to their complicated internal structure. I enjoy the idea of using cartographical methods to representing something more than a simple navigation. The artwork highlights the hidden life, in this case the fauna that can easily be overlooked in life.
This week I’ve taken a rest from producing my art and focused on the vintage side of ImpalaPrints!
Exploring thrift shops and bookshops is something I enjoy very much and last week I lucked upon a few really interesting Gems!
The first is a beautiful and very old book published in 1877 covering the rise of the Macedonian Empire which in itself was rather interesting. On further inspection however it seems the item was sent during the war to a British prisoner of war in German, see the pictures below.
It’s great to find an Item with so much history, you can’t help but in some weird way feel connected to that anonymous serviceman who received this book
Other items I found are available to view on my Etsy page here, but are discussed below.
This is one of dickens most famous novels in this case in beautiful blue and published as a centenary celebration edition in the 1920s. The Book includes illustrations of major characters and interactions and would thus make a great gift.
A wonderful old item this one that needs a loving home!
Beautiful vintage copy of William Wordsworths Poetical works in this pristine copy produced in 1895. Indeed this beautiful Item would make a perfect and unique Christmas gift with great historical prevalence at 119 years old. Perfect for any fan of poetry!
Beautifully illustrated Scottish Song book with about 300 pages of vintage sheet music, published in 1897. If you look through the pictures provided you will see the extensive nature of this item.
Wonderful book from 1941 Alexei Tolstoy’s Road to Calvary produced during the Second World War in England. This item would make a great little vintage gift for a loved one.
Carto- fawna is a group of artwork that I’ve already somewhat started but not yet completed or fully conceptualised my ideas. It’s an idea of using maps and mapping techniques to form recognisable shapes in this case, as the name suggests animals.
Watch this space!
Dear blog readers…
I apologise for last week’s rather short entry I was in a rush to complete other things in my suddenly hectic list of things to do!!!
If you gave been keeping up with my other blog entries you will know that I’ve been working heavily with the concept of the city as a beating heart. Much in the same way as the mathematical fractal concept I have scaled up the shape of the human heart and mapped the city upon it.
After working with this concept for some time I am very happy to see it come to fruition, below are two of the finally mounted Prints.
The first, drawn last week is in a classic and stylish looking black and white whilst the newer one incorporates a finer for intricate style. Although this was partly a natural progression in my drawing technique it symbolises well the city of night and daytime.
The second image shows the open city of the daytime detailed warm and colourful, intricate in all its detail. Both images emphasise the restless State of the metropolis as an organ of movement, to stop would be unthinkable.
Here they are nicely framed with a stylish wood frame ready for wall mounting making a fantastic addition to any study or office.
As we are in the subject of maps I would like to take some time to highlight to you these beautiful items in my Etsy Shop.
These vintage Geological Map Prints of the UK are stunning the use of colour symbolising differing rock structures would make a lovely framed item for a study
See them on etsy here
For my next project I want to look at something different, using the skills I have gained from previous projects to map landscapes or cityscapes that actually exist. Using my love of satellite imagery and sites such as google maps I want to create a piece that bridges the gap between a real places and fantasy.