Continuing on from my previous interview about the UK Map, I decided to delve a little bit deeper into some of my favourite bits and pieces from it, starting with one of the UK’s most iconic costal destinations, ‘Skegness’ and why I decided upon it being the perfect destination to place one of the UK’s favourite dishes, that being Fish and Chips:
B: So its in Skegness, but why there? was it something that you placed there because it fit there? or because you felt it was the most iconic place to place it? Its a very seaside area, which there is plenty of UK-wide.
H: Isn’t it something you can find anywhere?
B: It is, but the thing I think people associate that with is the coast generally, its a very British thing but its also something that comes from there.
H: Sure, i mean after all its fish! There could have been many places I could have put it but I mean here It was just really in terms of composition. I just thought well, theres this space and I also like slightly overlapping things, ensuring that things are all just next to each other is important to my work, making it a more three dimensional visual so that more depth is achieved. Theres also an element of continuity i wanted to achieve with Margret Thatcher near Lincoln Cathedral which is parallel to the Fish and Chips and Vinegar, with the little Union jack sticking out on a toothpick from the chip infront of the lady holding the bowling ball. I kind of wanted to give people the visual tick to allow them to understand that theres a method to it, ensuring icons are surrounded by icons that work together in context.
B: So it was not only you felt it was the appropriate place but that it works in the context of everything thats around it, you like it there.
H: I think so! I mean nobody would question the placement of Fish and Chips at Skegness in terms of accuracy but in terms of the layout I think it just made sense there. I knew thats the spot where i wanted to have it, it was just about stringing together the narrative in a way that makes sense.
B: What would you say was your favourite bit of the south coast? Excluding London.
H: Initially I’d like to say Cornwall because theres a lot of little different things going on when it comes to scale and interest. I’ve always quite liked Bournemouth, with the iconic pier sticking out which makes it in a way really striking, but then you have more naturalistic things going on that don’t resemble landmarks and more reside to small towns and places with broad yet british visual elements, sloping streets, cobblestoned paths which actually works quite nice with the topography which is on the map which was an interesting thing to touch on.
B: Anything else that peaks your interest along the south coast?
H: Theres something similar with Clovelly, which is a fishing village in the North Devonshire coast, it gets very steep towards the sea which works very well with the topography again here so I placed the village with houses representing the place looking down onto the sea, so its on the map but yet it almost works like a photograph. Its similar here with St. Ives in Cornwall, Newquay and even somewhere like Broadstairs when you could put also little street scenes and even depict beaches here. Ive done something similar in Wales, which hasn’t been scanned yet unfortunately due to not being able to use the computer currently.
B: would you say that Wales was quite a tricky area for getting the density of drawings?
H: Not so much, I do have quite a lot of things at the moment for Wales waiting to be applied in, Wales has so much topography going on so maybe I don’t even need to be so generous as theres a larger emphasis on mountains and greenery there. Scotland is also another area which is similar here, containing smaller amounts of Iconography but a lot of emphasis on natural shape and details.
Stay tuned for a second part on this topic coming soon, talking more about Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands!