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Q: What Is "Cartography"?
A: Cartography is the study and practice of making maps. We like maps because they are tangible representations of specific locations. Carland Cartography creates abstract drawings of street maps. We change the focus of a map from a tool to a story. We aren’t just selling art prints- we are providing personalized biographies to each one of our customers. We are invoking nostalgia, recalling a sense of belonging and self-identity. The finished pieces of artwork can serve as reminders of the locations that make your life story special and different from anyone else.
Q: What Sizes Are Available?
A: Almost everything is available in the following sizes: 8x10”, 11x14”, 16x20” and 24x30”. Some of our work is available larger- up to 58x73” but unfortunately, not everything can be enlarged bigger than 24x30” without losing image integrity.
Q: Do you sell “original” work?
A: Unlike traditional artistic methods of creating work on a single surface, our work is created by combining separate hand-drawn sketches. The sketches are made using a variety of artistic mediums and we plan all of the sketches to be used together as a unit to create the intended result. So, there are no “originals” in the conventional sense. Each sketch is essential to the final product, but is NOT intended to stand alone as finished work and is not sold. Click here to read more about our creative process.
Q: What Product Lines Are Available?
A: We Offer Several Different Product Lines, with Over 50 Abstract Maps to Choose From
A selection of (30) abstract pieces that illustrate some of the Boston region's most exciting neighborhoods- including Cambridge, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and much more!
A selection of (20) abstract pieces, representative of large American cities such as Philadelphia, San Antonio and Chicago. Inspired by the life of my brother, this series was created to illustrate the locations that represent important milestones in his life.
A selection of (5) abstract views of Manhattan; including Lower Manhattan, Central Park, Midtown, Upper East Side and a broader view of Manhattan peninsula.
Our newest product line, showing (10) American cities that have a prominent cycling subculture. Some locations included in this series are Brooklyn NY, Austin TX and Long Beach CA.
Click the link above to view our selection of 13 different Pittsburgh neighborhood prints.These prints are perfect for Steel City fans- near and far.
A selection of work made for events, requests and other situations that don't fall into our typical product categories.
Q: How can I be included in special offers and promotions?
A: We sometimes offer special offers and promotions for our subscribers. In order to get access to these offers, please sign up to our mailing list so you can save money on your next order.
Q: I like this, but can I get it in a different color?
A: Each piece is drawn by hand using various artistic media. Because of our process, colors cannot be easily changed. If you want a particular piece in a particular color, we have to start the process from the beginning and it is considered a custom order.
Q: How long does each piece take to make?
A: Each piece takes approx.10 weeks to make. Its a slow process, but we think the results are worth the time invested.
Q: I live in a small apartment with NO wallspace! Do you sell other merchandise?
A: We are working on a new line of merchandise options for your home or office. Including clothing, phone cases, pillows, mugs, greeting cards, zippered pouches and more! These make great options for holiday baskets, wedding guest favors, graduation gifts and other special occasions. They also make GREAT housewarming gifts! Stay tuned.
Q: I’m a retailer. Do you have a wholesale option?
A: Yes! We are happy to provide wholesale options to retailers nationwide. A minimum order of $450 is required for all new wholesale orders. Contact us to gain access to our wholesale catalog- A Valid EIN is required.
Q: I love your work but I don’t see my neighborhood. Can I have a custom order made?
A: Yes! We can do a personalized map of anywhere on the globe, just keep in mind some places have more “visual appeal” than others. Check out our Custom Orders page for detailed information.
Q: Are all your prints archival quality?
A: Yes, the items sold on this site are archival. They should last a long, long time.
Q: Can I pick up my purchase rather than having it shipped?
A: Unfortunately no customer pick-ups are available at this time. Please read our shipping policy for pricing and details.
Q: Do you have a storefront I can visit?
A: We don't have a retail store, but our studio is usually open every first Saturday from 12-5pm. If there is something you would like to discuss with us in-person, that is the best chance of doing so. Please check the Western Avenue Studios website for more information.
Q: What options are available for corporations/businesses?
A: Browse our current product lines for an option that suits your needs or have a map custom made for your space! We have our work in corporate board rooms, start-ups, real estate offices, non-profits and more. Let us help you find the perfect solution. Contact us for more information.
Q: What happens if I order a print online but change my mind when it arrives?
A: All of our work is NON-REFUNDABLE. That means we don't give refunds for any reason. Please read our Returns & Exchanges page for more information.
Q: Where Else Can I Find You Online?
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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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