All original work is hand made and hand cut.
The stamp pieces are created by using past and present, new and used stamps. Some stamps date back as far as pre 1900s! With one stamp from Argentina clearly postmarked 1880!
Depending on image and post mark, where possible, stamps have been placed in the relevant areas of the countries.
As with the iconic brand artwork, all labels used are from original packaging, carefully and meticulously hand cut, using all parts of the packaging.
To cut all the pieces, Mel wraps a pivoting blade knife around her finger that rotates 360 degrees and allows for the precision she is looking for.
Once the finished map or landmark is cut by hand, the original piece is attached to acid free mount board and then professionally photographed at a very high resolution. This enables each piece to be printed extrememely accurately as well as enlarged considerably without loosing any clarity.
The best quality Giclee printing has been used to create excellent prints of each piece.
All pieces (apart from two Open Editions) have a Limited Edition of either 50 or 75 (please see each individual piece for edition number), in two sizes, signed and printed on the best quality Fine Art paper.
Two British Isles pieces, 'the Machin Isles and the Wilding Isles', are being printed as a Signed, Open Edition, still on top quality Italian Fine Art paper.
PAPER & INK
Hahnemuhle German Etching Fine Art Paper is 100% cotton rag (which is a renewable source), it is an acid free archival paper at 310gsm.
Somerset Velvet Fine Art Paper is also a 100% cotton rag, acid free and 250gsm.
The papers are acid free to enable preservation of the prints and are 100% cotton rag for long term durability.
They have a radiant white, velvety surface for vivid colour, as well as rich details and accurate reproduction.
These fine art papers are engineered to give you the highest resolution and colour saturation possible, resulting in a long-lasting top quality, accurate print.
Excellent quality archival, pigment inks are used for printing the best possible, Giclee Fine Art prints.
Giclee prints have an archival life expectancy of up to 90 years on display and 200 years in dark storage.
The printing company Mel uses is accredited to the Fine Art Trade Guild.
They ensure their prints are tested to meet the standards of the Guild to continue their accreditation and high standard of printing.