NewWorldCartography

Originally designed, hand-drawn and colored maps.

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Travis Folk

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About NewWorldCartography

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Originally designed and hand-drawn maps, made in the South.

New World Cartography creates originally-designed, hand–colored and hand-drawn maps. Each map is imbued with history, tradition, sporting pursuits and culinary preferences. Based in Green Pond and Charleston SC, it is a collaboration between Travis Folk, a wildlife biologist, and Tony Waters, a classically trained artist.

Travis is the son of a forester who produced hand-drawn maps of private plantations for land management in the 1980s. It was these utilitarian land maps and Tony’s aesthetic eye that inspired them to resurrect this art of spatial information. The pair realized originally designed maps weren’t available in the digital 21st century and they sought to revive the art of traditional cartography for a modern landscape.

The maps start as celebrations of places and themes and informed by experiences. The process begins with hours of research that is then portrayed as ink-work on the blank page. At times, the detail requires a magnifying glass during drawing. Coloration and development of color palettes comes from the desire to accentuate cartographic features with gradated organic hues.

From conception, research and design in Green Pond, to ink-work and coloration in Charleston and printing in Savannah, NWC maps are the product of Lowcountry artisans.

The collection of maps showcase places like Charleston, Washington, New York, the Caribbean, Palmetto Bluff and more. Other themes include upland game birds, waterfowl flyways, bird dogs, Kentucky bourbon distilleries and oysters.

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  • Travis Folk

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    A wildlife biologist by day and cartographer by night, I turned my passion for and knowledge of maps into a business in 2015. I spend every spare moment taking care of and enjoying the land I grew up on in Green Pond, SC with my wife and daughters.

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