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Do You Know the Way to Cape Cod Bay?

Michelle Murdoch hand-printed this map using an old-fashioned letterpress.

She may be a west coast native but Michelle Murdock of Tahoe City, California, owner of Quail Lane Press, was inspired to create this gorgeous map of Cape Cod by memories of the fun times she enjoyed on the east coast during her college years. Drawing upon her background in both science and art, she hand-drew it from a 1950s geologic map of the area. That drawing was created into a relief plate which then was used to make this old-fashioned letterpress beauty. Michelle hand-tinted the shoreline with watercolor. I love the combination of turquoise and mustard. It’s just so pleasing to the eye. Each of Michelle’s maps is signed, dated and numbered. This one measures 12″x16″ and is $58. I liked it so much that I bought one for myself. Mine is number 26 in a limited-edition series that’s available through Etsy.

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