We invited Berlin photographer Ana Santl into our private London art studio for the day, to see what daily life is like for a traditional globemaker. We do not usually allow visitors as the smallest mistake can set an artist or maker back weeks in work. To make globes requires concentration, patience and a steady hand.
Each globe is made bespoke to order, by hand cutting strips of the paper map called gores. The paper is then wet and stretched without ripping, rippling or overlapping across a sphere. Once all the pieces of the map are on the globe, a watercolour artist painstakingly hand paints the map in fine detail. It takes between a few weeks to a few months depending on the size of the globe and the amount of added personalisation the customer has requested. You can see more of the process in our last post here.
Our globes are made in the same way there were hundreds of years ago, by hand cutting strips of the paper map called gores
It’s worth noting that we physically make and paint the globes the same way as hundreds of years ago but instead of using a printing press and engraving our map onto plates to print we use computers to do the cartography.