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Britt Ford

Hoboken, New Jersey

Britt Ford is an artist working and living in Hoboken, New Jersey. The medium she works in is all her own—a unique combination of modern cartography and illustration utilizing a heat-embossing technique.

 She does the thermographic embossing in small batches by hand at her studio at Chambord Place, 38 Jackson St. D504, Hoboken. All her pieces are on 100% recycled paper with most coming in frames that she sources from local antique and thrift stores and that she refinishes as needed. The vintage frames include custom glass and mats.

Britt began her career as an artist after graduating from Dickinson College where she took multiple art classes and received a degree in economics. She decided she wanted a job that combined her creativity and business sense. Ever since she was a child, she imagined owning her own company and after a job in the fashion industry at Jude Connally, she started BRITT FORD, specializing in stationery and then later on maps and illustration. Unimpressed with the conventional two-dimensional maps on the market, she decided to re-invent the print cartography industry with the use of heat embossing—a craft typically done with pre-made stamps. Britt was able to use her computer knowledge and began vectorizing her own images so they could be thermographically embossed.

When creating a new series Britt first researches online to decide what people are most interested in as well as for seasonal ideas. She does much of her work on commission. When designing a custom piece for a client, she examines their needs, budget, aesthetic, and produces several mock-ups that they can choose from. Britt is always in constant communication with her clients when creating custom work. She combines her aesthetic with her customers tastes and tests out different designs on top of adding other mediums to her thermography such as watercolor and pigment dye to name a few.

Britt is proud that she is doing something that no one else is doing today. She is continually experimenting and coming up with new styles, likely due to her medium being so new and that she gets to decide on her own aesthetic. She is fusing her two favorite styles—traditional with the gold and architecture, and modern abstract with the three-dimensional nature and obscure lines.

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