Inspired by the Bristol A to Z and local Ordnance Survey maps, Anna Francis is a printmaker exploring contours, rivers and roads they feature.
An artist using traditional and digital methods, Anna is selling a limited edition giclee print of Cheddar Gorge through Bristol24/7 and Hidden Gallery.
Anna’s artistic journey started with a photography degree at Nottingham Trent University, before moving to Bristol in 1997 as a freelance photographer. She then completed a postgraduate diploma in Interactive Art at Bath Spa University, where she discovered an interest in digital design and maps.
“I first made maps as stencils when I got together with a group of friends about 18 years ago,” says Anna. “We formed D*Frost and had several shows around the South West and one in London. That’s when I really got into it.”
Anna stills live in Bristol, over 20 years later: “I live in Bedminster, a stone’s throw from North Street, which I love. I sell work through Casper, which is one of many great shops along the street.”
The artist talks through the process of creating her map designs, describing how she chooses a location and finds the best reference, before drawing the piece in Photoshop. Anna then prints it onto art paper and uses gold paint and a polish to finish the piece with a high shine.
Anna has had several notable moments throughout her artistic career. “I really enjoyed being part of the Made In Bristol team – selling my work through and doing shifts in their pop-up shops. I also had my work chosen to be on the front cover of Bristol Through Maps, a book by Jeff Bishop.”
Looking to the future, Anna is “about to start a commission of an area in France that I’m looking forward to doing, as it will feature a golden lake.” She also hopes to learn how to screen-print so she can produce larger pieces of work.
Throughout this, she continues to create beautiful pieces of art mapping Bristol, the city she lives in and loves.
Buy a limited edition giclee print of Cheddar Gorge at: www.b247.squarespace.com/artist-of-the-month-july-2019. 50 per cent of proceeds will go towards Better Bristol.