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FOUNDED IN OUR HOME, INTENDED FOR YOURS

Founded in our tiny attic-studio in 2014, we set out to make attractive prints for the home. We hand-pull each map on acid-free, 100 lb. paper. Our paper is made with renewable energy, coming from the hydroelectric mill at the French Paper Co. We print in small batches with non-toxic acrylic ink. Hand-printing each map ensures that it passes through our hands several times before it reaches yours.

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RESEARCH DRIVEN

Neighborhoods are organic. They grow and change with each generation. We cull information from multiple sources to cross-reference each neighborhood. It may take a little longer, but we believe it's worth the wait. We always consult city data, but we pay special attention to crowd-sourced forums, blogs, and neighborhood associations. 

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NON TOXIC

Most screen printing processes, even vegetable-based inks, involve petroleum, high VOCs, and heavy solvent use. We use non-toxic water-based inks, the most eco-friendly inks available. Most of our papers are 100% recycled and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. We want you to feel confident about the products you bring into your home. 

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HAND PRINTED

After we finalize the design, we burn a silkscreen, which involves coating the screen with light-sensitive solution. Once the image is exposed, we wash out the screen, revealing the design. We love this process because it deposits a clean, tangible layer of ink onto the paper, allowing for a greater range of color and texture.

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FORM AND FUNCTION

With durable materials and conscious design, we want you to have the most elegant and accurate map possible. These maps are a jumping off point, a way to reconnect and dig in. It's your city. Time to get lost in it. 

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OUR STORY

I'm a fan of taking the long way home, getting off the beaten path, and wasting time driving around the once-booming industrial communities of our current home, Knoxville. You can tell alot about a city if you're really looking. The old neighborhood bar, the used tire lots and new coffee shops. At the same time, knowing your neighborhood means knowing your neighbors. The history of a city is found in its many voices. I found all of this out when I moved into the heart of my hometown, Dallas, in 2010. I found myself walking and riding my bike around town, making my way through side streets and small neighborhoods. A short errand would turn into an hour of exploring. After living there 22 years, I was finally captivated by the city I thought I knew so well. 

One afternoon, a friend and I sat down to map out a small neighborhood in South Dallas. Six months later, I had an accurate map of the city. Becca and I bought some paper and printed the maps by hand. We made it for our friends who loved the city as much as we did. Now, our goal is to treat every new map like our hometown. We want the old and new native to speak of their city with pride. These maps are a jumping off point, a way for you to get lost in your own town, to dig in and reconnect. All too often, maps generalize a city. We didn’t want to leave any neighborhood out. Neighborhoods are personal. We wanted to create an elegant, research-driven, hand-printed map not only for the local, but for the native. 

DAVID HARMAN is the owner and founder of Native Maps. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with an MFA in painting. The project began as a healthy distraction from studio work, almost a dare to see how well he knew his home town. He now handles the printing, research, and design for Native Maps.

REBECCA HARMAN is the other half of Native Maps. She is currently working on a masters in Soil Science from the University of Tennessee and studying the use of hand planters for smallholder farms. A mother extraordinaire and constant positive voice in the studio, she keeps things running smoothly and steps in to help with the print runs. 

David and Becca live and work in Knoxville, Tennessee with their daughter and son.

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