DESIGNED BY NATURE CRAFTED BY HAND
"WE WANTED SOMETHING TO REMIND US OF OUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT. BUT WITH 'LEAVE NO TRACE', YOU REALLY CAN'T BRING BACK A PIECE. ERIN'S INTRICATE RECREATION OF TOPO MAPS GAVE US A REALLY ARTISTIC WAY TO REMEMBER WHERE WE'VE BEEN."
— Bruce Ken, Trail Guide
Through our work, we aim to capture and celebrate the beauty of the natural world. We create highly accurate, one-of-a-kind topographic maps out of thin sheets of cherry and maple wood.
In early 2018, Erin started Squirrel Hill Design and Craft – in no small part influenced and informed by her father’s sprawling collection of 7.5″ printed topographic maps.
Erin combines Cartography, Graphic Design, and Woodworking – cutting each layer of wood one-by-one before stacking and adhering them by hand. This process reveals the true-to-life elevation of the landscape.
Jono is the other half of Squirrel Hill and has been professionally picture framing since 2013. He uses all acid-free, archival quality materials in his picture framing practices and techniques.
With deep understanding and reverence, we strive to honor the places that tell our stories through our work everyday.
"ERIN'S MAPS ARE INCREDIBLE AND TRULY A WORK OF ART! THE MATERIALS SHE USES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND HER ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS AMAZING. ERIN HAS IMPECCABLE TASTE AND A REAL TALENT FOR WOODWORKING AND DESIGN. MY HUSBAND AND I WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE SEVERAL OF ERIN'S PIECES AND CAN ATTEST TO THE VERY HIGH QUALITY OF HER WORK."
— Colleen Kim, Archivist