After lots of great advice from museum curators, historic house directors, historians, interior designers and my mother, I’ve come up with a final draft of the Toile de Baltimore.
We have found out that the original Toile de Baltimore/Maryland that we found was most likely produced by one of the local department stores in the late 1940’s, probably as part of an anniversary of some type. With some advice, we’ve changed it up a bit and added two new buildings in place of two that were on the original piece. We got rid of the Maryland State House (left bottom) and the Francis Scott Key monument (middle left). In their place, we added Homewood House, on the campus of the Johns Hopkins Universityand the Pagoda in Patterson Park, which looks out Baltimore’s harbour to the Chesapeake Bay. Next, I found some Photoshop brushes that mimic clouds and painted the background of the print with those. I divided that layer in half and then flipped it to make a mirror image.
I am almost at the final part of this, seeing how it looks as a large repeat and deciding how large or small I want to make the buildings. Once we finalize that, we will send some files to Spoonflower and see what we get!