“Be Where Your Hands Are”, a hand map

“Be Where Your Hands Are”


I used a copper sheet for the base since engraved copper maps began appearing in the 16th century. I traced my hands and used metal embossing techniques to create the texture and relief. (as in “topo” relief maps) I used photos that I had of my hands from the time I was a baby until now & enclosed them in the bottle caps. I wanted to create a map of my life from birth to now and to show that wherever I was during my life so far, that is where my hands were too – thus the saying “Be Where Your Hands Are”. The spinner is symbolic of a compass rose.

© Deedee Hampton 2012