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June 21, 2008
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Jeita pp18-19 by Majnouna Jeita pp18-19 by Majnouna
Man I love this spread!
This is a map of the grotto as drawn up in 1950 by Albert Anavy. It only represents half the grotto, as it's only in 1954 that Sami Karkabi reached the very end (I am by the way going to meet this wonderful gentleman so he can double-check the info in the book :D I'm so awed.) The main expeditions and how far they reached are represented with the little flags. The geological features mentioned in the book are shown as well, but in reality there are dozens of them, all with exotic names.
The grotto started getting really famous in the 50s, and features on our 1-pound note (now a rarity, but I happen to have kept a handful of now-defunct notes form my childhood) as well as stamps form the period (these are from my collection as well).

Other than the text, which was added in InDesign, the map is shot as is, including the note and stamps. I textured a piece of grey canson, cut out the cave and glued it over layers of mulberry paper (double blue for the water, blue and yellow for the green outside). Featured were painted in with acrylics. The flags were printed and attached to matchsticks, stuck in polymer clay bases. The note and stamps were simply placed over it for the shoot, and I tried different placements for them.
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jeriweaver Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, that looks fantastic!
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks dear!
cedrus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Awesome spread. At first glance, looks like a battle plan.

question, is there going to be any mention of the cave superieure/cave inferieure?
(Just for personal knowledge that is)
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes of course :)
redchinese Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Student General Artist
i'd love the see this in real life and from other views too! :)
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
So would I!
nicosnas Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Wow. How much time did it take you for this section?

And how old is Anavy nowadays? Eighty?
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Anavy passed away in 99 :(
This one took a few hours, not as long as it looks.
seifertacko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Perfect..super talented u are...WOAH!
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
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