As you know, we only use genuine vintage escape and evade maps in our work. Up until now we have been lucky enough to find maps that are damaged or simply unwanted that we could make into something new, so retelling the story of our past. We have always said we would never reprint or reproduce the maps...

...and because of this, all good things must come to an end. We can no longer source damaged maps that we are happy to reuse and make into something new. And so, on the 6th June 2017, Home Front Vintage closed.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last few years - its been one hell of an adventure!
— Sara Jane (aka the artist formerly known as The Map Lady)

Home Front Vintage rescues genuine silk ‘escape and evasion’ maps and remakes them into beautiful gifts and accessories for people who value British heritage and provenance with a contemporary twist.

Home Front Vintage specialises in rescuing genuine ‘escape and evasion’ silk maps that pilots and Special Forces would have hidden inside their uniforms in case they needed to escape from enemy territory during WW2 and the Cold War. I use pieces of these maps and remake them into fabulous gifts and accessories; I am often asked how I print the maps onto silk; I DON’T.  All products are made from the genuine maps printed onto silk by the military during the 1940s and 1950s. 

 

The collection showcases my inspirations as I take WW2 and Cold War escape and evasion maps and rework them into new items, weaving the story into every piece I make.  Escape maps are not really about the places that they depict, but more about the idea of finding your way home.  Through my work I explore this idea of ‘staying found’ with the aim of preserving the integrity and history of the maps but making them relevant to today; thus ensuring that the story of these maps and the people who used them continues.