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The Marketplace

Atlas & I


Sophie Kirkpatrick

3D Design

Horrified by the cost of living in London, Sophie decided to make personalised Christmas gifts for family and friends using antique maps, old wallpaper, greeting cards and wrapping paper.

Her beautiful handmade framed silhouettes were soon in demand, and Sophie began to receive word-of-mouth orders for her distinctive wall art.

In 2011, she realised her work had universal appeal and launched ATLAS & I – a boutique brand offering a range of unique gifts as well as bespoke commissions. Working with local suppliers, Sophie’s product range now includes personalised vintage map notebooks, diaries, photo albums, iPad covers and passport holders using customised printed leather. 

Sophie trades via her online store, notonthehighstreet.com, homecandy.com and UK-wide events – including Hampton Court Flower Show, Spirit of Summer and Spirit of Christmas – as well as pop-up shops and boutique markets in London.

Interest in ATLAS & I is steadily growing, and the company has been featured in publications spanning You magazine, Country LifeStylist magazine, and Absolute Bridal.

In 2013 her iconic artwork, Traffic Silhouette over a vintage map of central London was chosen by Ikea to reproduce as a poster available worldwide from August 2014. 

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can – and don’t be afraid to ask questions.