meet mark armstrong peddigrew…
…antique junkie, musicophile and adventurist. for your consideration, he presents to you three collections: one is a travelogue of one-of-a-kind, found-object design necklaces composed of antiques from around the world; another is a series of anatomical hearts, telling the trials and triumphs of the artist’s past relationships; lastly, is a return to his wanderlust ways with 'talk to me like the sea', which echoes memories of his favorite seaside towns. inspired by the rugged sensibility of a weary, yet enthralled, traveler and the wisdom and yearning of roaming writers and musical troubadours, the pieces that make up cartography are esthetically nostalgic, but with a forward twist.
it all started with…
…since 2008, mark has worked with rufus wainwright on the singer-songwriter’s past two world tours. in every city played, he made time to visit flea markets, antique fairs and estate sales, accumulating a trove of handsome charms, rustic bits and odd n sods from 5 continents, 30 countries and almost 100 cities. eventually they started to appear on chains around his neck, a travelogue of sorts that document some of the most amazing times in his life.
each of these original pieces is a vignette of art and history: at once melancholy and romantic, edgy and sexy, masculine yet sensitive – and like life, no two necklaces are the same, each standing as a unique testament to the lives they previously lived. they have all made their own journey, gathering a history, which continues on as they cross paths with their new adventurist.
realizing that the resource for the perfect charms would be finite, mark turned to molding original designs. always a storyteller, he wanted to continue in the theme established by his initial work; hence, his collection ‘in all the wrong places’, a series of anatomical hearts inspired by ex-boyfriends, passionate affairs and random flings.
both the retail and press worlds have embraced these designs and in the past few years cartography has enjoyed sell-out flash-sales on gilt.com and fab.com, aided by precious column space in l’uomo vogue, conde nast traveler, esquire, gq, men's health, out magazine and coolhunting.com; and, by being seen around the necks of joe manganiello, adam levine, jonah hill, nikolaj coster-waldau, bruno mars and ryan gosling.
this boy’s story…
…considering that his initials spell ‘map’ mark armstrong peddigrew may have been destined to be a globe-trotter. a self-professed old-soul, mark is a modern day renaissance man; educated in literature and psychology, trained in anatomy and fitness and in tune with design and esthetic. he was raised on the beautifully rugged island of newfoundland – against the wind and ice, under the rain and fog, in a place that is equal parts isolated and vibrant. perhaps it was growing up in st. john’s, the oldest city in north america, that provided the blueprint for mark’s fascination with all things antiquated. upon graduation from university, mark skipped convocation to speed his studies as a student of the world and moved to london. after 3 years, he moved to new york city, the place that always seemed like home. he has failed miserably at becoming a realist and continues in the illusive search of self.