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Somehow recently I see maps all sorts of places, used in very new and inspiring ways.. (must be my desire to travel, though most of them incorporate NYC, my favorite City ever). Look how incredible these are.               via papertastebuds.

two MN_BX

Karen O'Leary literally cuts out the lines of actual maps to create a grid. That is craftsmenship at it’s finest.

manhattan, in pen and paperBut also her pen and ink versions are gorgeous. Graphic, and modern. I just ordered one for my house (will look great with my Agnes Martins). Karen says she's inspired to take the ordinary and elevating it to something more beautiful using simple methods. She's clearly succeeding. Take a look at the other maps available at her etsy shop. And, she'll even custom make a map for your City !

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close up of Brooklyn/Manhattan cut out

1 close up of Brooklyn/Manhattan cut out

detail cut out

2 detail cut out

chicago cut out

3 chicago cut out

melbourne cut out

4 melbourne cut out

more melbourne cut out

5 more melbourne cut out

melbourne pen and paper

6 melbourne pen and paper

paris pen and paper

7 paris pen and paper


I also love these by Gail Biederman. Embroidered onto linen and paper and even as  wall installations. So beautiful.


On a more utilitarian note, I recently bought this Muji hankie. I’m thinking of using it as a fabric and sewing something with it ... maybe a pillow ?! Or then again they would make fun napkins to go along with these paper placemats. And then while I eat, I can stare at the map and dream of all the places I will go .... in my favorite City ever. Happy travels.

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paper place mats from

1 paper place mats from

a wall sticker available at

2 a wall sticker available at

a very sweet map for a kid's room

3 a very sweet map for a kid's room

Comments (2)

  • Interesting post today! These are fantastic! My sweet and incredibly talented friend, Melinda Laz, is a printmaker in Denver, Colorado. She has produced a number of collagraph and relief prints of aerial views of places she has lived or visited. Check out her website at: (Click on Gallery and then look at her 2008 and 2007 portfolios. Truly amazing work!!)

  • This is really, really cool :-)

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