David suggested that I could look at this issue of Eye Magazine. Joost Grootens has some really nice delicate maps done. He uses embroidery on the maps, which was something that I did consider at the beginning.
Cute Illustration book of different countries in the world I found in the library
The Art of Mapping at The Air Gallery (2011)
The idea of the world may be common to all societies; but different societies have very distinct ideas of the world and how it should be represented.
As the products of both art and science, maps are often fascinating interpretations of the perceived world. They are about data and spatial awareness, but also about money, empire and discovery. They tend to reveal more about the mapmakers than the lands they chronicle. Mr Brotton may fall short of providing the promised “history of the world”, but he offers plenty of good reasons to see old maps as windows to lost times.
A History of the World in Twelve Maps. By Jerry Brotton
Reena Saini Kallat created this large installation piece with varieties of different wires and alongside the installation there is a 10 minute audio loop.
I was suggested to look at Paula Scher’s work in my last tutorial.
These are some hand painted acrylic maps by Paula Scher. Imagine the time, patience and concentration in painting each of those maps!
“But that GPS Lady who verbally gives you directions is only concerned about getting you from here to there in the quickest, most efficient way possible. She cares nothing for the “blue highways,” as writer William Least Heat-Moon calls them — the small, forgotten, out-of-the-way roads (which were drawn in blue on the old-time Rand McNally road atlas) where you’re likely to encounter the things you didn’t plan on: a remote nature reserve, an encounter with a bear, or even a great diner that serves an exceptional piece of pie.
GPS Lady doesn’t understand when you don’t follow her instructions and reprimands you with a stern word of “recalculating” when you venture off her chosen route.”
“But by never taking a wrong turn or never feeling that heart-pounding thump when you believe for a moment that you’re totally lost in a strange land takes away from how we’ll experience adventure in the future. Adventure will no longer be in the journey but solely in the destination.”