Growing up, I nursed a pretty healthy crush on a boy who was majorly into geology. He was always talking about hiking, mountains and rocks, so I took it upon myself to learn about all those things. While all the hard work never really paid off, I did leave that phase of my life with a real love for cartography. I ended up taking a few classes in college and still have a hard time passing up beautiful maps in antique stores. While I’m always hunting for the perfect map for my home (I’m looking for one that covers the southeastern region of West Virginia, where I went to summer camp), I love seeing maps used in artwork and craft projects. I know some people don’t like maps cut up and repurposed, but after coming across so many abused and discarded maps over the years, I’m happy to find any old map get a new life in a happy home.
These prints from Jason at LaFerrera are made from historic maps that pertain to a matching state. I’m partial to the Virginia Red Fox above, but there’s a nice selection to choose from right here. In addition, Jason just finished a Red Crowned Crane print made from maps of Japan. All of the proceeds from this print go toward helping the tsunami/earthquake victims in Japan via the Red Cross. Click here to check out the full selection of prints and shop online ($40–$250 each). xo, grace
Speaking of snakes, did you hear about the escaped cobra at the Bronx Zoo? Crazy.