I love maps. I’m always thrilled to have the excuse of a story that just NEEDS a map at the front (because honest, nobody knows what India looks like, or England, so we have to put one in there, right?)
Anyway, when I was in London in May, I was headed to the Victoria & Albert to look at Victorian underwear (well, outerwear too) and because sometimes it’s easier to take one line on the Underground than hassle with changing lines in the stations, I was walking a fairly meandering route through the streets when I passed a store with…
Maps. And more than maps: the most gorgeously delectable and intricately decorated map these eyes have ever set upon.
The Map House, in collaboration with the V&A, handed over an 1816 map of London to an Icelandic artist, who did this:
Isn’t it just mouth-watering? Her name is Kristjana S. Williams, and if I had endless boodle, I’d cover my walls in her wallpaper
Though in the meantime, at least I have her map.
(Hmm. You think people would pay a couple dollars extra for a novel with a color print map in the front…?)