Inspiration images for map-based artwork
August 23, 2011 10:14 PM Subscribe
Can you suggest some inspiration pictures for artwork involving old maps?
posted by lollusc to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I recently picked up about 10 huge old maps our geography dept at university was throwing out. They are totally useless to me or anyone I know as maps because they are things like detailed maps of mines in very specific parts of australia, or hiking maps for places no one I know what ever go, or maps covering very tiny uninhabited parts of Antarctica. The details are not very interesting, and just framing them seems kind of pointless.
But they are pretty, on a sort of "stand back and squint your eyes" large scale.
So I'd like to turn some of them into art of some sort. I don't want to wallpaper a room or a wall. I will use some for wrapping paper or similar, but I'd also like to make stuff I'd put on my wall, and/or decoupage a table top.
But when I google for inspiration, most of what I find looks really not that great. I like the idea of painting a simple image using a map as a canvas, but I'm not finding very many examples of this, and what I do find, I don't really like, or have been painted quite amateurishly. I am hoping someone here has links to interesting or good-looking examples of this sort of thing.
As for the decoupage, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for that, please let me know!