Maps

paper people

I’m so glad to finally have my crafts back.  I was simply drooling over my beloved paper stash, but alas all crafts will need to wait until other things are done.  (My sister on the other hand kept reminding me what a crazy person I am for having so many storage bins of crafty materials! — Seriously though, it could be a problem!)

I just love it when people get crafty with paper products.  Upon seeing the work of Peter Clark, I was instantly inspired and wishing I was clever enough to “re-fashion” a map and make stuff like him.  Check it out:

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mapping it out

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of maps (and charts and graphs).  So when I found Worldmapper, I pretty much thought it was the cat’s meow.  As stated on their website, “Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, using equal area cartograms where territories are re-sized on each map according to a particular variable.”  Just about any variable you could think to ask: import exports, gender, literacy, disaster, communication, religion — you name it, they have a map for it.  I have no idea why I enjoy statistical information gathered and then presented in a colorful manner, but I do.  And they have several animated maps as well – even better.

And speaking of maps.  I would love to hang this one all a wall somewhere.  The colors are quite pleasing and the size/scale just perfect.  See more here.

I would also love to have a series of these maps as well.  (There’s much more to be discovered over there too!)

It would be easy to put this map many places: dining room, child’s room, my pretend studio.