Monday, March 24, 2008

Elisabeth Lecourt Map-Wear

In one of my very earliest Cartophilia posts, I commented on maps as art, by highlighting the clothing-art work of paper sculpture artist Jennifer Collier. Yet another maps-clothing-artist comes to my attention:

Elizabeth Lecourt uses maps to sculpt clothing. In the October 5, 2005 issue of Step Inside Design Magazine, Mary Fitcher said:
... Technically she's not a fashion designer, however, Elisabeth Lecourt (a French student of art in England) is turning heads with her intriguing line of map-wear. She folds and cuts individual maps by region to produce clothes not to be worn but rather hung. To date she has pressed and ironed 60 pieces of faux garments, mostly pleated parochial dresses and button-down shirts made out of modern maps. Universal by nature, her work is popular wherever shown...

Thanks to Ms. Cartophiliac for pointing me in the direction of this cartographic artist.

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At Wednesday, April 02, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Italian designer Alviero Martini has been producing bags and all sorts of leather goods with maps printed on them for well over 10 years. These items are so popular that you can find cheap imitations in plastic in many street markets

At Wednesday, April 02, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...


At Wednesday, April 02, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Ah, here we go:

This begs the question... if it is practical, ie functional, like a handbag, is it still art?


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