Easily my biggest personal project, biggest head scratching and computer breaking project to date has been a series of maps that I have created for some of the countries I’m most fascinated about. I’m quite fortunate to have travelled around a fair bit already having come from Taiwan, lived in China for a period, lived in two places in the UK and travelled around Thailand, Japan, Bali and various countries in Europe including France, Spain, Switzerland and more.
It’s this fascination and love of travelling, as well of course as a love for illustrating, that gave me the impetus to create a series of maps for not just the countries I’ve lived in but countries that I would really like to travel to as well. My biggest map to date is the first above o the United States of America. I didn’t want to do a google maps style map but rather for all of my maps I naturally included lots of food elements but I also wanted to include elements that fun and a bit wacky.
For Japan as an example, there are geisha’s, money cats, Ken Watanabe (legend!), hot springs and various other things. I never knew before researching the USA how many awesome and perhaps weird locations there are. There are all kinds of buildings, foods, cultures and all sorts.
Scotland is also a really cool country. Most people think of Scotland as the highlands, haggis, kilts etc but Scotland has a really diverse foo culture as well as many awesome sights including of course the highlands, lots of castles and more. Taiwan, my home country, is famed for it’s tropical fruits but is equally, if not more so, famous for it’s night markets.
So creating these maps has been a lot of fun and as and when time allows I’m planning on creating a whole lot more of these maps including, to name a few, the whole of the UK, Germany, very likely Spain and my husband keeps suggesting Australia.
All of these maps can be purchased through my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IllustratedKitchen?ref=hdr_shop_menu