You may remember having seen Recess & relief, a post from last April, in which I explained how I was just getting started on the embossed maps of Florence's piazzas. Because I tend to have a lot of different projects going at once (and also because it always takes me a while to 'sit' with a project as it progresses), pulling together the first maps has taken much longer than I ever would have imagined; I finally added some to the shop this week. Since I've been noticing that the colors of the images in my online shop all seem considerably duller than the original photos—and the items themselves—I decided to post additional/better versions here as well.
The following four images show some examples of the maps with simple Rives borders (the same paper used for the maps themselves). As simple as they are like this, I think they are my favorites...although, depending on the framing, the lovely marbled paper borders could also sett off the maps nicely. (Please click on any of the images to see them larger.)
|Piazza Santo Spirito|
|Piazza San Lorenzo|
|Piazza Santa Maria Novella|
|Piazza della Signoria|
|Piazza Santa Trìnita shown with terracotta & aqua border|
|Piazza Santa Maria Novella shown with autumn colors border|
|Piazza San Lorenzo shown with terracotta & plum border|
|Piazza Santo Spirito shown with earth tones & green border|
|Piazza della Signoria shown with chocolate & golden yellow border|
|Piazza Santa Maria Novella shown with indigo & neutrals border|
I am finding that not all piazzas are conducive to embossing, but plan to continue working with those that are as I have time. I'm also hoping to translate other facets of Florence's endlessly fascinating urban plan through embossing at some point...I really like it as a way of interpreting the relationship between the city blocks & open spaces/streets.