Behold, my newest product is now complete. They are London Travel Companions and I had so much fun making them, photographing them and writing the descriptions. I have a great love for old books and maps and have a small collection of out-of-date London maps. I was eventually cured of using them after once getting very lost due to the fact that my 1960s A-Z didn’t have any of the new roads. Lesson learned. They are still beautiful to look at though and London is full of names and places so well known from history and literature.
This particular 1970s map book was all in tatters so I have re-used the pages to decorate some Moleskine journals, which have a whole interesting history themselves. Each travel companion has a map covering front and back with a pretty deckled edge.
The inside cover has a further section providing delightfully old-fashioned information on London’s major attractions, from museums to pubs to excursions and Fashionable Shopping (my favourite is the guide to temperatures: 20°C is a “pleasant day” while 10°C is a “cold day – Top-coat and woollens”). As an added bonus, there is a column of London street names enclosed to use as a bookmark, or just to ponder on a boring bus journey.
I hope you like them! There are two available in the shop just now and I am really hoping they sell so I can make some more. My favourite part was collecting up some of my London-related ephemera for the product shots. I have boxes of this kind of stuff but it all comes in useful one day.