If you read this site, you have a love for Los Angeles and probably feel like you have a pretty good sense of the city and how it works. I have to admit: I know there is a lot that I need to learn about the city in terms of its geography. I try to educate myself in any way I can so it was super refreshing to discover the work of Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography, a little Los Angeles hand drawn map making company.
The company (well, person: Eric Brightwell) combines home craft with cartography and art, exploring the city through these detailed maps that imbue the geography of an area with the personality of the part of town. They are each hand drawn and are very, very extensive. “I’ve loved making maps since reading fantasy books as a child and making treasure maps for my little brother,” Brightwell says on Facebook. “As a computer nerd in the text adventure years, I made maps of the realms of the games I played. I continued mapping my surroundings as I moved from Missouri to Florida to Iowa. And, I continue!” And, thank heavens he has because we have these fantastic, quirky maps of Los Angeles.
Brightwell’s maps are the subject of the June 25 opening show at 1650 Gallery, where you’ll be able to see his work in person. You can buy originals from him that range from $500 to $8500 as well as prints that start at $50. He’s taken the idea of local mapmaking that people like Ork and Maptote have made sexy and turned it into a handcraft. I hope his work gets picked up by CAFAM at some point! You can check out lots and lots of his work on his Facebook here.