If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that sponsored posts are very few and far between on here. That’s because
a) I’m not enough of a big-name blogger for people to want to send me free stuff, and
b) if I wouldn’t buy the product with my own money, I won’t endorse it.
When Jennifer from Modern Map Art contacted me with a offer to test out her new business, it was a case of perfect timing; I’d actually been looking for a map of Melbourne to frame and display in my home for months, and couldn’t find anything that I liked and was also reasonably priced.
After a round-the-world honeymoon in 2016, Jennifer decided to combine her life-long love of maps with her new found appreciation for the cities she visited into something special that other people could enjoy, too. Now, she has a gorgeous line of not only print maps, but also throw pillows (!!!) and phone cases, featuring maps of your favourite locations – and if she doesn’t have what you want in her catalogue, she’ll gladly put a custom design together for you!
I received my posted wrapped in tissue paper and packed safely into a thick, cardboard tube – it was in perfect condition when it arrived from the US to my front door here in Melbourne, Australia. I was really impressed with the quality of the paper used – as per the information on their website, “the posters are made from a museum quality matte paper, and Ultrachrome ink. The ink is rated to last over 100 years, and 200 years if properly framed and maintained.”
And it looked amazing set in a simple, bold, black frame, up on the wall with some black and white Melbourne photographs a close friend gave me a few years ago 🙂 I couldn’t be happier with the finished product, and I dare say we may end up with a few more maps on our walls after our big upcoming trip!
I also wanted to ask Jennifer a few questions about her brain child, so before you head over to her store (signing up for their mailing list will score you 10% off, by the way), get to know her a little better..
Hi Jennifer! Tell us about your business – what exactly do you do?
Modern Map Art takes ordinary street maps and turns them into wall art. We use open source maps and alter the colors and add text to create beautiful pieces. Recently, we also launched custom.modernmapart.com, which allows people to create their own maps. You can choose from building maps, street maps, or topo maps and create your own pillow, poster, phone case, or t-shirt. We then print and ship the item to you within a few days.
What gave you the idea to actually start this business?
I’ve always been passionate about maps since I was little, and wanted to create some maps to represent the places that I’ve traveled to display in my own home. People love them when they came to visit, so I started selling them to friends and family and then online.
You have so many maps in your catalogue! Which ones are your favourites?
Personally, I like the ski maps. I think they’re a good representation of taking something complicated and making them very simple.
There are quite a few map prints starting to find their way onto the market now; what makes your product different?
We print on museum quality matte paper and have over 500 cities available. We’ve also got a lot of variety with our pillows, country maps, phone cases, and a lot of other great products on the horizon.
You must be getting idea for your maps from somewhere.., where are you off to next?!
Greece! I’m off in a few weeks and I’m very excited.
* Disclosure: While Modern Map Art generously gifted one of their maps to me, the opinions contained herein are entirely my own, based on my experience with the company. *