With its below-sea-level placement at a curve in the Mississippi River, New Orleans has long fascinated geologists. The city’s unique topography inspires area artists and designers as well, and has helped put a number of them on the map. Take Brandi Couvillion, who creates cool, metal cuffs depicting Crescent City neighborhoods etched with images culled from an 1891 map.
Or Ellen Macomber, whose paintings of maps on glass have spawned a growing line of textiles in the form of baby blankets, bibs, bow ties, placemats, coasters, napkins ... and her own boutique. You’ll spot both artists works at I.J. Reilly’s, Söpö and other local gift shops.
Macomber’s map imagery is also found on T-shirts at Dirty Coast, where Scott Campbell’s “River.Lake.Uptown.Downtown” compass design, offered on everything from tanks and totes to posters and woodblocks, ranks as the shop’s most popular.