Maps and Memories

I love the intricately cut map work of  Dan Linden, Virgis Trakimavicius, Karen O’ Leary and Talia Sari Wiener.

Dan Linden started making his custom-made laser-cut city road maps after designing a map of his beloved city, Columbus, Ohio. Dan realized there were many people like him attached to the cities in which they live, and thus his business was born.

New York City by Dan LindenSan Francisco by Dan LindenTel Aviv by Dan Linden

Virgis Trakimavicius is a Lithuanian artist, graphic designer and professor. His hand-cut city maps evoke memories of past travels, a likeable street, and everything involving the city that he has  visited or intends to visit in the future.

Budapest by Virgis Trakimavicius


Warsaw by Virgis Trakimavicius


Rome by Virgis Trakimavicius


Paris by Virgis Trakimavicius


Karen O’Leary’s modern maps are collected and treasured by many for the memories and stories they tell. They become heirlooms.

Charleston by Karen O' Leary


San Francisco by Karen O' Leary

San Francisco

Boston by Karen O' Leary


Chicago by Karen O' Leary


Jerusalem by Karen O' Leary


Talia Sari is a Tel Aviv-based jewelry collection created by Talia Sari Wiener. She incorporates advanced technology with traditional handcraft to create minimalist pieces of jewelry with a story behind every design. Her city necklaces and brooches reflect memories from loved places around the world.

San Francisco brooch by Talia Wiener

San Francisco

NYC necklace by Talia Wiener

New York City

Tel Aviv Necklace by Talia Wiener

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Ring by Talia Wiener

Tel Aviv

Jerusalem Brooch by Talia Wiener


This time of year, as I sit in synagogue, I think of my friends, my family and my community. I think of home—of the beautiful city where I live. I think about all the other places and cities in which I’ve lived and spent time, each one a part of a journey that helped me get to where I am today.

What places and cities hold cherished memories for you?

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2 Comments on Maps and Memories

  1. Liz Rueven
    September 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm (7 years ago)

    Maps do, indeed, hold memories and history. What great discoveries you have found! I especially love Talia Sari Wiener’s wearable maps. They are so thoroughly abstracted that I imagine wearing one of them is like wearing a code- only the wearer and those she has shared precious experiences with know what these beautiful abstractions signify.

    • Julie Levine
      September 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes, I agree and I also love Talia’s wearable maps. Thanks Liz!


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