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"Poppy Projection"

Size: 5" x 7"

Papercutting on archival paper with vintage map scrapbook paper for background.


A map projection is the orderly system of lines on a plane representing a corresponding system of imaginary lines on an adopted terrestrial or celestial datum surface. Essentially, its the way mapmakers take the three dimensional surface of the Earth and project it to a two dimensional flat map surface. Each projection consists of a grid or a graticule of lines representing parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude. No projection is perfect-- there is always some distortion when converting a three-dimensional surface to a two-dimensional surface, and therefore there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of map projection.


As no map projection is perfect, may this "Poppy Projection" floral bouquet remind you that no person is perfect either. Orderly systems are helpful tools, but people are not tools. Do not be tempted to project perfection on yourself, but instead, enjoy the journey that the map gives you the freedom to take.


Created as part of the Cartography of Flowers Collection.


This papercut art piece is hand-cut from one sheet of white archival paper and matted with a printed colored vintage map of the Italy. The floral bouquet is made up of a three poppy flowers surrounded by leaves and twigs. 

Poppy Projection

  • SIZE: 5" x 7"

    MEDIUM: Papercut Archival and Scrapbook Paper


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