A local Knoxville artist has recently just made a name for herself with her Illustrated Map work and sales in the city.
An Illustrated Map doesn’t show how to get around, but is more of a visual representation of what happens around an area, and these maps are no different.
According to the artist, Paris Woodhull, these maps of hers have locations on them that only that locals would be informed about. She adds that her maps put emphasis on the more unusual locations across Knoxville, saying that her maps include Downtown or the Knoxville Convention Center, but don’t stop there.
She says that she got the idea from interning at a Jackson Avenue company called the Happy Envelope, after she saw illustrated maps in the wedding invitations that the company handled. The owner suggested she try making some of her own, and, from there, her new business venture and calling started.
She’s made maps of Downtown Knoxville and North Knoxville, as well as the University of Tennessee, which she recently graduated from, as well as Fulton, where she went to high school. Her most recent work is an Illustrated Map of South Knoxville.
Being an illustrated map maker means that Woodhull is an artist, but she also likes to ensure that her maps are community projects. The first step of her map making process involves using social media to tell people what map she’ll make and getting suggestions from the locals about places they like. Once the maps are drawn, they’re posted on social media again, so that she can have the community check if the maps are lacking any particular missing piece, which are then added with some post-editing Photoshop.
As with most illustrated maps, the layout isn’t comprehensive; not all landmarks and businesses in the area can be included.
Woodhull has revealed that she is working on a map that she calls ‘37919’, which will include Bearden and Sequoyah Hills, which she will soon post on social media. She has expressed her intentions of drawing a map of East Knoxville, or maybe head for other cities, such as Chattanooga.
The maps are available for purchase online, or in one of these local stores:
112 W. Jackson Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902
Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37916
804 Tyson Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
141 N. Peters Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
Fig and Company
5072 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919