crafty cartographer
Brooklyn, New York

"It's your 'hood, engraved in wood!"

There's loving your neighborhood, and then loving your neighborhood so much you want to immortalize it any way you can. Designer and "change maker" Aymie Spitzer falls into the latter category. In fact she loves neighborhoods so much, as well as vintage maps, that she's hand drawing and laser engraving them into unfinished aromatic cedar. And not just her neighborhood in Brooklyn, but neighborhoods across the country. The cedar's natural wood grain sets off the engraved typography, and captures the magic of these hand-lettered creations. Each map she makes is unique, just like the stories you carry with you around your 'hood! Aymie designs at Hyperakt, a Brooklyn studio where product ideas are incubated and brought to the market.