Florence is such a magnificent city and I've had the pleasure of visiting several times. I have wanted to create a map based on E.M.Forster's novel, and subsequent film adaptation for many years. I have included some of the city's iconic architecture with reference to its role in the novel/ film. I hope to have captured some of Florence's enchantment and romance.
Kolkata, West Bengal, IN
I have travelled extensively in Italy during my one year stay as a grad student in design in Florence. I am back to India now but ever since i have been in love with Florence. The map of Florence is etched emotionally on my heart and mind. This is my tribute to this place which welcomed me so warmly and made me the person I am today. I will keep going back to this place throughout my life. Thank you for giving me this opportunity for paying my tribute.
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My sister lives in Toronto, as does my Canadian licensee, and so I have visited this metropolis of North America many times over the last three decades. I almost moved there a few years ago but a spate of bitterly cold winters put paid to that idea. Sheffield was more than cold enough for me! I do however love drawing the cities and natural landscape of Canada. It's an amazing country, ethically and aesthetically, and I am therefore proud to create designs and products that enables Canadians and Canada-lovers like me to celebrate this evolving and inclusive culture. Moose and bears star in my Cityscape of Toronto as does the iconic CN Tower and Old City Hall. I've fallen asleep on the sand of Toronto Island and swam in Lake Ontario, and long to do it again.
I've had two fleeting visits to Singapore, squeezed in on business trips to Asia where I hop from one country to another in the blink of an eye. There's so much to explore in this tiny country and my Cityscape can only pick out a few highlights and even in the short time I've spent there I have vivid memories of the lush, green landscape. Walking through the enchanting, Botanic Gardens, eating Chilli Crab down by the Bay and having Afternoon Tea in Raffles Hotel were my highlights. I also loved exploring Little India and China Town, two contrasting neighbourhoods sitting together side by side. The magnificent Marina Bay Sands is an architectual masterpiece and makes your heart skip a beat when you look up and up at the tropical roof top garden.
I went to Madrid as an art student and the overriding memory I had was of standing in front of the most significant piece of art that I have ever seen: Guernica by Picasso. The Prado, which houses this masterpiece, is included in my illustration of Madrid, as is the Barrio de la Latina, the wonderful area of the city where the little tapas bars can be found and forms the only other memory that I have of the city. Gosh that rioja must have been good!
I've visited Paris for decades, first as a child when I was entranced by the Eiffel Tower, then as an art student where I spent a full day wandering the corridors of the Louvre. I returned to Paris a designer when I showcased my fashion collection in the city in the 1990s and came back as a retailer when I bought French boudoir lingerie for my lingerie and erotic accessories boutique in the naughties. I cannot count how many times I have been to Paris over the last few years as I have showcased my sustainable and customisable Cityscape souvenir brand at trade shows within the city. I like to stay in Montmartre as I love the village atmosphere and the hill at the top of which sits the sensational Sacre Coeur. I love to look over Paris from here and see the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. I always tag on time for me in Paris whether it's chilling with a cafe creme at Les Deux Magots or taking time to walk amongst the trees of the Tuileries. The architecture is outstanding, the food is fabulous and Paris is indeed pretty as a picture, which I hope to capture in my eponymous Cityscape.