There're a lot of really cool things you can do with a knife, though none of them ever seem to be worth showing to Paul Hogan when he's on the town with a chick. For a woman showing off her own knife work to honor your town, hit Studio KMO.
Started by a VaTech architecture major who turned a thesis project into a full-time biz, Studio KMO (named after its artist Karen M. O'Leary) makes hand-drawn, X-Acto-knifed map-cutouts of major metropolitan cities (including a just-finished SF) that come in two sizes (24x18, 30x22) and're essentially delicate grids of interconnected paper streets with land & water replaced by holes -- a bold move considering it stars young Shia LaBeouf. Each of the KMO map-cuts uses ultra-sturdy textured watercolor paper, and the amount o' city included is generally restricted by the paper size and her attempt to include its most visually awesome geographical elements, which is the reason the wharf appears on her SF map and the Mission doesn't (please pause as hipsters tune out and resume searching for retro Chris Mullin jerseys). For those that don't like holes in their art, Karen also has a collection of over 30 city grid prints drawn entirely with thin vertical black ink lines, including an about-to-be-released single print of SF and an existing diptych, which means "two fold" to those who speak Greek, and "the thing you dip in delicious powdered candy" to five year olds who can't pronounce S's.
And yes, she'll do custom map-cut requests too, assuring "I rarely turn a city down," -- meaning O'Leary's got something for everyone, even if you're a Mick.
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