If you collects books in order to always have something beautiful to hand then get your WHSmith tokens at the ready and make some room on the shelf for this brand new corker from Thames & Hudson. Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands is an Islomaniac’s dream come true where the world’s leading illustrators have mapped out the contours and coastlines of their own imaginations.
Paying tribute to the centenary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and the island based literary genre it spawned, the illustrators were asked to visualise being washed up on their own remote islands. and document these utopias. The resulting creative cartography is a treat for lovers of art and geography alike, especially if you’re a fan of stuff like Grayson Perry’s ‘Map of Days’ work. It’s even inspired me to dream up my own idyllic island where technical jackets grown from trees, the rivers flow with Ribena and nobody knows what Brexit is. I highly recommend you buy yourself a copy and get lost in each of the artists worlds before setting sail off on your own imaginary journey.
Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands is available from Thames & Hudson & all really cool book shops.