Here be the kitchen

a fictional reimagining of a home kitchen
Lady Lux, Here Be the Kitchen, 2010 [Chester, United Kingdom] original web archive: map 268

Drawn on a rainy afternoon with her eight-year-old daughter, Lux creates a fanciful world in her home’s kitchen. Everyday appliances transform into potentially treacherous points of interest. The refrigerator houses the Icy Lair of Evil Troutus [top right], the stove transforms into an island of fire [middle left], and her precariously overstuffed bookshelf morphs into the Cliffs of Madness [slightly cropped out of the image, bottom right]. In the center, it seems the kitchen’s actual island, the High Plateau, with its sacred flame and Froo-it-Bo-ll Mountain offers a haven amidst the chaos.

Dream House

Purple Wyrm, Dream House, 2008 [Fictional location] original HDMA web archive: map 49

Purple Wyrm mapped a home that frequently occurs in their dreams. While much of the home and the space surrounding it remain a mystery, the hatstand near the front door and the dark windows on the veranda are consistent signifiers.

Map of Staines

Carlo Anomie, Map of Staines, 2008 [Fictional location: Staines; photographed in New Jersey] original HDMA web archive: map 13

A circa 2008 cell phone photo from Carlo reveals a map he created while passing time at work. Realizing an accidental coffee stain looked much like a continent, he traced the different hues to create countries and deemed the area Staines. This early addition to the HDMA web archive is also the first example I collected of a meta map, or map within a map. Here we not only see Carlo’s fictional territory Staines but also the seating chart of the restaurant where he was working.