Beautiful Cartographic Birds by Claire Brewster

London-based paper artist Claire Brewster, whose work we first spotted over at Colossal, creates beautiful, intricate cut-out birds and plants from old maps. We love how the play of the shadow behind the paper figures seems to give them a sense of movement, and we’re fascinated by the concept of birds painstakingly built from the colorful patterns of what used to be a complete birds-eye-view. Somehow, they make us want to stay in and re-decorate our apartments and also go on a round-the-world trip all at once, which is quite a lot of emotion for some cut-up bits of paper. Click through to see some of our favorites of Brewster’s work, and then be sure to head over to her blog for even more.