I am pleased as a peach to finally unveil my San Jose maze map - now available for purchase online!
Designing My San Jose Maze Map
My San Jose maze starts at Alum Rock and ends at Japantown (denoted by the star on the map!)
If you are wondering about the ragged shape of San Jose, it can be partly explained by the way San Jose grew rapidly starting in the 1950's. Once a small town of 17 square miles, San Jose grew to 136 square miles through a process of annexing adjacent areas.
If you look closely at a map of San Jose, you will notice many holes in the middle of the map ("urban islands"). These are areas that San Jose skipped over in annexing and are technically unincorporated areas managed by San Jose county. KQED has an interesting article on San Jose's urban islands. Ultimately, I didn't end up including many of these urban islands in my San Jose print as to not distract from the maze design!
Shopping Local in San Jose
While my San Jose maze map makes for a great gift, if you are looking for even more San Jose art, or opportunities to connect with San Jose artists, here are a few ways you can shop local in San Jose.
Best Indie Market - San Jose Made Fair
Each year, San Jose Made puts on a huge holiday fair featuring hundreds of local artists from San Jose and the greater bay area. People line up out the door to get in! Throughout the year, San Jose Made also puts on smaller events.
San Jose Made: http://www.sanjosemade.com/
Best Micro Retail - MOMENT
Led by San Jose Made and funded by a Knight Cities Challenge grant, San Jose Made converted twelve parking spaces in the San Pedro Market Parking Garage in Downtown San Jose into four micro-retail spaces. Each year, San Jose Made chooses new local businesses and artists to setup shop in the retail spaces. Find out the current artists online!
60 N. Pedro Street, San Jose, CA
Best Craft Fair - Maker's Market
Looking to shop local like right now? Maker's Market puts on monthly shopping events across the bay area including a monthly event in San Jose's Santana Row.
Maker's Market: https://makersmarket.us/events/
About Dirt Alley Design
Dirt Alley Design was founded just off a dirt alley in San Francisco in December of 2016 by artist Michelle Chandra. Inspired by the beauty of street grids, Michelle invented maze maps in which she transforms street grids into mazes.
My maze art isn't just decorative art for your home, it's a real puzzle maze you can solve (if you dare!) I think my maze maps are pretty cool, but don't take just my word for it! My maze maps have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Print Mag and Vice, to name a few!