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Maps of 2014!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 23 comments

Maps of 2014!

The day has come to reveal the results of the map making challenge Mapping 2014 Artfully! In April of this year I am going to teach in Australia and New Zealand. My itinerary is fairly wacky in Australia as you can see. The techniques used are layered and stitched tissues and papers, couching on the route line with a paste paper background. Let’s see what everyone else came up with for mapping out their futures! Please add the link to your map in the box below and leave a comment. We will travel the next five days between the worlds of...

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Call for Arty Cartophiles, “Mapping 2014 Artfully”

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Arty Cartophiles, Giveaways, Personal Geographies | 41 comments

Call for Arty Cartophiles, “Mapping 2014 Artfully”

Mapmaking is a tool, a craft for the curious. Every part of making a map appeals to me: the graphic elements of traditional cartography, the journey, and the personal story encompassed by the dashed neatlines. This project is about making a  map of the future, in particular the year 2014. We will then reveal all the maps for a five day blog hop in January, 2014 You can approach this in many ways, and here are some simple guidelines to get you started. Pick a subject or focus Goals Travels Relationship(s) Career Health Personal Journey And on...

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Copper Hand Magic

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Arty Cartophiles, Classes | 4 comments

Copper Hand Magic

Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching the Copper Hand Map project from my book, Personal Geographies. The class was at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado. I love that place and everyone who works there. There is a table in the back of the shop, surrounded by paper/book/printing goodness that seats about 8, so they limit the class size to 6. Nice, to be hanging with six lovelies on a Sunday. Three of them, Amy, Ann and Kim, I knew and was happy to see. Rick and Cindy were married, and were not artists or crafters by their own...

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Albino de Canepa

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Odd and Interesting Maps | 2 comments

Albino de Canepa

1489 Portolan Chart, by Albino de Canepa, Cartographer Not much is known about this map or its maker, but what I appreciate here are the very unique graphics. Click on the images to see them larger. The snakelike forest at the top of Africa and the gypsy tents. The lakes that are linked and hanging like an earring.   The fact that he depicted his hometown, Genoa, as being far larger than Venice out of hometown pride? The boomerang shape is the Alps. The James Ford Bell Library houses this map, and you can see lots of details on their...

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Endonym Map

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Maps in the News | 3 comments

Endonym Map

The Endonym map titles the countries on it with the native names in the native language of that country. Sort of. This map is a work in progress, an attempt to do that as accurately as possible by the person in charge on Endoymmap.com, who welcomes your comments. (Thanks to my friend Marcia for leading me to this map.) Endonyms are a bit complex and very interesting. You can read more about them here http://basementgeographer.com. About Endonyms (from http://endonymmap.com/) An endonym is the name for a place, site or location in the language...

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Maps in the News

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Maps in the News | 2 comments

Maps in the News

The Corporate States of America, A Map of the Most Famous Brands From Each State This is a great one. How many of you could have told me what brand was biggest in your state? I live in Colorado, and I could have guessed Coors because it is near my house and the Coors family throws one of their kin into the political ring every election. We cannot forget about them. And I come from California, so Apple is not a surprise. But Dr. Pepper in Texas? Really? I love it that people make maps like this. My sister and I just finished making many, many...

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Cartographic Correspondence: The Results

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Arty Cartophiles, Cartographic Correspondence | 3 comments

Cartographic Correspondence: The Results

About six weeks ago I put this up. I posted it here and on Facebook, hoping that some of my friends would respond. My Arty-Cartophile friends. I expected a postcard with a name and contact on the back. What ended up happening was both fantastic and overwhelming. Someone (with great intentions) posted this link on an international mail art site. This added an interesting component. Many pieces of art came pouring in from all over the world, some fascinating stuff! Maps, abstracts, stories, postcards, letters, finished artwork, from every...

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Cartographic Comparisons

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Maps in the News | 1 comment

Cartographic Comparisons

Kai Krause, a computer-graphics guru, caused a stir a few years ago with a map entitled “The True Size of Africa”, which showed the outlines of other countries crammed into the outline of the African continent. The goal was to make “a small contribution in the fight against rampant Immappancy.” Kai coined this phrase “immappancy”, meaning insufficient geographical knowledge. HA! We are all guilty. Did you have any idea that the world’s largest countries could actually fit inside Africa? Long lasting incorrect...

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San Serriffe

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

San Serriffe

There is an enchanting island near Africa that you need to know about. San Serriffe is an island nation on the move, due to a peculiarity of ocean currents and erosion, so its exact position varies. A recent report locating it in the Bering Sea was presumably an error. On 1 April 2006 The Guardian reported that San Serriffe was then just off New Zealand’s South Island, but if the rate of movement really is 1.4 km per year as published, San Serriffe should stay in the Indian Ocean for several millennia. Should you enjoy a visit and a...

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