Cartographic Correspondence: The Results

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

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 corner of the earth. It was exciting!

Then I found out that the mail artists (a group I do not belong to) are traders. They are expecting a piece of art back. This is something I not only did not know (as I did not know it was posted on their site until it was too late), but could not have agreed to.

I am writing a book and trying to make a living teaching. What I do not have is time. As much as I would love to respond to each and every single one of you that sent me fodder for my book, I cannot reciprocate. For this, and for your disappointment, I am very sorry.

Only a certain amount of these pieces will make it into the book, as this is one section amid many others. That decision had not been made. When it is, I will use the ones I can identify, and the ones that the editorial team feels best represent the book. Those folks will be notified, but I cannot tell you a date at this point.

Thank you again, it was glorious to see what you all thought to send to me! Go Mappers!



  1. How amazing, Jill! It was really a fun experience and that in itself is enough. Your mail art request spurred creativity. Thanks for that and the great time!

    • John, it was hard to pick which one of yours I could use, they were all so grand. We had a vote, and still it was tough. Thank you for your support.

      • Hi Jill,

        That would be exciting! You know I have a favorite. Can you guess which one? Boeing! I loved doing the one with scraps as well. Let me know if I can help you in any way. In the theater you say “Break a leg.” Seth Apter mentioned for art perhaps “Break a paint brush.” I wonder what it is for writing books? Certainly not “Burn a book!” Anyway, the best on your endeavor.

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