Arty Cartophiles

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 and on… Pick a medium Drawing Collage Journaling...

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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 descriptions, they just wanted to try this after seeing the...

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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 corner of the earth. It was exciting! Then I found out...

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Mapping at Two Hands

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Arty Cartophiles, Classes | 1 comment

Mapping at Two Hands

There is an enchanted place in Boulder, Colorado called Two Hands Paperie. It is owned by my friend Mia, who is not only a photographer, dancer, book artist and all together creative person, but she has staffed this place with wonderful people and artists who teach classes all year round. There are many classes there (short ones mostly, not longer than 3 hours) in book making, journaling and all sorts of other arty paper related stuff. The store is packed with treasures that you cannot help but to covet, and often to sneak guiltily up to the register without your partner noticing. For the...

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Map to Creativity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Fibre Arts Australia, Inspirations for Maps, Mapping Techniques, Taos Retreat | 2 comments

Map to Creativity

One of the exercises in my book is a map of your hand, and in my project I mapped the history of my creativity. Where did it come from? What did my ancestors do with their hands? Who has held my hand and supported my creativity? That project is a collage, done with the outline of my hand. Last week I tried a different approach, an abstracted version of my journey to creativity, inspired by both the landscape I so love as seen from the air, and the imagery of Hundertwasser, and artist I adore. In this exercise I tried to add intention to the shapes I made, by imagining they stood for parts...

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Night Maps

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Mapping Techniques | 5 comments

Night Maps

This week I started what I think will be a series for me, called Night Maps. The surface is layers of gesso, hide glue, Silks, acrylics and Wax. The surface of the sea is shiny, the land is not. Wandering the streets of this indigo dreamland makes me happy, and powerful. Creating places to go and places to see, that is mighty. I added a deep blue ocean. The sea was always close to me growing up, now I dream of it. I watch the sun setting over the Rocky Mountains and know that it is headed to the sea. “for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / it’s always ourselves we find in the...

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