Jill K Berry is forever inspiring me through her book, Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking. She runs a facebook group the Arty Cartophiles for all of us who are interested in the art of mapmaking. She challenged us to make a map of 2014 and share it on our blogs then link them on through her blog over five days http://personal-geographies.com/.

The Art of Personal Story

The major focus of 2014 will be the show Art of Personal Story in September and October. This is my map of what it will take to get there.

painted map of show for 2014
This is my map of how I will create the show,  Art of Personal Story in 2014.

The map is constructed in two parts.

painted map with sea monster and compass rose
Background is the map structure with neat lines and compass rose.

The map structure is 17 1/2″ x 23 1/2″. It’s painted in watercolor with some details added in ink. Since the show is about personal narrative, I made the sea monster big. Much of the process of writing my stories has been learning to deal with the monsters of the past and make friends with them. Or be able to embrace them for who they are.

The paper is cut partway around the sea monster and compass rose so the map of the show can be inserted.

painted map with islands
Map of the pieces of the puzzle of creating a show.

The island on the left represents all the pieces and parts that need to come together to collect the artwork we will need. It’s a group show, so we’ll need to come together to walk over the bridge to construct something more ordered that shows well together.

line art outline of step to step
getting clear about the steps

I’ve got an outline of the map that I plan to color in as I get the pieces finished. Each circle is a different part of the plan. I’m using a document on Google Drive to make more detailed checklists for each area.

See other artists maps

If you go to Personal Geographies you’ll be able to see a round up of all the maps people have created.

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54 Comments

  1. Very clever! Best wishes in completing your goals this year!

    • Thanks Lisa, looks a bit daunting right now, but it helps to have a guide

  2. How fabulous! I’ve never seen anything like it! I wondered what the sea monster meant to you. She/he seems lovingly to surround your work. But that’s what it looks like to me.

    Gorgeous!

  3. How fabulous! I’ve never seen anything like it! I wondered what the sea monster meant to you. She/he seems lovingly to surround your work. But that’s what it looks like to me.

    Gorgeous!

    • Thanks Claudia. I like reptilian monsters, so I think of her as the show mascot 🙂

  4. Christine, once again, stunning. I want to wear this one on a t-shirt. It makes me so happy that you so clearly understand my idea for my book, and that it makes sense and works for you. YAY! I was hoping for this.
    Your maps are lovely, always. And I think your monster is getting much more gentle. xo

    • Jill, your book was the impetus for the work I’ve been doing for the last few years. It’s still sitting on my desk, I refer to it often. I hope the work I am doing acts as a catalyst for others too.

      It’s amazing how working with personal stories changes the relationship to monster—in so many ways.

  5. Christine, once again, stunning. I want to wear this one on a t-shirt. It makes me so happy that you so clearly understand my idea for my book, and that it makes sense and works for you. YAY! I was hoping for this.
    Your maps are lovely, always. And I think your monster is getting much more gentle. xo

    • Jill, your book was the impetus for the work I’ve been doing for the last few years. It’s still sitting on my desk, I refer to it often. I hope the work I am doing acts as a catalyst for others too.

      It’s amazing how working with personal stories changes the relationship to monster—in so many ways.

  6. Hmmmm….I recognize myself in that map. Very cool, Christine. You’ve got an amazing mind and the talent to convey your gifts in so many different ways. I learned a lot from this piece of work.

  7. Hmmmm….I recognize myself in that map. Very cool, Christine. You’ve got an amazing mind and the talent to convey your gifts in so many different ways. I learned a lot from this piece of work.

    • We are certainly on parallel paths. Not to mention I’ve been thinking about your systems alongside my own. It’s do-able, just chunking off a piece at a time/

  8. Christine! This is so wonderful!!!! What a fun challenge!

  9. Christine! This is so wonderful!!!! What a fun challenge!

  10. Such a large monster and such a peaceful scene…it must be tamed. Beautiful work!

  11. Such a large monster and such a peaceful scene…it must be tamed. Beautiful work!

    • I’m amazed at how much the process of writing and painting has tamed many monsters. It’s so powerful.

  12. Amazing way to organize your thoughts. Such an intriguing map. Love it.

  13. Amazing way to organize your thoughts. Such an intriguing map. Love it.

    • Thanks Renee. Just seemed logical to me. Guess this is how my mind works.

  14. I see so much complexity cradled by the cuddly monster and then … the ordered showing! WOW.

  15. I see so much complexity cradled by the cuddly monster and then … the ordered showing! WOW.

  16. What a huge, wonderful undertaking. It’s interesting that the monster takes up so much space. That is so often the case in our lives. Good luck with the show.

  17. What a huge, wonderful undertaking. It’s interesting that the monster takes up so much space. That is so often the case in our lives. Good luck with the show.

    • Thanks Sharon. I figure making the monster the show mascot, acknowledging her presence, transforms her into a powerful ally.

  18. Exquisite map, Christine! Love that the focus for 2014 will be your map show!!! Your sea monster and its patterns and the entire composition and details of this are amazing!!

  19. Exquisite map, Christine! Love that the focus for 2014 will be your map show!!! Your sea monster and its patterns and the entire composition and details of this are amazing!!

    • Thanks Mary, making the map has been so helpful to my thinking about what I need to do.

  20. I love the idea behind your map, as well as all the great detail! Wonderful job!

  21. I love the idea behind your map, as well as all the great detail! Wonderful job!

    • Oops…my computer shut down in the middle of my comment. I didn’t see the first one so rewrote it. Now I’m here twice.

  22. I love how you organized a plan as you did here, along with all the beautiful details!

  23. I love how you organized a plan as you did here, along with all the beautiful details!


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