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.
The map is constructed in two parts.
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.
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.
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.