Friday, November 25, 2011
Nearly two years ago, Jill Berry sent me a note: "Aimee, how do you feel about maps? Love 'em?" Just reading the word "map" made my heart thump, and the way in which it was phrased convinced me that Jill was up to something quite mappy. She was. After many months of cartographic toiling, her passion was published this month as Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking.
In Jill's words:
“You don't have to be a world traveler or a professional cartographer to embark on a grand journey of self-discovery through mapmaking. Personal Geographies gives you the tools and techniques you'll need to create artful maps of your self, your experiences and your personal journey. Chart the innermost workings of your mind, document your artistic path and create an unfolding maze of your future dreams and goals.
Inside Personal Geographies you'll discover:
* 21 mixed-media map projects featuring artistic techniques like working with alcohol inks and pochoir, painting on a black surface and carving custom stamps
* Insight into the world of traditional and contemporary maps and how they relate to and inspire personal mapmaking
* A gallery of maps by contributors from around the world to spark your own creativity
* From mapping your head, hands and heart to recording powerful memories or experiences, the maps in Personal Geographies are a gateway into the fascinating and meaningful world of you.”
I was lucky enough to tag along on her journey (my maps "No Nap Today" and "Peregrinations" are included in the book) so today I get the privilege of kicking off the Personal Geographies blog hop! Answer one of my burning travel questions below, and I'll draw a winner on December 10 for a free copy of the book. (Please note: North Light can only ship within the US.)
1. Where did Jill, Mr. Artsyville & I meet for coffee this summer: a) Bozeman, b) Boston, or c) Boulder?
2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
3. What is your favorite language?
4. How has travel influenced one of your own art pieces?
5. Where in the world did Jill teach a workshop this fall?
If you don't like any of these, invent your own travel query and answer it. Also, if you would prefer to skip the burning questions and get a copy directly in your hot little hands right now, go to Shop Mixed Media and use code SMM106 for 35% off & free shipping until 12/9/11.
Happy weekend to all of you! And thank you, Jill, for taking me along for the ride, for teaching me so much about the history of maps, and for being such a valuable art mentor to me. ♥
Posted by aimee