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Map Love Madness No. 4

“To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor Because it blooms up above.”
Fernando Pessoa

an excerpt

the full page


the back of the collage, showing the roads intersecting on each side of the waterway

8x11" black paper, stitched mixed media collage

This map was inspired by a map of Poland that I was studied before starting this process. My vision was the body of water being formed by the collage. A body of water and roads running alongside, and added bridges from my imagination. 

I've always loved maps, and reading Jill Berry's book Personal Geographies has sparked this wild obsession with inventing maps. So far, I've done a stitched map colored with colored pencils in Map Love Madness No. 1 plus acrylic and watercolor maps with frisket in No. 2 and No. 3.

Have you seen the carefully curated list of books I recommend in Art Journaling 101? Personal Geographies and Journal Junkies Workshop have just been added to the list!

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Reader Comments (2)

that is so cool. I need to invent a new vocabulary to find different ways to say how cool that is.

02.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

I LOVE the idea of using stitchery as a map element. I too love, maps, and postage stamps, and all of those wonderful goodies! Have a lovely day, Karla

02.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkarla

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