Map Love Madness № 9

front with charcoal stitching for the top thread

painted the reverse as well, white thread from the bobbin

 Before the paint, lots of mappy intersecting lines. This reminds me of several of the maps I did in 2012... stitched-map-on-black and the neocolor version.

Watercolor paper, stitched to look like an {imaginary} city map, painted with gouache on both sides. Why both sides? Well... why not? When I do art with a map-theme, I study a map, any map, and remind myself of the ways that roads and bridges and rivers and intersections look on a map. Then I think of the way that streets look in my imaginary version of Pittsburgh, where I grew up. This looks nothing like Pittsburgh, of course. Because I don't really think in 3D. The streets are disorganized; no rhyme or reason to the layout other than skirting the many rivers. Imagine the streets on this map going up and down hills. Some of the intersections are bridges, underpasses and overpasses. The open spaces are city parks and green spaces.

I bent a needle making this mappy art, which is really not surprising considering how fast I was attempting to sew. It's comforting to know that I have extra needles, should something go awry. The clue was the hyper-serious thundering noise the machine made when I attempted to make it go. The needle was so barely bent that it looked perfectly straight, but a new needle fixed the problem.

Good books for map lovers include Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking. I especially loved the portion of the book dedicated to the compass rose on each map. Now I take note of all of the variations! The book containes a variety of map-inspired art. Also, take a look at You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination. This is a quick read; the majority of the book is maps. I'd like to have seen some additional macro views of the maps, to really see the work from an artistic perspective and not only the map as a whole. A lovely collection of quirky and interesting maps.