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Happy Classes in Oregon

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Map Making, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Happy Classes in Oregon

I just got back from my first long teaching gig since “the event.” It was a clear blue day, and on the way into Portland, we flew past Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainer.   The event was at Focus on the Book, a five day retreat for book lovers, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The guild there put it on, they are brilliant at it and all details were covered with humor and efficiency. That sounds like a 1950s drippy description of a housewife, but it is true. My first class was three days long and was called “An Intimate Atlas.” There were 13 wonderful women in the class, people that...

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Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Map Making | 13 comments

Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

A few months ago I was invited to participate in an event at the Denver Art Museum. My job was to find a piece in the museum that would inspire me to make my own artwork, with the theme “Uncharted” and then present it to an audience with a 20 minute talk. This is a huge honor for me, and a bar that is set a bit higher than other art challenges I have had. They told me many hundreds of people attend this event, and any of you who have done a thing like this know the two big fears 1. I will forget all my words and choke on stage 2. I will reveal my “baby” and no one...

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Down Under, Week 1

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Map Making, Personal Geographies, Workshops and Classes | 7 comments

Down Under, Week 1

A week ago I left my home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and flew to Australia. It was a long and amazingly comfortable journey, despite the fact that it lasted 24 hours. Kass Hall, my internet friend for years, and author of the bestselling book Zentangle Untangled, picked me up at the airport on Wednesday, two days after I left. One day just goes missing when you fly in this direction. Kass is precisely what I had expected; frank, funny, talented and full of spunk. We went to the museum in Melbourne the second day and saw lots of school groups learning about art. Check out the kid...

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Sea Fever

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Map Making | 2 comments

Sea Fever

I am obsessed with the sea. This map is called  “Beach House” and it is fabric, ribbons, paints and papers with some stitching. It was inspired by Valerie S. Godwin’s book that all of you need, called “Art Quilt Maps”. Mine is not quilted, I do not have that in my stable of skills. The background fabric is stenciled fabric paint on cotton, a technique I learned from Liz Kettle.  Enjoy this seaside retreat, and enjoy this poem. Sea Fever BY JOHN MASEFIELD  (w. 1902) I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and...

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Under the Influence

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Map Making, My Work, Uncategorized, Workshops and Classes | 4 comments

Under the Influence

Two weeks ago I taught an new class, called “Under the Influence”. It was inspired by four (of the many) artists whose work has influenced mine. There has been so much discussion in social media about copying, learning from, and being influenced by recently. It is a confusing topic for artists just starting out, and apparently for some who have been around a long time. There is a very long tradition of artist’s schools, where a “master” will take in apprentices to learn what he/she knows. The apprentices work can eventually be confused for their masters if they...

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My Journey with Maps, a Video

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in About me, Map Making, My techniques, My Work | 2 comments

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