Sunday, December 6, 2009

horses and houses

Ryan Mrozowski

Andrea Wan

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Amy Casey

I love looking old houses and barns but I have never made any art with this love. Therefore I love these and they inspire me to have a second thought.

I also have been wanting do make something that does not involve meticulous cutting, drawing or painting. Since my studio is still drying out from a bit of flooding I decided to start sewing. I have been scrapping together, a bit like Gees Bends, and I hope it leads somewhere. Here is an old piece I did for an application at Anthropologie's visual department. The idea was to recycle and use low budget materials. It is very decorative but I miss making them. With all this sewing, maps, and folk artchitecture I hope a fusion is in the near future. Time is the challenge.

If you cannot tell from the picture, they are baskects I covered with old cable-knit sweaters and flannels. I weaved and french-braided some.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Design*Sponge turned me on to Henrique Oliveira, who uses wood peelings for his sculptures and installations.

Picture 153

Speaking of wood scraps, I have a friend that makes jewelry out of wood that are really inspirational. You can find Moorea Seal's work on

Scoop Necklace

Monday, October 19, 2009 Day Jackson

A new map

Thanks to Cartophilia I saw these great Cartograms. Instead of showing land mass they show population mass. They look very similar to the drawings I had been doing. See Below.

UK cartogram [a+quilters+net+2009.JPG]

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kevin Yates

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Map Quilt Research

Recent thoughts on maps include the possibility of working with fabric and quilts. I am currently waiting to pick up the sewing machine I bought from a garage sale from my mother who was giving it a tune-up. My mother has extensive experience with sewing machines being a quilter herself. I have been the only female in my family to stop the tradition of quilting in my family. But I have a feeling this is no longer true. During my wait I decided to do some google research.

I found a great blog: Cartophilia

Which led me to
steak maps.


Then the ever trendy Famille Summerbelle's decorations for a child's rooms

London map in London bus red

Matthew Cusik
Matthew Cusick Art

Chasing The Dragon, 2006
Maps, book pages, acrylic, on wood panel
40 x 64 inches

Detail of Charlie's Angels, 2009
Leviathan, 2008
Illustrated bible, sumi ink, charcoal, chalk, on panel
45 x 64 inches

Bonnie, 2004
Maps on wood panel.
42 x 60 inches

Nina Katchadourian

Coastal Merger, 1993
Reconstructed paper map, 15 x 30 inches

"I was born in California, moved to the east coast for college, went back to the west coast for graduate school, and now live on the east coast again. This map reflects my bi-coastal experience of this country."

Brenda Jones

"Actually, I use maps in the work often to signify a geographic place where I was when those thoughts were going through my head. Also, I sometimes use them because they really give a place to the person I was thinking of. Or, sometimes it is simply because they symbolize some time of journey to me and most of the works do have something to do with a journey of some sort or another...whether it is mental or geographic."

Marek Ranis and Maja Godlewska, Installation Artists

And a Quilter's Map.

Radical Cartography
by Harold Fisk in 1944

I lost the name for this artist. If anyone finds it please let me know.

Ian hundley

Oberg Green, 2000
cotton, wool, silk & linen
70 x 70 inches

Emily Fischer

haptic_ftgreene_quilt.jpgFantastic. Haptic Lab's Haptician in Chief is Elizabeth Emily Fischer, who makes Soft Maps, quilts with map patterns stitched onto them:

"These heirlooms are meant to be used: wrap your children in them, have a picnic, pull them close during the next Nor'easter. Not only beautiful, these blankets can be used as a mnemonic tool. As your child grows up with a Soft Map, they learn to read their neighborhood and its landmarks in a tactile, easily remembered way."

Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff, Targets

Acrylic on canvas, with wood frame
108x108 in

Full sized image

Secret Kiss, 1999, knitted wool, 40 x 20 x 33 cm

Full sized image

City Drawings Series (Addis Ababa), 1997, pencil on paper 31 x 21 cm

Full sized image

Little Universe 2 , 2006, enamelled bronze, unique, 9 x 40 x 20 cm

Guillermo Kuitca

People on Fire, 1993
mixed media on canvas
76 x 110 inches

Neufert Suite (Offices and Workstations), 1998
oil and colored pencil on linen
77 x 77 inches