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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144030856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308567
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Discover the wonders of cartography through very interesting mixed-media projects that get our hands dirty, and our minds alive to who we are. The projects found in Personal Geographies are interesting not only because of the quality methods that they teach, but because of the meaningful thoughts that they provoke." --Jenny Doh/Crescendoh

"Quite simply, the best book I have received for review in a very long time. It does what a great book is supposed to do: Inspire, inform, teach. Berry kept it personal, and at the same time included enough history to make it a true resource. The projects are terrific and there isn't a single dud. That's something I say about once in a decade." --Judi Kauffman/Scrapbooking & Beyond Magazine/Paper Creations Magazine

"I was taken aback with the true uniqueness of Personal Geographies. There is truly no book out there like this. Personal Geographies takes readers on a journey of self-discovery by creating a series of different artistic maps. Those looking to expand their current artistic repertoire need to pick this up right away." --Christen Olivarez/Editor-In-Chief, Director of Publishing/Somerset Studio

About the Author

Jill Berry is a graphic designer, mixed-media artist and teacher who makes lots of books, paintings and other story-telling structures. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Design, she spent a year of graduate studies in Italy. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Letter Arts Review, cloth paper scissors and Art Journaling magazine as well as North Light's Interactive Art Workshop. She has taught at three universities in Colorado as well as at several major art retreats. Jill Berry lives in Superior, CO.


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Jill K. Berry is a graphic designer, mixed-media artist and teacher who makes lots of books, paintings and other story-telling structures. After graduating with a degree in Design, she spent a year of graduate studies in Italy. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Letter Arts Review, Cloth Paper Scissors, Art Journaling magazine and many other books and publications. She has taught at three universities in Colorado as well as at several major art retreats. Jill K. Berry lives in Superior, CO.

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Jill Berry's book covers maps in a whole new way to me.
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The projects are well thought out out, explained in detail and easy to follow.
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A book of wonderful ideas, pictures, fun, information and creativity.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Carol Sloan on October 31, 2011
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Normally when I receive a new book in the mail, I flip through it briefly then set it aside to look at later. When I opened Jill Berry's book, that habit changed. I couldn't put it down! In this age of countless new releases, Jill has managed to produce a book on a quite different subject matter - mixed media map making.
She helps the virgin mapmaker by explaining the parts of a map, tips to design a compass rose and a cartouche as well as questions to ask yourself as you begin to design your personal map.
The book is split into three sections with several step by step tutorials for different projects within each section.
The sections are:
1. Mapping the Self
2. Mapping Your Experiences
3. Plans, Projections and Possibilities
There are a total of 21 projects and loads of artwork by the 17 contributing artists.
If you're interested in map making, story telling and eye catching artwork, this book is for you!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sue B VINE VOICE on November 26, 2011
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Jill Berry has turned the art of cartography into a unique and engaging way to approach using a sketchbook or journal to explore your life experiences, travels and personal journeys through life.

The book opens with the basics of what a map is, ideas for things to map, explanations of the parts of a map and includes a comprehensive list of supplies that Jill uses to create the projects in the book. The first main chapter, Mapping the Self, is centered around using mapping as a tool of self-discovery. There are several projects in this chapter including creating a head and body map using paper, pencils, crayons and other every day supplies using the templates provided in the book. You'll also find a carved copper hand map, a 3d heart map, an articulated self portrait map with moveable parts and more.

Chapter two is all about mapping your experiences and you'll learn how to create a pop up memory map, a strip map as well as explore creating a map using simple repeating symbols and ideas for creating a collaborative map. The last chapter in this book is all about Plans, Projects and Possibilities and is all about creating mixed media art pieces from real or fictional maps. Create a map of a fictional place that you read about in a book or one that exists only in your imagination. Create an unfolding 9 panel map book of the future, a box that unfolds and lays flat when the lid is removed, a framed map of your Utopia, a postcard journal or a flip book of a trip you want to remember.

Every page of this book is a feast for the eye and each project is illustrated with step by step directions and easy to read and understand directions. The photography is clear and sharp making the details of the artwork easy to see.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Hoagland on November 3, 2011
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I recently received my book, Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed Media Mapmaking. The book is excellent and very easy to use. Not only does Jill provide great and informative instructions; she also provides templates to facilitate the creative process. The style of writing is similar to her tone used in her classes. The resources within the book are part of a growing legion of mixed media artists who are gracious and giving.

Dear reader and future readers, get the book and try the head map. I cannot wait to do it myself; I plan to work my way through most of the projects as I explore, my talent, my dreams and move toward good health.

Great work Jill.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scoutsmom on November 24, 2011
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I am loving this book. When I heard about this I immediately ordered it. I love maps, but I've always felt as though they were removed from me, something too arcane for me to grasp. Oh, I can read a map to find out where I'm going. That's no problem. But all the topography and symbology and the legend and what lines mean which kinds of roads, well... it is sometimes daunting.

Jill Berry not only demystifies the regal map, but she also gives us permission to MAKE one of our own. Or more! Different kinds of maps! Maps of the self, hand maps, body maps, heart maps, history and street maps. And I appreciate that she shares the maps of other artists, with varying sensibilities.

Not only are there 21 projects with clear tutorials, but the author's narratives are fascinating to me because they help to clarify the content I wish to bring into focus in my own maps from my own life stories. She talks about her life-long love of maps, and touches upon the evolution of maps, the influences guiding map-making, the values of maps through history, and really brings The Map into perspective. After loving the mysterious map for so long, I'm enjoying making my own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By beckyjo8 on December 17, 2011
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This book takes you on a comprehensive and creative map making journey. It is FULL of a variety of unique projects and techniques. There are step by step instructions for each of the 21 projects with quality photos that match each step to help you visualize the process. The book is both conversational and instructional making it an enjoyable reading experience as well as a helpful tutorial. It's not a book that you can skim through in an hour...it has a lot packed into it that makes you want to stop and absorb the photos, the stories, the information from additional contributors to the book as well as the core techniques. I will enjoy making the projects in this book for myself but I am also looking forward to working through some of the projects with my grandchildren during the summer. I want to start with the head map where Jill encourages us to map an idea that we have in our head and then gives us the steps to put that to paper in a creative fashion. Wouldn't it be fun to see what mappable ideas our children or grandchildren have in their heads? I highly recommend it and the Amazon price makes it a great deal!
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