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Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking Paperback – November 30, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Jill Berry, mixed media and book artist, calligrapher, workshop teacher and now author of Personal Geographies is a great pal of mine. I was a bit nervous about this review. Would I be able to objectively review her book? Well, as I said, I love Jill and her book is very much her.
This is more than a craft book, but let's start with the techniques. There are templates galore: for designs of a compass rose, cartouche, head map and body map. Book and box instructions, carved metal hand instructions. There's also many ideas incorporating graphic art techniques into your map making.
For me, the real meat of Jill's book are the ideas she offers us such as "what I think my neighbor's day is like." A map of your hand, your heart, your mind. These prompts alone are worth the price of admission. The journaling ideas here encourage you to do a bit of an archeolgical dig.
Jill has done her homework here. Personal Geographies is full of information on the history and terminology of map-making and geography has always fascinated me so that is a great bonus.
A gallery is sprinkled throughout the book featuring current artists such as Beatrice Caron, Jane LaFazio, Carla Soneheim, Orly Aveneri and Gwen Diehn. These maps are very alternative, pushing the idea of map-making to new territory (ha) and pulling you along.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some great ideas in a nicely presented work. Has given me some inspiration. for my own projects.Published 2 months ago by Philip L
Jill Berry absolutely rocks as an artist, author and instructor. I created an amazing personal geography for a college-level two-dimensional design class thanks to this book!Published 13 months ago by Andrew J Encisco
There are many memories and cultural experiences connected to the "landscapes" of our life. We navigate constantly, and our journeys can be travelogues of self, fantasies... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Monica Surfaro Spigelman
"Maps ultimately testify to our belief in the value of exploration." Quote by Stephen S. Hall in Personal Geographies
What better way to explore your life and... Read more