Many, many months ago I signed up for the Sketchbook Project at Art House Coop. The due date for them was July 31st, and I failed to get it done. All I managed was the cover and one page. The theme was “How to Save the World”. The idea that I had great plans for, was to incorporate old maps in the project. And on each page I was going to list some small act that one individual could do with the idea that if you multiply that one person and one act by millions of people we can save the world.
Anyway that’s just background info. What I’m really getting to is my map and globe obsession. I’ve been really excited to come across some great projects using old maps. And just yesterday I got a fab, handwritten letter in the mail from Lea, and the envelope and stationery were old maps! The moleskin cover is the one I did for the Sketchbook Project. I used maps from a 1971 World Book Atlas.
dlk designs makes charm bracelets and pendant necklaces using maps.
Pink Bath Tub has some cool prints made on maps.
And here are some goodies from the brilliant Bombus Designs.
Now if you have made it all the way to the end I have two more things to tell you. First there is a handstitched competition going on here. And I’ve come up with a swap or show and tell idea if anyone is interested………The title of would be “The Illuminated Phrase”. Here’s the idea, you’re reading a book and you come across an interesting string of words, a phrase, or a description that sticks with you. Or maybe you have phrases or random words tucked away in a little notebook. Now you take that phrase or words and you illuminate them in whatever medium you want – paper, printing, embroidery, sewing, photo collage – the list is endless. Mr. Webster defines the word illuminate this way: 2. a) to make clear; explain; elucidate b) to inform; instruct; enlighten 3. to make illustrious, glorious, or famous 5. to decorate….with designs, tracings, etc…….. I’ve edited a little. If anyone is interested let me know. (And this idea really kind of originated with Melinda aka: mypurplecrayon.) I’m thinking sign ups would probably start September 1st and the project would be due in about 6 weeks. Also, please let me know if you would prefer a swap or just a show and tell. After I get some feedback I’ll go from there.