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Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking

Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking

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by Jill K. Berry

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Explore your Creative Self with Mixed-media Maps

You don't have to be a world traveler or a professional cartographer to embark on a grand journey of self-discovery through mapmaking. Personal Geographies gives you the tools and techniques you'll need to create artful maps of your self, your experiences and your personal journey. Chart the innermost


Explore your Creative Self with Mixed-media Maps

You don't have to be a world traveler or a professional cartographer to embark on a grand journey of self-discovery through mapmaking. Personal Geographies gives you the tools and techniques you'll need to create artful maps of your self, your experiences and your personal journey. Chart the innermost workings of your mind, document your artistic path and create an unfolding maze of your future dreams and goals.

Inside Personal Geographies you'll discover:

  • 21 mixed-media map projects featuring artistic techniques like working with alcohol inks and pochoir, painting on a black surface and carving custom stamps
  • Insight into the world of traditional and contemporary maps and how they relate to and inspire personal mapmaking
  • A gallery of maps by contributors from around the world to spark your own creativity

From mapping your head, hands and heart to recording powerful memories or experiences, the maps in Personal Geographies are a gateway into the fascinating and meaningful world of you.

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From the Publisher

"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

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Meet 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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Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
scoutsmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so great that I purchased the paperback version after the Nook version proved to be disappointing. Do buy the paperback version, it is a fantastic book by a very talented artist, beautiful step by step lessons for the projects delivered in a personal and accessible voice. She is a very skilled teacher. I have the app on myiPad and the page numbers and links didn't sync. There were also missing pages and artwork - a good portion of the book was just not there. It seems like there was one version for the ebook and another for the hard copy.
TJenny More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book abound with cool techniques, what you learn about yourself by going through the projects is amazing. There's an entire world in me yet to be explored and these exercises are the ticket!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avid-Reader_53 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book that is simply organized yet filled with incredible ideas for combining story-telling, maps, and art. I've collected many "how to" books over the years, and this is at the top of my list. It's such a unique idea! The projects are clearly explained and contain great photographs and instructions. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in sharing their stories and art. You don't have to be an advanced artist either to complete these projects. They can be as simple or complex as you choose.
P_Arrowood More than 1 year ago
The next best thing to being there! Since receiving this book just after its release, it has become one of my favorites for fueling the creative fire. Clearly written and beautifully illustrated with work from the author and other artists, it is the next best thing to taking a class with Jill K. Berry! Personal Geographies is much more than a 'how to' book, though -- The back-story to the author's love of map making is very inspiring and the wide assortment of map related projects are the ideal springboard to cartophiles of any interest level. In addition to learning about the anatomy of maps, there is a good deal of historical information on the many ways maps have been made and used over the years. Consult the pages of this book to create a meaningful card/gift, jazz up your journaling, or indulge in a little introspective investigation. Whether mapping the memories of a special trip, a normal day, or a dream of the future, ideas abound in this excellent title from Northlight Books.
Lynda3 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved maps, but author Jill Berry takes the study, use and creation of maps to a whole new level in this book. She encourages her reader to think of and use maps in a whole new way. It's a fascinating and very informative book for any artist or art lover.
SomethingLisa More than 1 year ago
Jill Berry's book covers maps in a whole new way to me. She explains all the parts of a map and how I can make different maps to document my life. Maps aren't just for getting from point A to point B in a geographic location! I love the many ideas she covers from mapping your brain to how you got to a certain point in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the author,I have an interest in maps and use them in my multi-media art. But this is not a book about just cartography though it explains the history, creation, and symbols of maps; it's about using cartography to create your own personal maps to thoughts, feelings, events, etc. Thank you Jill Berry for a new way to explore ourselves through art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully written and the project ideas are great. There is no way to get it wrong. The questions you have to answer to give each project meaning are exactly the kinds of questions you would want to ask when making conversation with kids (and adults).