I have four sketchbook pages in the Sketchbook Show at the Nave Annex in Davis Square, Somerville. The opening reception is Friday, January 9th from 6-8pm and the show runs through January 31st. It’s a really interesting look into how very different artists approach their process, and I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area!
More information, including gallery hours, is on the Nave’s website here.
Here’s what my sketchbook pages look like in situ:
I have about 20 pieces in an exhibition at The Picture Place, a gallery and frame shop at 320A Harvard St in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. The reception will be Friday, December 5th from 7-10pm, and will include a drop-in collaborative drawing project— guests can come and see the work, and then get creative with map marks of their own.
UPDATE: While the show was slated to be on til December 27th, the owner decided to take it down early. Thanks to everyone who came to see it while it was up!
I will be teaching another workshop for kids this Saturday November 8 at Parts and Crafts (577 Somerville Ave) from 1-3pm. I’ll have some of my sketches and inspirations handy, as well as lots of materials to get creative with mapmaking!
From Parts & Crafts:
A map-making workshop like you’ve never seen it before, pairing fractals, biology, the patterns of cells and neurons with worlds of our own devising. Hosted by Emily Garfield, a local artist specializing in cartography and flights of fancy. Come for open shop, stay for the workshop!
The class is $25, or $15 for Parts & Crafts members; register here to attend.
Parts and Crafts events are geared towards kids 7-12 years old.
Last weekend I spent Saturday at MIT’s first Mini Maker Faire. The event couldn’t support sales, but after talking about it I realized that would be a good opportunity to do a collaborative/interactive project. I have a few ideas for digital interactive projects that have been rattling around in my mind for a while, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time or expertise to complete them in time for the event so I went low-tech.
I brought a big piece of drawing paper and a variety of markers and crayons and just invited visitors to help me make a map. It was a super simple setup but people got surprisingly into it.
We had a range of skill levels, scales and styles, but it came together! I spent a lot of my time at the table drawing map bits around everyone’s contributions, even the text ones. I’m not sure I would call the whole thing a map but I think people had fun contributing to it and it looks pretty cool all together!
For a while I’ve been brainstorming ways to combine plants and maps. I was originally inspired by a call for art from the Arboretum, but it’s also been interesting to me since they’re two things I get really excited about so there must be some way they can work together. I had an idea to do something specimen-inspired, and drew out some ideas:
I tried drawing on actual leaves, which was fun but less than archival. But I had more success drawing around leaf prints.
I tried a few ways to make prints, including painting leaves with wash and leaving them pressed against watercolor paper to dry:
The detail came out pretty well, although I was initially disappointed by the spottiness. As I played with the forms, though, I realized I could draw hybrids of leaves and maps, using mapping to fill out the missing spaces of the leaf print. I like how they came out!
The above array of leaf prints was accepted into the Arboretum show, so it will be on view for the reception on Thursday, September 18th from 6-8 and through JP Open Studios weekend (September 20-21) from 10am-5pm at the Arboretum exhibition hall.
Last weekend I taught a short workshop on imaginary mapmaking at Somerville Skillshare, a day of free workshops held at the Armory. I was blown away by the response—people were lining up for it when I got there, and even though we admitted over twice the number of people I had originally planned for we still had to turn people away because we were out of seats!
Here’s what it looked like while people were drawing:
I had some prepared paper, some printouts with imaginative maps that inspire me, and some of the drawing materials I regularly use, and it was fascinating to see people turn them into maps. Here’s some of the art that came out of the 50-minute workshop:
My work will be on display at Grace Chapel Gallery in Lexington, MA as part of a collaboration with two other Artisan’s Asylum artists on the theme of fjords and natural formations. The title of the group show is “Conversations” and it will be on view through June 17. There will be an opening reception on May 18th from 4-6pm. Read on for more information about how the collaboration came about!
Tomorrow (Saturday the 16th) I will be giving a mapmaking workshop at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington from 11am-12pm, open to attendees with RSVP (see more). There will also be a closing reception that afternoon for the current four-person exhibition “Driven to Abstraction” that includes many of my map drawings. The reception is from 3:30-4:30pm and open to the public.