On Saturday, October 23rd, please join us for an afternoon of free DIY cartography at the Library. Special guests Matt Knutzen (the Library's own geospatial librarian) and map artist Connie Brown of Redstone Studios will teach us a bit about cartography, and then we'll all put that knowledge to use in making our own personal maps. We'll have basic supplies for this hands-on project to share, but if you have your own compass and ruler you are welcome to bring them along to use. Matt has promised to bring out a swell spread of maps and atlases from the Library’s collections to inspire as well.
Not so sure that workaday wayfinding tools can be artsy crafty? Think again. Design*Sponge featured a few beautiful embroidered maps late last year. Recent books like You Are Here and The Map as Art gather together examples of artists' incorporation of cartography in a variety of media. Online projects like Kris Harzinski's Hand Drawn Map Association (and his book From Here to There) highlight the creative mapmaking potential inherent in each of us. And exhibitions such as You Are Here: Mapping the Psychogeography of New York City provide innovative and interactive map experiences for those who step into the gallery space.
I hope that you'll find your way to the Library on the 23rd! You'll find all of the event details here.