Jill Berry and I were chatting on the phone several months ago about our artistic endeavors and one thing led to another and before we knew it we were collaborating on an art project that we formed a class around. We have yet to teach it but the conclusion and class title became "A WHEREable Art Scarf" Me being the person that instructs botanical dye printing and natural dyed fabrics and Jill instructing putting these dyed fabric pieces together forming an individual "personal geography" map. I sent Jill dyed fabric pieces and she put together her WHEREable art scarf - Down The Garden Path.
Jill a is leader in art map making and presented a challenge to any artist who wanted to accept and enter the project "Mapping 2014 Artfully" (click to go to blog and see other artist's entries). Here is Jill's explanation:
Mapmaking is a tool, a craft for the curious. Every part of making a map appeals to me: the graphic elements of traditional cartography, the journey, and the personal story encompassed by the dashed neatlines. This project is about making a map of the future, in particular the year 2014.
I accepted the challenge and decided to create my own WHEREable art scarf. I used leaves to dye print images on fabrics and then stitched them onto a background of botanically dye printed fabric. I can't honestly say I'm finished as my mind sees more stitching added but for now I'm happy with it and we'll see what the future brings!