For eleven determined map designers, the ever-available view of the North Cascades' Colonial Peak and Pyramid Peak from the North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake may have helped give them perspective as they navigated their ways through the complex process of drawing maps during The Artful Map, A One-Page Nature Journal (Sept. 6-9). This class does not offer templates; each participant designs her or his individual representation of a Place. As we all learned, this requires the courage of a mountain climber and the calm of a monk. They earned their badges, as their work will testify. Some had considerable art experience, and some had very little at all. Each one pushed to learn new technical skills and develop keen eyes for design. I have divided the review into two parts. Part I, here, shows the maps that were based on the local or regional areas in the North Cascades. Scroll down further to read Part II:
My dry-erase marker set comes in handy in my workshops at the Learning Center. To offer a little daily lettering design lesson, I will select a quote to put up on the board. The maps made in the class told many stories. Below, Libby Mills incorporated as many possible visual stories related to this region as she could fit on one small journal page. Click on her map to see a larger view, and have fun reading this map.
Jessica Haag's map (not complete yet) features a stylized Deer Creek Trail, an enchanting path near campus, with some favorite highlights. A shelter, a hummingbird's nest, native plants, and various icons enhance her circular map. One of Jessica's intents was to incorporate classic map elements in unconventional ways. Her scale is represented in hoof prints.
Part II may be seen below.