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My Home for Five Summers

Hi everyone. I'm Angie. I am both intimidated and excited to be participateing in this class. Anne is a great of mine, and in all honesty, if she hadn't specifically emailed me and invited me to participate (the day before the class started), I probably would have been too scared to do it! Despite my undergraduate degree in illustration, I feel really out practice at this type of thing. But it also feels very good to be doing it again!

It was very hard for me to decide on something to map. I have recently moved back to Baltimore, MD after living in Connecticut for the past 6 years. I felt I needed to choose a place to which I felt an emotional connection. And as excited as I am to be back in Baltimore (my hometown)), I'm still getting readjusted. And while there were things I Ioved about New Haven (autumn, blizzards, pizza) it was mainly the friends I had that it made it feel like home, and not the location. Map ideas just weren't coming to me. And right this moment, nothing really fells like home--yet.

So... I focused on the most recent place that really felt like home to me--Cooperstown, NY. For 5 summers--from 2005-2009--I lived and worked (painting scenery for an opera house there) in the Cooperstown area. It was the perfect combination of people and place that really made it feel like home for me.

With the location picked, I settled down to work. What stood out in my mind were all the places where I had adventures with friends. My map became about recording memories. The picture below shows my map in an earlier stage. The photo is poor quality; I wasn't really intending on sharing my map at this stage so I hadn't really been concerned about getting a good picture.

I wasn't really happy with my map. The art therapist in me (did I mentined I'm an art therapist now?) thought my map felt cold, too structured, boring, etc. Not expressive enough! Part of  me really wanted do crazy things like incoorpoerate tissue paper, string, and paint.  I didn't want to go too far though, since my understanding of this assignemnt is that it's just supposed to be a simple hand-drawn map... So I settled for adding a little color:

 Anyway, that's all for now. Not sure my map communicates what I want it to communicate. But if felt good to get started on this project. And I'm glad to be here taking this class. (Thank you Anne for gently pressuring me.)

  • Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.

I'm making this map for me. For fun. To find inspiration. To connect with others. To be creative.

  • Why am I the expert to create this map?

The map is based on my own unique experiences.  

  • Who is my target audience?

I am mainly doing this for myself, but I think members of my "summer family" would also appreiciate the map.

  • Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? How is going to be used/held? What other constraints do I need to keep in mind moving forward? (Note type can be smaller on printed maps than when viewed on web)

Printed, probably.  

  • What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.)

I feel like I don't need to include a lot of detail to accomplish my goal. It's not really meant to be a map that someone would use to find their way around a new place...

  • Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to.....

I guess I'd just like some general feedback. What are your thoughts/impressions? What's the first thing that comes to your mind?

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