Rain is a festival . . . and I am in it

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Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, so that the only way to make something actual is to place it on the market. The time will come when they will sell you even your rain. At the moment it is still free, and I am in it. I celebrate its gratuity and its meaninglessness.
Rain and the Rhinoceros :: Thomas Merton

About the Artist and toMake™ Press & Editions

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  • Steven R Holloway

    Steven is an artist, mapmaker, geographer and teacher living in the intermountain west.

  • educator

    He works as an artist and teacher of the visual and observational arts, mapping ethics, lensless photography. His artist editioned prints, broadsides and maps use a variety of matricies; stone & plate lithography, relief, letterpress and silk screen.

  • runner

    An avid trail runner his personal and professional work explores the joyous and beautiful body of the earth … the beauty of the world.

  • de-education

    He has a masters degree in geography and as a professor taught cartography, design, mapping ethics & geography … but more importantly de-educated through intensive exposure to the sun, the wind and the living and wet waters everywhere and in everything.

  • & Meena the Cat

    The toMake™ studio, pressroom supervisor and general manager.

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I stop and listen
I stop and observe
I return back and stop
again, and again I count
I measure
I breathe in
and I breathe out
AND I sing like Walt and Kabir and Lorca

I experience the place itSelf
this, this drug of song and dance and colour

I touch and feel and enJOY
and get wet
and get dirty
and get cold and hot and hurt and healed
sun-cloud-water exposed
STOP, OBSERVE, EXPERIENCE.
Did I say this?
And when the place speaks,
And I hear the Voice

MAKE
to Make a mark
to Respond
a response arising from the place itSelf
I-Thou, the Other
Listening
I can no longer make maps

These are given to me,
Gifts that saved my life.
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  • the Lithography & Intaligo Press

    He has a masters degree in geography and as a professor taught cartography, design, mapping ethics & geography … but more importantly de-educated through intensive exposure to the sun, the wind and the living and wet waters everywhere and in everything.

  • the Letterpress

    He has a masters degree in geography and as a professor taught cartography, design, mapping ethics & geography … but more importantly de-educated through intensive exposure to the sun, the wind and the living and wet waters everywhere and in everything.

  • Stone Lithography

    Steven is an artist, mapmaker, geographer and teacher living in the intermountain west.

  • Plate Lithography

    The toMake™ studio, pressroom supervisor and general manager.

  • Letterpress

    He works as an artist and teacher of the visual and observational arts, mapping ethics, lensless photography. His artist editioned prints, broadsides and maps use a variety of matricies; stone & plate lithography, relief, letterpress and silk screen.

  • Intaligo

    He works as an artist and teacher of the visual and observational arts, mapping ethics, lensless photography. His artist editioned prints, broadsides and maps use a variety of matricies; stone & plate lithography, relief, letterpress and silk screen.

  • Relief

    An avid trail runner his personal and professional work explores the joyous and beautiful body of the earth … the beauty of the world.

  • Silk Screen

    He has a masters degree in geography and as a professor taught cartography, design, mapping ethics & geography … but more importantly de-educated through intensive exposure to the sun, the wind and the living and wet waters everywhere and in everything.

  • Artist Books

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vb ‘to mak’, making, to make :: to make bread, to make music, to make love

toMAKE™ Press & Editions was founded in 1998 to pursue and practice a new cartography; a map-making for a future to be possible based on the practice of the manifesto Right MAP Making.

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  • Five Ways to Make Maps for a Future to be Possible

    “The most obvious characteristic of our age is its destructiveness.” TH. MERTON THE PROBLEM for the maker of maps being that our maps are, in part, engaged in the active and wanton destruction of the world. Thus AWAKENED, we VOW to take the right effort & engage in cartographic disobedience, map making “for a future to be possible.” T.N.HANH Unacceptable it is not to ACT.

  • REVERENCE

    REVERENCE; the first precept of right map making From the awareness that our maps are, in part, responsible for the great and unnecessary destruction of life taking place in the world today. We vow to map and comment on spatial relationships in a manner non-harming, with reverence and with respect, and to reflect and reveal the beauty of life in a manner non-objectified, where the economic, the non-economic, and the unseen elements are given voice. We vow to recognize and incorporate story with the arguments on our maps. In agreement with M. Gandhi, "first... non-cooperation with everything humiliating," we vow to refrain from economicism, the objectification of sentient beings, and cartographic pornography. Such mapping and maps reflect agreement with the first principle of right action; REVERENCE.

  • GENEROSITY

    THE PRACTICE of GENEROSITY; the second precept From the awareness that our maps are, too often, in our self-interest, greedy consumptions of endless desire, human biased and nationalistic. We vow to engage in a mapping of that which desires to be mapped and shared, not taking that into map form that which does not belong to us; desiring to remain unmapped. We vow to be generous to all sentient beings on our maps and in our mapping. Where generosity is also the courage to leave blank on the page that which does not belong to us, not mapping to take what is not ours, and honoring the sanctity of the commons. Leviticus: "fields are not to be reaped to the border." Such mapping and maps show agreement with the second principle of right action: GENEROSITY.

  • COMMITMENT

    COMMITMENT TO THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PLACE; the third precept From the awareness that our maps are, in part, reflective of a lack of relationship and commitment to the place in which we reside and map. We vow to resist the temptation to map places with which we have no intimate or committed relation. We seek to remember and honor our relationship to the place; mapping with an honesty of lines, colours, and shapes, the naming of places, the unnaming as well, without gossip or intent to harm, or to divide, but rather with a clarity of intent to all sentient beings with whom we are committed to with & in the relationship. Such mapping and maps show agreement with the third principle of right action: COMMITMENT TO THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PLACE.

  • ONE BODY

    ON BELONGING TO ONE BODY; the fifth precept for a future to be possible From the awareness that our maps are, in part, disconnected from the body of the earth. How can this be? Kabir says, "Whose Body is it anyway?" We vow to make our maps about the body living; our own body, the body in motion, ever-changing and interconnected, the body free from addiction and enslavement to the toxicity of drugs: ownership, objectification, disconnection, greed, capitalism, all the isms. We vow to map that delight in the body that serves to reduce suffering and misery. Maps, and the making of maps that respect all sentient beings; the living breathing air, the changing clouds, and the wind and the tides in motion, the soils, the interwoven rocks, the waterways and the water bodies entwined & circling, mountains rising & falling, compost building. Maps respecting and awakened to belonging to the OneBody without separation. Such mapping and maps show agreement with the fifth principle, oikos as the ecologic, economic and ecumenical whole of right livelihood: BELONGING TO ONE BODY.

  • DEEP LISTENING

    DEEP LISTENING THROUGH DIRECT-CONTACT & STOPPING; the fourth precept From the awareness that our maps are, in part, a failure to deeply listen and have been made without stopping to directly contact and listen to the place we are mapping. We vow to refrain from mapping what we do not know to be the truth, to first stop to experience the interconnected, ever-changing and interwoven space we are privileged to map. These maps acknowledge the intimate Other, the desire for the awakened heart and mind with & in direct contact with the place itSelf. Such mapping and maps show agreement with the fourth principle of right speech: DEEP LISTENING THROUGH DIRECT-CONTACT AND STOPPING.

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  • STOPPING

    A Real Place. Before any edition is started a real place has been visited on multiple occasions, over and over, sometimes years … and until the experience reveals itSelf to speak. This is true if I am making a map or print. Lensless images are often acquired during these visits and can reflect changes to the place. Each and all of my responses reflect back to a place. The most important and difficult aspect of this is stopping. For this reason it sometimes is years before I feel I have heard a voice that asks to be spoken.

  • DEEP LISTENING

    Observation, Counting, Measuring, Listening. To facilitate stopping and being able to experience I engage in a variety of practices; measuring the wind, the air, soil and water temperatures, determining the color and texture of the soil, the earth, noticing the clouds and counting things, all things, my breath and the passing animals and people. Taking slow, extended exposure lensless images on film. Sketching and making notes and scribbles. You can practice and the practice allows for the experience. You cannot say I am going to experience the ‘Other’, but you can stop and be ready, open, prepared and willing for the Other to speak withIN.

  • & OBSERVATION

    Observation, Counting, Measuring, Listening. To facilitate stopping and being able to experience I engage in a variety of practices; measuring the wind, the air, soil and water temperatures, determining the color and texture of the soil, the earth, noticing the clouds and counting things, all things, my breath and the passing animals and people. Taking slow, extended exposure lensless images on film. Sketching and making notes and scribbles. You can practice and the practice allows for the experience. You cannot say I am going to experience the ‘Other’, but you can stop and be ready, open, prepared and willing for the Other to speak withIN.

  • EXPERIENCING THE OTHER

    YA) . . .

  • and AGAIN

    . . . and you realize that there is something to say about this Beauty, this Joy, this livingness. And this something is a pressure from withIN that must speak. Practicing come to fruition and you put the tools to work.

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Mapping notes during field work visits

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Extended Exposure Pinhole Image on Film

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Riparian corridor in the Kelly Island complex.

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The waterway(s) in the Kelly Island complex.

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Field work Summer

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Field work Winter

THE RESPONSES :: INK ON PAPER
Responding to Real Places :: Maps & Prints in Limited Editions

THE RESPONSES
Spatial-Temporal Explorations

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