Right MAP Making for a Future to be Possible

toMAKE™ Press & the Practice of Right MAP Making

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toMAKE™ Press is named from the verb “to make”; to make bread, to make poems, dance & music, to make love. The philosophy, in short, is to stop, to observe & experience, and to respond & share… striving to follow the precepts outlined in the broadside Right MAP Making.

Stopping to Observe and Experience the Place itSELF

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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.

Observation, Counting, Measuring, Listening

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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.
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Three Forks, Montana. Field research for the edition “Coming Together.”

the Other

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… and then suddenly 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.

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

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The tools I use for my voice, this voice that speaks through me, are those of the printing press.

Stone and Plate Lithography.
Relief, Letterpress, Intaglio, Collagraph and Chine-collé ….

The process begins; rises from that place seeking expression and voice, sharing. First a sketch and ….


I use both wet and dry drawing mediums on the matrix.Lithography is a planographic printing method, not incision is made in the limestone. The process can be described as developing ink-loving and water-loving areas on the stone.
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Dry drawing materials; crayons of varying hardness.
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Wet drawing materials; tusche of varying strengths.
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Relief printing involves cutting away the unwanted image areas. I also use chine-collé, blind embossing, varnish and flocking on my editions.
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Notes, Ink Selection, Care and Drying

Ink is carefully made from pigments and oil, mixed and tested. Prints are carefully dried between printing runs, sometimes as many as 8 or 10. Notes are kept for each run regarding paper, ink mix, matrix, drawing medium, matrix.
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Signing the edition, Numbering, Record Keeping , . . and Sharing the Gift.

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