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Right MAP Making

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

the Practice of Right MAP Making

Download the Right MAP Making PDF broadside


Stopping to Observe, Experience and Share :: the Place itSelf

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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.
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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.
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Visiting a place; field research for the edition “Generosity”
… and then 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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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.


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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Responding to a Real Place; the making of a map

At the junction of the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers, Kelly Island, Montana

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Map showing field work visits

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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 notes and mapping

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Field work

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Lensless Image during field work visits

The Right MAP Making broadside is available both signed and unsigned. Signed work supports toMAKE™ and the artist. Unsigned work covers the costs of printing. The PDF files are offered free of charge for your use. Please consider making a financial donation, a.k.a. gift.
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“Right MAP Making: Five Ways to MAKE MAPs For a Future To Be Possible” is a 21.5” by 14.5” two-colour letterpress broadside on Somerset Velvet Antique white, printed in a run of 360, copyright by Steven R Holloway and designed & produced by toMake Press. It is intended to articulate the fundamental principles of ethical conduct in mapping & maps and to stimulate “right action.” Set in Operina and Dante and printed in a first edition in the shop of Peter Koch, Printers on the occasion of the 2007 Pecha Kucha of the North American Cartographic Information Society during which 200 copies were distributed on October 12th 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Forty letterpress copies are reserved as a signed and numbered edition by the author and available online from toMake Press for a donation. A donation of dana or generosity is requested. These copies are intended to support the work of the artist, author and printer. Shipped domestic USPS Priority in a tube.

The broadside is available without charge as a downloadable PDF.
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