“…And for most journeys, we need a map…” ~Patti Digh
This week’s theme for Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge was focused on all things maps. It has been lots of fun to work on different creative concepts combining my 3×5 art making with map making. I used a variety of maps I’ve collected….. from maps I have picked up in hotels, local & regional maps, prints of maps in magazine catalogs, and maps gifted to me in paper stash swaps. On the 3rd day of this theme, I was also inspired by researching maps of the hand.
As this week’s ICAD theme comes to a close, I’m spent time today reflecting on themes around finding, discovery, navigating, & adventuring.
My companion for today’s reflection was the book, The Geography of Loss, by Patti Digh which I took off the bookshelf in my creative space this morning as I looked over the 3x5s I created this past week.
“The word map: A process of seeing, of charting, of knowing, or journeying into and through.”
I often include paper hearts in my 3×5 art (and art journaling for that matter!) and the map theme really inspired its inclusion even more. As a compass of sorts.
Today, post 3×5 making and having these maps & paper hearts before me, I re-visited Digh’s section on thematic mapping for widely opening our hearts (Part 2). Digh prompts us to create a metaphorical map of our heart and to think about what’s inside, what/who opens or closes this heart, to honor what is by honoring what was, and to feel the difference between a heart that is protected and one that is free & open. Inspiring stuff….. :)
I love this combination of heart & map making…. As I worked on each of these cards the intention of progress, readiness, and journey honoring was definitely on my 3×5 making brain. It’s nice to see the series together, as well as pieces of the terrain that create a larger perspective.
I look forward to continuing ICAD’s themes for weeks 4-6!