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30 July 2010

How do we know where we are, or where we've been?

This morning a friend sent me a link to a web site called Hand Drawn Maps"The Hand Drawn Map Association (HDMA) is an ongoing archive of user submitted maps and other interesting diagrams created by hand."

It's a very interesting site, and especially interesting to me just now because at school, we're thinking about the Units of Inquiry for the coming year.  One of them is "Here and There", and we'd already talked about how drawing and reading maps would fit into that Unit.  But we weren't even imaging maps like the ones on this web site.  Here are 2 samples -

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This is a portion of  "Dotted Lines", by Karen Pringle.
"Karen created these maps to record her daily journeys. She became fascinated by the shapes and patterns we create with our wandering. In her system, the dotted lines symbolize walking while regular lines indicate travel by bus or car. Between the lines are colors and textures. Many of the textures are drawn by placing her pen on a piece of paper and letting the movement of the car jerk her hand around. The lines created by this process haphazardly document the traveling vehicle." (link)

Here's a map of the author's weekend at a workshop.
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Just one of the things I find intriguing about these maps is how time is implicit in the drawings.
Visit the Hand Drawn Maps site, and browse through the archive and the collections.  Then try to map a bit of your life!