Let me explain...
Some time early last year, our good friend Mark suggested that I pin on a world map where tiles are sent in from for "It's a String Thing" (IAST).
I immediately loved the idea. I cherish our community here and the fabulous tiles sent in each week. I delight in the fact that it is truly world wide. We come from far different worlds and share a common passion for tangling. How remarkable would it be to see it displayed on a map!
At the time though, many other ideas needed my attention.
As the months passed, I would occasionally search the internet for a map. Several times I even added one in an online shopping cart, but never followed through with the order.
The idea continued to hover on my 'To Do' list as a few more months passed. I gave just enough attention to it to keep it from slipping away. My search for just the right map kept turning up empty and I decided to draw my own.
I bought a black framed cork board - and even that sat in the closet off my studio room for a few more weeks.
Finally, just this week, my schedule cleared enough to put the project into production.
Here is the saga of the creation of the piece. I hope you enjoy it and who knows, it just may inspire you to make a similar one...
I began by cutting a piece of paper that covered the cork center of the frame - 14" x 20". With a line art map image from the internet for reference, I penciled the world outline and then traced it over with an 08 Micron.
Next, with an 05 Micron, I added Printemps by Maria Thomas around the shapes. My daughter Isabella suggested that I use a "wave looking" tangle, and I filled in the remaining areas with large curves of Sandswirl by Karry Heun.
This is what it looked like at this point~
Shading worked wonders for the tangles. For contrast, here is the map partially shaded:
And here it is with the shading finished ~
My initial idea was to use little flags on large pins to mark each contributor's name. To date, that number is well over 300 - too many to fit into a small space - so the idea morphed into using the flagged pins to designate the countries of origin.
I used a thin red tape to make the flags. Using a Sakura Identi-Pen, I wrote each country's name twice, folded the tape over a pin, and then trimmed the end in a 'v' shape.
A bit disappointed that the map was too small to personalize the pins, I penned IAST tangler's names in the waves of Sandswirl with an 01 Micron.
It was coming together nicely ~
Once the large country pins were set, I added small red tipped pins to designate approximate locations of where tiles were sent from. In the early years of IAST, I did not always know where the tiles originated, so some contributors' names are included but not their pins.
And (ta-da!) here is the final - the ongoing, I should say - project, hanging on my wall ~
The visual is remarkable because it shows at a glance that five (five!) continents and twenty-six countries are represented, as well as where IAST tanglers are located.
If you have been following along, observing, thinking of sending in a tile - please do! I'll add you to the tangled map with a very warm welcome.