Name: Lauren Montanaro Norster
Why do you find maps so interesting to recreate?
Maps and globes are something I've been able to stare at and become lost in since I was quite small. I find them to be beautiful and intriguing, and recreating them or inventing my own allows me to travel somewhere while in the drawing process, creating my own world. I also like to incorporate pieces of my day into maps, making them a way of recording time and memories.
No, although I've been spending a lot of time creating art - I've challenged myself to draw at least 50 pieces for the month of November! I went to school for Elementary Education, and right now I'm working one-on-one with a 12 year old home schooler. Teaching is definitely another creative outlet for me, and she's an artist too -- so we have that in common.
Explain the process of making one of your prints so we can get a sense of what goes into them.
Usually I'll start off by looking through one of my many map books, searching for a line or some topography that catches my eye. Then, I put layers of paint down, and start to mix my own lines with the lines of the map. Sometimes I'll use multiple maps as references, sometimes only one, or sometimes none, working just with whatever strikes me. I like to work small, with lots of detail, so even though the pieces are small, a lot of time and thought goes into them.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Aside from other maps, I find that a lot of inspiration comes when I least expect it -- I'll notice a shape I like in rocks while I'm taking a walk, or be inspired to draw maps involving stars while watching a show that takes place in space. Whenever I'm stuck, checking out new posts on my blog reader is always inspiring -- seeing new work and creativity always helps!
What's one item on your holiday wish list?
I live in Maine, and really could use a new pair of snow boots!
Lauren has been so kind to offer free shipping to anyone who mentions "Things We Make" in the etsy check out, so hop on over and see what else she's made. Also, for the month of November she's challenging herself to make 2 drawings a day, so definitely stay tuned to see what she's creating!