Vision Mapping Workshop

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Vision Mapping Workshop

  1. 1. VISION MAPPING WORKSHOP Presenter and Workshop Instructor: Nettrice R. Gaskins, Ph.D. Candidate Digital Media Program Georgia Tech
  2. 2. WHAT IS A VISION MAP? A vision map is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and all of the things that make you happy. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision board.
  3. 3. Vision Maps Can Be Quilts Geometric patterns found in African American quilts may have been used to convey messages on the Underground Railroad.
  4. 4. Artists Use Math to Make Quilts Quilts are made up of shapes. (Name the shapes you see.) Artists use math (rotation) to move shapes in quilt designs. • Can you identify the degree of rotation for each shape?
  5. 5. Quilt Makers Tell Stories With Shapes “The dark day of May 19, 1780. The seven stars were seen 12 N. in the day. The cattle wall went to bed, chickens to roost and the trumpet was blown. The sun went off to a small spot and then to darkness.” – Harriet Powers Harriet Powers. “Pictorial Quilt (detail),” 1898.
  6. 6. Artists Can Add Symbols To Quilts Sanford Biggers re-purposes historical quilts. • What images or shapes can you see on this quilt?
  7. 7. • What does this symbol mean? • What kind of math is used to make this design? Sanford Biggers, “Lotus,” 2007. Courtesy of the artist.
  8. 8. Artists Create Their Own Languages Left: Bruce Onobrakpeya (b. 1932, Nigeria). “Ibiebe (Alphabet and Ideograms),” 1983. Right. Esteban Patino, “Possible Structure for a New Language,” 2009.
  9. 9. Artists Can Remix Their Work El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944). “Conspirators,” 1997.
  10. 10. Lukasa Boards Are Like Vision Maps The Lukasa board is a flat, hand-held wooden board that belongs to a member of the Luba community in Central Africa. The board is used to tell personal stories. Each board is different.
  11. 11. Make a Paper Quilt Cut out each square. Arrange the squares into your own creative pattern. Glue them down and add color. • If you have time you can create your own shapes and designs.
  12. 12. Finish Your Vision Map • Cut shapes from magazine/paper. • Glue them to your paper quilt. • Add your own shapes. • Write about why you chose your design, shapes.

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