Presenter and Workshop Instructor:
Nettrice R. Gaskins, Ph.D. Candidate
Digital Media Program
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.
Vision Maps Can Be Quilts
Geometric patterns found in
African American quilts may
have been used to convey
messages on the
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
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.
Artists Can Add Symbols To Quilts
Sanford Biggers re-purposes historical quilts.
• What images or
shapes can you
see on this quilt?
• What does this symbol mean?
• What kind of math is used to make
Sanford Biggers, “Lotus,” 2007. Courtesy of the artist.
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.
Artists Can Remix Their Work
El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944). “Conspirators,” 1997.
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.
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
Finish Your Vision Map
• Cut shapes from
• Glue them to your
• Add your own
• Write about why
you chose your