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WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

On April 16, 2016, Emily Garfield kicked off the first annual WhatIMake event with a talk on Imaginary Maps.

Emily, a local artist from Somerville who also serves on the board of Artisan’s Asylum, maps places that she makes up as she draws.  “People have described them as something like my brain drawing itself,” she explains at the beginning of her seven minute talk

“I describe my process as growing the drawing,” Emily says. Similarly to organisms and trees, her drawings grow through emergence, not top down but bottom up. Cities also grow this way, organically, over time, and under a specific set of rules, and Emiliy’s maps reflect this. “I decide on some simple rules and I work with those rules. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be, but I know the rules.”

Emily’s maps vary from purely abstract to completely realistic, but her process always stays the same. “They allow me to explore the patterns of nature and physics and what those look like. They also allow me to outsource my design making to these random processes.”  These processes are always evolving, Emily added, describing her next step: comparing randomness in the natural world to randomness in the digital world. “I am always coming up with all these different ways to push what I do and use my inspirations to grow my process.”

“These ideas aren’t always successful, but it’s actually the very process of exploring those ideas that allows you to create more ideas. This is how creativity works. As you try out more things, you get more fodder and you marinate in these ideas that you’ve come up with. And eventually, there will be a connection that will be really successful. But you need to explore those things, you need to do that research so that you have that fodder so that you have that creative resource.”


Hear the full talk on our youtube channel and experience WhatIMake: 2017, our second annual daylong celebration of makers, on April 22! Tickets on sale now!

Gift Idea: How to Make Bath Bombs!

Gift Idea: How to Make Bath Bombs!

– written by Hearth Ember Jaclyn Wood I made a goal for myself in 2016 to buy less material things and kept to it most of the year. It made me think more about what I need, which wasn’t much, versus what I want. I try as much as I can to reduce, reuse, andContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Emily Garfield

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Emily Garfield

Talk: Imaginary Map-Making Buy tickets to the #WhatIMake Conference to hear Emily and our other talented speakers! Presenter: Emily Garfield Emily Garfield is a Somerville-based artist known for her intricate pen and watercolor maps of places that don’t exist, as well as animation and other digital and multimedia projects examining the networks within natural and humanContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Episode Five: Frank Kreimendahl

#WhatIMake Episode Five: Frank Kreimendahl

Learn about jewelry making from Hearth Member Frank Kreimendahl in this short video by John Douglas Manson. Check back throughout the year to catch upcoming episodes that highlight makers in the Greater Boston area. If you would like to nominate someone to be interviewed, send an email to mirandashearth@gmail.com.

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile Joshua Louro

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile Joshua Louro

Talk: Bridging The Gap; a holistic approach to land care, health care, and everything in between This talk and following workshop will focus on connecting the health and quality of the food we grow and eat and how much that can impact an individuals health, a communities health, and the health of the environment inContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Cameron Gray

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Cameron Gray

Talk: Mindful Munching Cameron Gray of Abundance Catering talks about the path into plant based foods. He will touch on how plant based foods challenge us be creative with our eating habits, from substitutions to entirely new meal plans that draw inspiration from around the world. Cameron will explore how vegetarian and vegan eating can introduceContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Carri Hulet

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Carri Hulet

Talk: Making Consensus Without Losing Your Mind Group decision making can be a soul-sucking experience. Too often the loudest person’s ideas dominate. The group can splinter into coalitions. Disagreements on the matters at hand can become personal and battles of will can eclipse questions that would be much better settled through rational discourse. The pursuitContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Nathan Chow

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Nathan Chow

Talk: The Magic of Juggling: How to Slow Down in Order to Maximize Success Juggling–and doing anything else in life–is easy once you know the secret: slowing down. The audience will be challenged to break down any goal into small steps and keep a slow, calm, and patient mindset. Call it meditation, art, or entertainment. ThisContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Camille DeAngelis

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Camille DeAngelis

Talk: Private Writing for Public Impact When we talk about being an effective communicator, we’re talking about how we share our ideas with other people. But our success in communicating our vision depends upon how skilled we are at communicating with ourselves. Camille will share how her private writing supports the work she produces forContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Ben Holmes of Aeronaut Brewery

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Ben Holmes of Aeronaut Brewery

Talk: Building Aeronaut 2.0 While starting Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville, Holmes has seen how hard it is to create community spaces.  Based on his experience, he’d say that it’s not for either of the following reasons: 1. lack of willing participants or interest 2. lack of space, ideas, or opportunity His talk will describe the challenges of building community spaces,Continue Reading