“Maybe someday you’ll go there.”


As mentioned in my last post, I came to Taos, New Mexico with the hopes of making art and being creative. My sister, Emilie is 7 months pregnant and has a 19 month old toddler, Lyla. Back home she’s working on Lyla’s new big girl room so that she can get her nursery ready for their new baby boy arriving in June. I asked her if she would like a world map for Lyla’s new room and knowing the feminine and delicate theme of the room, I suggested one of my quilt maps on wood. I make these maps with little squares of scrapbook paper that match the color of the room. The paper fills the continents and then I glue them on to light wood which gives a nice rustic look and the grain of the wood is like ripples in the oceans. I paint the whole thing with Modge Podge and then having it framed, exposed without glass, is the finishing touch.


Emilie took it upon herself to go buy the perfect paper and patterns that she loved and brought them on our trip. I brought the sheet of paper with the world map traced on it. The dining table at our rental place, made from a reclaimed barn door, was the perfect place to get working. It was reminiscent of my work area at home. Sunlight shines in from the floor to ceiling windows behind me and I can see expansive views of the surrounding mountains. I love that I can feel inspired in a place so far from home. When I get back home I’ll work with the wood and deliver the art to Emilie so she can pick the perfect frame to go with the room’s decor.

I’m so happy I get to make art for my niece. She’s too young to appreciate it now but as she grows up, I imagine her mom and dad pointing to places on the map and saying “maybe someday you’ll go there.” See, part of my secret plan with these maps is to subliminally foster future world travelers. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

Finding inspiration in Taos, New Mexico

I’m enjoying this spring break with my kids, my sister and her daughter in New Mexico. I came here without much of an agenda, other then the knowledge that this place inspires artists and is surrounded by beautiful nature and so I loved the idea of being creative while I’m here. In the past couple days I’ve found the time to redesign my Wander + Wonder World Maps website (www.wanderandwonder.org), edit a little video of me in my art studio working on a map as the seasons change, started a new Instagram account specific to my art, took a bunch of photos and started this new blog! Not to mention, exploring Taos, Santa Fe and spending quality time with family.

Enjoy some photos of the area:


You can view the entire album of photos of this trip on my Flickr account.

And that little video I put together: