Valerie Goodwin
Valerie Goodwin - Street Structures Cartographic Quilt

My introduction to cartographic quilts was through Valerie Goodwin who is an architect and textile artist. Valerie’s textiles have been exhibited and documented extensively and she is widely known in our community for her maps. Since then, many others have caught my eye and I am pleased that we now have quite the selection here on TAFA.

National Geographic uses beautiful maps to illustrate the article’s topic. They can be about anything: migration, pollution, climate change, excavations, and for artists, they can be about actual locations, imagined places or even feelings.

Oldest Map was made from clay!


Baylonian map oldest known in the worldFrom Geo Lounge:

The oldest known world map is the Babylonian Map of the World known as the Imago Mundi.  This map dates back to the 5th century BCE. This map, found in southern Iraq in a city called Sippar, shows a small bit of the known world as the Babylonians knew it centuries ago. This map was formed out of a clay tablet and was found north of the ancient city of Babylon, on the fertile east bank of the Euphrates River.



Ptolemy changed how maps were drawn in 150 AD. The Atlantic shows his along with several others that impacted the world:

Claudius Ptolemy was the first to use math and geometry to develop a manual for how to map the planet using a rectangle and intersecting lines—one that resurfaced in 13th-century Byzantium and was used until the early 17th century.

The Alexandria-based Greek scholar, who may never have drawn a map himself, described the latitude and longitude of more than 8,000 locations in Europe, Asia, and Africa, projecting a north-oriented, Mediterranean-focused world that was missing the Americas, Australasia, southern Africa, the Far East, the Pacific Ocean, and most of the Atlantic Ocean.



Ptolomy map 150 AD


Enjoy our member maps! Click on the images to click over to their profiles where you will find their links and info.

Allison Svoboda
Kathryn Clark
Kathryn Clark cartographic quilt
Ellen November
Ellen November Art quilt map of Mosul cartographic textile
Kathryn Marie Designs
Kathryn Marie Designs Map Quilt
Timna Tarr
Timna Tarr Art Quilt Map Cartographic Holyoke 1938
Michele Hardy
Michele Hardy - Mapforms Cartographic Quilt
Jaynie Himsl
Jaynie Himsl Fibre Artist - Cherry Lake, leaf map, art quilts
Catherine Timm
Catherine Timm Art Map Quilt - Cubed Pond
Uta Lenk
Uta Lenk_Promised_Land art quilt cartographic map - Syrian refugees in Germany
Bonnie Jo Smith
Bonnie Jo Smith - View From Above #2,Textile,Water,Hand dyed fabric, Wall Art, Fiber Art
Roxanne Lasky
Roxanne Lasky Textile Map in paint box, mixed media, cartographic art
Bozena Wojtaszek
Bozena_Wojtaszek_Panorama Poland Art Quilt
Chelle Textiles
Chelle Textiles - Michelle Mischkulnig - Village Textile
Denise Lithgow
Denise Lithgow Textile Artist Quilted Scene
Sally Gould Wright
Sally Gould Wright Quilt Artist A-La-Carte
LFN Textiles
LFN Textiles villa-farsetti-front-gardens weaving
Birdworks Fiber Art
Birdworks Fiber Art Quilt of the World, Globe Textile
Marcia Eygabroat
Marcia Eygabroat - All the time in the world art quilt globe