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!
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.
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