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The Provenance of Geospatial Art Printed by Imagekind
|| 9/24/2010 || 3:18 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Provenance, from the French provenir, “to come from”, means the origin, or the source of something, or the history of the ownership or location of an object. Between February of 2007 and May of 2009, I used the printing service Imagekind to sell my maps on-line. Over the years I sold or printed 56 maps and generated over $1,000 in sales. I stopped using the service to sell directly to customers because I was continuously bothered that I was unable to find out enough information about how my maps were being sold. Back then, I would receive an e-mail informing me someone purchased a map, then I’d log in to the Imagekind website, and see that someone purchased X map and I made $ on the commission— thats it. What I was not told was what material the map was printed on, the size of the print, how the map was framed, and where the purchaser was located. In essence, I was unable to discern very much information about my customers and instead of being kept in the dark, I decided to deaccession my collection from the store. Last week I decided to log into my account and discovered that Imagekind had updated their administrative controls. One of the new options was the ability to track sales better, so I decided to upgrade and to my surprise I was able to download my entire sales history with all the nuanced details I had been longing for.

Below is the complete listing of every printing by Imagekind in reverse chronological order of purchase. The listings which have the commission at $0.00 are the maps that I ordered myself. Click on the Title of the map to view it’s original blog entry.



Title:Washington Monument Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 04/01/2009
City: Germantown
State/Province: MD
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $19.29
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $19.29
Title: Lincoln Memorial Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 04/01/2009
City: Germantown
State/Province: MD
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $9.89
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $9.89
Title: Park La Brea Quilt #3
Size: 6.7″ X 10.0″ (Petite)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 03/31/2009
City: los angeles
State/Province: CA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $14.34
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $14.34
Title: Yankee Stadium Quilt
Size: 16.0″ X 10.7″ (Small)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 12/20/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: GWU Quilt #3
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: UltraSmooth Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 12/12/2008
City: Cleveland
State/Province: OH
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $26.22
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $26.22
Title: Chicago Quilt #3
Size: 21.3″ X 32.0″ (Large)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 11/16/2008
City: New Paltz
State/Province: NY
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $42.56
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $42.56
Title: Shirlington Quilt
Size: 48.0″ X 32.0″ (Grande)
Material: Pro Matte Canvas, Gallery Wrapped
Date of Purchase: 10/15/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: A New & Arabesque Map of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Frame: Red Gold Ornate
Mats: Top:Topaz
Glazing: UV protection Acrylic
Size: 25.8″ X 30.3″ (Medium)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 09/30/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $17.61
Title: New York Public Library Quilt
Size: 40.0″ X 60.0″ (Massive)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 09/16/2008
City: New York
State/Province: NY
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2008 Remix]
Size: 16.0″ X 21.3″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 09/11/2008
City: Loveland
State/Province: CO
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Park La Brea Quilt #3
Size: 40.0″ X 60.0″ (Massive)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 06/04/2008
City: New York
State/Province: NY
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Pentagon Quilt #3
Size: 21.3″ X 32.0″ (Large)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 04/24/2008
City: Chicago
State/Province: IL
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2008 Remix]
Frame: Arqadia Gold Carved
Mats: Top:Almond Mid:Porcelain Bot:Almond
Glazing: UV protection Acrylic
Size: 27.5″ X 32.8″ (Medium)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 03/07/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $29.61
Commission on this Sale: $29.61
Title: Washington Monument Quilt
Frame: Florentine Black Loft
Mats: Top:Wheat
Glazing: Non Glare Glass
Size: 18.9″ X 24.3″ (Small)
Material: UltraSmooth Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 02/20/2008
City: McLean
State/Province: VA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $56.33
Framing Commission: $11.03
Commission on this Sale: $67.37
Title: Superdome Quilt – 1st Derivative #2
Size: 48.0″ X 32.0″ (Grande)
Material: Pro Matte Canvas, Gallery Wrapped
Date of Purchase: 02/08/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Charlotte Spheres
Size: 32.0″ X 48.0″ (Grande)
Material: Pro Matte Canvas, Gallery Wrapped
Date of Purchase: 02/08/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Federal Triangle Quilt #4
Size: 40.0″ X 60.0″ (Massive)
Material: Pro Matte Canvas, not stretched on bars
Date of Purchase: 01/23/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Capitol Hill Mandala
Frame: Contemporary Black
Mats: Top:Chalk
Glazing: Non-glare Acrylic
Size: 23.5″ X 23.5″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 01/23/2008
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $11.22
Title: Harvard Quilt – NE
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 12/26/2007
City: Cambridge
State/Province: MA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $25.73
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $25.73
Title: Israel / Palestine 1993
Size: 48.0″ X 32.0″ (Grande)
Material: Pro Matte Canvas, Museum Wrap
Date of Purchase: 12/18/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Home Quilt #4
Size: 33.0″ X 48.0″ (Grande)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 12/17/2007
City: Bethesda
State/Province: MD
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $64.02
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $64.02
Title: NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2007 Remix]
Size: 16.0″ X 21.2″ (Medium)
Material: Pro Matte Canvas, not stretched on bars
Date of Purchase: 12/11/2007
City: Tampa
State/Province: FL
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Sacramento Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 12/07/2007
City: Sacramento
State/Province: CA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $9.89
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $9.89
Title: Mount Pleasant Quilt
Frame: Wide Square Black
Mats: Top:Matte White
Glazing: Acrylic
Size: 28.8″ X 39.5″ (Large)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 12/07/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $18.80
Framing Commission: $13.88
Commission on this Sale: $32.68
Title: Pittsburgh Quilt
Size: 21.3″ X 32.0″ (Large)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 11/28/2007
City: Christchurch
State/Province: Canterbury
Country: NZ
Artwork Commission: $42.56
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $42.56
Title: Central Park Quilt – South
Size: 6.7″ X 10.0″ (Petite)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 11/27/2007
City: WASHINGTON
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $8.40
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $8.40
Title: Eastern Market Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 11/27/2007
City: WASHINGTON
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $23.75
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $23.75
Title: Lincoln Park Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 11/27/2007
City: WASHINGTON
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $9.89
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $9.89
Title: Lincoln Park Quilt #2
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 11/27/2007
City: WASHINGTON
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $9.89
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $9.89
Title: Lincoln Memorial Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 11/15/2007
City: Philadelphia
State/Province: PA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $9.89
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $9.89
Title: Egypt Commission
Size: 16.0″ X 16.0″ (Medium)
Material: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308
Date of Purchase: 11/07/2007
City: Tampa
State/Province: FL
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Harvard Quilt -NW
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Premium Gloss Canvas, Gallery Wrap
Date of Purchase: 11/06/2007
City: Brooklyn
State/Province: NY
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $89.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $89.00
Title: Pentagon Quilt #3
Frame: Neo Black Slope
Mats: Top:Charcoal
Glazing: Acrylic
Size: 24.3″ X 32.3″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 10/26/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $25.21
Framing Commission: $12.39
Commission on this Sale: $37.60
Title: Union Station Quilt #2
Frame: Neo Black Slope
Mats: Top:Granite
Glazing: Acrylic
Size: 24.3″ X 32.3″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 10/26/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $12.86
Framing Commission: $12.39
Commission on this Sale: $25.25
Title: Dupont Circle Quilt
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 10/24/2007
City: Falls Church
State/Province: VA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $25.73
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $25.73
Title: UCLA Quilt w/ Engraving
Size: 48.0″ X 32.0″ (Grande)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 10/08/2007
City: Los Angeles
State/Province: CA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Pittsburgh Quilt #3
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 07/11/2007
City: Hermitage
State/Province: PA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $12.86
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $12.86
Title: Superdome Quilt
Size: 24.0″ X 16.0″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 07/11/2007
City: Hermitage
State/Province: PA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $12.86
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $12.86
Title: Queen Anne Quilt
Size: 32.0″ X 48.0″ (Grande)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 06/29/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $0.00
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $0.00
Title: Pittsburgh Quilt #3
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 06/12/2007
City: Pittsburgh
State/Province: PA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $25.73
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $25.73
Title: Catholic University Quilt #2
Size: 6.7″ X 10.0″ (Petite)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 05/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $16.32
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $16.32
Title: Georgetown University Quilt
Size: 6.7″ X 10.0″ (Petite)
Material: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Date of Purchase: 05/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $16.32
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $16.32
Title: Eastern Market Quilt
Size: 21.3″ X 32.0″ (Large)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 04/30/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $42.56
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $42.56
Title: Washington Monument Quilt
Frame: Wide Square Black
Mats: Top:Meringue
Glazing: Acrylic
Size: 18.2″ X 23.5″ (Small)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 04/30/2007
City: Arlington
State/Province: VA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $19.29
Framing Commission: $6.76
Commission on this Sale: $26.05
Title: Georgetown University Quilt
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/18/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $12.86
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $12.86
Title: RFK Quilt
Size: 33.0″ X 48.0″ (Grande)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/16/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $16.82
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $16.82
Title: GWU Quilt #4
Size: 21.3″ X 32.0″ (Large)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/15/2007
City: Fairfax
State/Province: VA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $18.80
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $18.80
Title: Seattle Quilt #2
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Premium Photo Luster
Date of Purchase: 03/15/2007
City: Bothell
State/Province: WA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $13.35
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $13.35
Title: C.I.A. Quilt #2
Size: 21.3″ X 32.0″ (Large)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 03/15/2007
City: Falls Church
State/Province: VA
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $42.56
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $42.56
Title: Eastern Market Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $19.29
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $19.29
Title: Woodley Park Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $9.89
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $9.89
Title: Denver Quilt #2
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $19.29
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $19.29
Title: Houston Quilt
Size: 10.7″ X 16.0″ (Small)
Material: Somerset Velvet Fine Art
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $19.29
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $19.29
Title: American University Quilt #2
Size: 6.7″ X 10.0″ (Petite)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $8.40
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $8.40
Title: The Modern Geographer
Size: 16.0″ X 21.3″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Annapolis
State/Province: MD
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $12.86
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $12.86

Title: Catholic University Quilt
Size: 16.0″ X 24.0″ (Medium)
Material: Enhanced Matte
Date of Purchase: 03/14/2007
City: Annapolis
State/Province: MD
Country: US
Artwork Commission: $12.86
Framing Commission: $0.00
Commission on this Sale: $12.86
Print: 41
Framed Print: 8
Canvas: 7
Total Products Sold: 56
Artwork Commission: $896.46
Framing Commission: $86.06
Total Commission: $1,011.36


Preview Video of the 2010 Cartographic Calendar [Color Edition]
|| 12/7/2009 || 8:15 pm || + Render A Comment || ||


[Watch On YouTube]

Today I received the two calendars I ordered last week. I decided to make this short video to show prospective buyers what the calendar looks like when printed out. In the video above I simply hang the calendar on the wall and flipped through each month of the Color Edition of my 2010 Cartographic Calendar. Its a somewhat simple method of showing the maps in the calendar, but I think it helps to visualize what a 17″ x 11″ calendar would look like on your wall.



Bright Felon: Autobiography And Cities By Kazim Ali Is Now Available
|| 9/1/2009 || 6:52 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||



This groundbreaking, trans-genre work—part detective story, part literary memoir, part imagined past—is intensely autobiographical and confessional. Proceeding sentence by sentence, city by city, and backwards in time, poet and essayist Kazim Ali details the struggle of coming of age between cultures, overcoming personal and family strictures to talk about private affairs and secrets long held. The text is comprised of sentences that alternate in time, ranging from discursive essay to memoir to prose poetry. Art, history, politics, geography, love, sexuality, writing, and religion, and the role silence plays in each, are its interwoven themes. Bright Felon is literally “autobiography” because the text itself becomes a form of writing the life, revealing secrets, and then, amid the shards and fragments of experience, dealing with the aftermath of such revelations. Bright Felon offers a new and active form of autobiography alongside such texts as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee, Lyn Hejinian’s My Life, and Etel Adnan’s In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country.



From the Book:

You wouldn’t think I would have wanted a beacon. Rather to find myself in the wilderness on my own.

But I did, I always did.

Could there have been someone else like me, not one thing not another, barely able to choose.

A poet, a Muslim, and of a particular persuasion.

When I knew someone like me I barely knew him and we couldn’t bring ourselves to speak of the one thing we needed to speak to each other about.

Silence stretched between us taut as sin.

In 2004 I moved with Marco down the river to Beacon, NY.

Named for the signal fires placed on top of each mountain in chain running from New York City to Albany.

So if either city fell to the British the insurgents at the other end would know about it.

I placed signal fires up and down each street, so anxious I was to belong somewhere.

—From the chapter “Beacon”



Endorsements:

Bright Felon will steal your heart and outrage your poetics. Part memoir, part trip book, part literary discourse, there is in it an urgent sense of a life lived in words. The tale is one of both innocence and experience. Rigorous, romantic, experimental, true, and yet mysterious, it is a book for the ages.” —Laura Moriarty, author of A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975–2007

“Kazim Ali writes in Bright Felon a prose shaped by the various cities he has lived and loved in. This is a book that is so much more than memoir or autobiography. It is embodied and questioning and it carries through its politics a grace and generosity. —Juliana Spahr, author of Fuck You, Aloha, I Love You



KAZIM ALI is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (2004) and The Fortieth Day (2008). He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine. He is one of the founding editors of Nightboat Books.



The text above was copied from the website of book distributor, University Press of New England



Below is a detail from my map Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridge Quilt, which is featured on the cover of the book:

Detail of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Quilt


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Participating in my Monthly Maps Sale in 3 Easy Steps
|| 8/26/2009 || 11:08 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Washington Monument Quilt by Nikolas Schiller - The first Monthly Map

Starting earlier this month those who are subscribed to my listserv were given the opportunity to purchase a map at the reasonable price of $100. I felt this was a great way to cheaply obtain the different maps I have created over the years. Since I have hundreds of maps to choose from, this monthly opportunity will last for years and ultimately become a great way to collect my maps.

Previously I used to point people to my ImageKind Store, but I wasn’t pleased with some of the cheap papers the maps were printed on, and have chosen to remove the middle man, so to speak, and have all the map purchases go directly through me. This way I can control the materials the maps are printed on, personally sign each map, and ensure the quality for each map that is produced.

For the month of August, the first Monthly Map, I chose was Washington Monument Quilt (above), which I first rendered on January 31st, 2006. Since the area around the Washington Monument was redacted in the 2005 USGS aerial photography, I felt it was a worthwhile piece to start with.

After sending out my initial e-mail about the offering, I had a friend contact me about purchasing the map and decided to document some of the steps involved in the process of ordering the maps through me….



Washington Monument Quilt by Nikolas Schiller in a shipping tube

Photo of the tube the map is shipped inside of.

Step One – Payment

You can either contact me about sending cash or a check or you can quickly & easily pay the $100 by credit card on my PayPal merchant account page. After I receive the payment, I will need your mailing address if you want the map mailed to you. If you live in Washington, DC, I can either mail it to you or meet you in person and hand-deliver the map. I’ve found it easiest to go through PayPal because it’s quick and safe.



Washington Monument Quilt by Nikolas Schiller in a shipping tube

Photo of the rolled up map next to the shipping tube

Step Two – Printing

After I receive payment, I send the map to the printer. For the time being, my Monthly Map Sale is featuring 30″ x 20″ prints on Kodak PerfectTouch Paper. Throughout the last 5 years I’ve had the best results on this medium, both in quality of colors and durability of the paper. It’s also the same medium I used when I donated 8 maps to the Library of Congress in 2006. In about 3 days or less, I receive confirmation that the map has been printed and is in transit to me or you.



Washington Monument Quilt by Nikolas Schiller in a shipping tube

Photo of unrolled map of Washington Monument Quilt

Step Three – Shipping

I can have the map shipped directly to you as well (without signature, date, or label) for faster turnaround or I can have it shipped to my house. After the map arrives, I remove it from the shipping tube (above), carefully flip it over, label the name of the map, label the date it was originally rendered, label the date it was printed, and sign the map (below).

After this, I roll the map back up into the tube, add a little extra padding to ensure the map will not be damaged, then I bring it to the post office. Three days later it should be delivered to your mailbox. Or if the map is purchased locally, we can meet up and exchange the map in person.



Washington Monument Quilt by Nikolas Schiller in a shipping tube

Photo of the label, date, and partial signature

THATS IT! I think the whole process is pretty simple. In all this process takes about one or two weeks depending on the speed at which the payment is received and how long it takes for the map to be printed and shipped.

I think the hardest part of it all will be choosing which map to offer each month! Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this month’s map or have suggestions for future Monthly Map offerings.



Ordered Today: New York Public Library Quilt
|| 9/15/2008 || 11:11 pm || Comments Off on Ordered Today: New York Public Library Quilt || ||

In conjunction with my upcoming presentation at next month’s meeting of the New York Map Society, I decided to order a copy of the map and will be donating it to the Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library. It will printed out quite large at 60″ x 40″ on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm paper and should be a splendid addition to their permanent collection.



My Blaeu map to be featured in an upcoming magazine advertisement
|| 9/8/2008 || 11:41 pm || Comments Off on My Blaeu map to be featured in an upcoming magazine advertisement || ||

Today I mailed a copy of one of my favorite maps to a company that intends on using the map for an upcoming advertisement. I can’t post too many details until the advertisement has been completed, but I intend on posting the photos when they become available. It should look awesome :-)



In the Map Collections of the British Library and..
|| 12/11/2007 || 3:03 pm || Comments Off on In the Map Collections of the British Library and.. || ||

British Library Map Collections Purchase Order

I am pleased to announce that my 2008 Urban America Calendar is on it’s way to the Map Collections at the British Libray. Last week the Map and Imagery Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara purchased a copy of the 2008 California Calendar. All in all, I am very pleased with how receptive people have been to the calendars.



2008 Washington, DC Area Calendar
|| 12/3/2007 || 7:42 am || Comments Off on 2008 Washington, DC Area Calendar || ||

Below are the months of the calendar featuring places around the Washington, DC metropolitan area and links to their respective entries so that you can see the map’s full size. Read more about the other calendars here.

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2008 Urban America Calendar
|| 11/19/2007 || 11:43 am || Comments Off on 2008 Urban America Calendar || ||

Below are the months of the calendar featuring cities around the United States and links to their respective entries so that you can see the map’s full size. Read more about the other calendars here.

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2008 California Calendar
|| 11/15/2007 || 9:41 pm || Comments Off on 2008 California Calendar || ||

April 2008_____

As of January 1st, the calendar is no longer available for sale on-line. A big thank you to those who purchased copies!

A viewable copy of the calendar is in the permanent holdings of the Map and Imagery Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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