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Quilling a Compass Rose

September 23, 2011

Without a map or compass our geographic bearing in the world would be askew. I consider the art of mapmaking the brilliant brainchild born from the union between two cerebral hemispheres: the right and left sides of the brain. The right side dominates in imagination, spatial perception, symbols, and images while the left side dominates in reality, pattern perception, math and science. Cartographer meets mathematician, form meets function: marry them and you get cognizance of the most imaginative kind.

At the heart of the navigation system is the compass rose. On antique maps, no two are alike because they were the unique, exquisite mark of the cartographer who had created them. Aside from its practical function, antique compass roses were called upon to communicate cardinal direction, magnetic direction, wind systems, solstice horizons, angles, degrees, deviations, and sometimes royal insignias.

Honestly, being a right-brainer, I just look for the North symbol and blindly meander from there.


365 Creative Journal Challenge:

“Work with shredded paper…Maybe even give quilling a try.”

Paper quilling design of a compass rose.

Paper quilling design of a compass rose.Paper quilling design of a compass rose.
© 2011, Dana Aubrey

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2011 10:51 am

    Quilling is something I have never done. Looks as though it may take a degree of patience. Did you glue this down?
    I have always wondered about mapmaking. I like looking at old maps in books (real old). Hopw different the landforms were or were they mistakes? It amazes me that someone can draw a map while standing like an ant in the universe. 🙂

    • September 29, 2011 10:19 am

      It is detail orientated to be sure. It was my first time trying it. I loved the results. Yes it is glued down using ‘tacky glue’ which bonds faster then regular white glue. The best thing about maps to me is the partnership in skills needed to create them. It’s collaboration at its best.

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