r.patterson

A note: to all of you who have kindly picked up my cards at the craft shows, or followed a link to this site from any source, I thank you. I also acknowledge this website's limitations, all of which are my fault. I am hoping that the upcoming few months between shows will provide me with time to work on it. I don't have much work for sale on this site because it goes on the road with me and inventory is constantly in flux. I also have a practice of reworking existing pieces, which makes their inclusion in an online inventory problematic. No, I don't post to instagram enough. I've never been in the habit of relentlessly chronicling my life and work. It's an adjustment. Please contact me with any questions about existing work, general or specific, or its availability. I plan on making this website more informative over the coming months, and I appreciate your attendance at shows. 


“...’what a useful thing a pocket-map is!’ I remarked. ‘That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation’, said Mein Herr, ‘map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?’ ‘About six inches to the mile.’ ‘Only six inches!’ exclaimed Mein herr. ‘We very soon got to six yards to the mile. then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. and then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to a mile!’ ‘Have you used it much?’ I inquired. ‘It has never been spread out, yet,’ said Mein Herr: ‘the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.’”

Lewis Carroll
Sylvie and Bruno Concluded

“In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a Single Province covered the space of an entire City, and the Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of tim'e, these Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the college of Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same scale as the Empire and that coincided with it point for point. Less attentive to the study of Cartography, succeeding Generations came to judge a map of such Magnitude cumbersome, and, not without Irreverence, they abandoned it to the rigours of sun and Rain. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast of beggar; in the whole Nation, no other relic is left of the discipline of Geography.”

Jorge Luis Borges
from “Of exactitude in science”
in A Universal History of Infamy