cartography adventure

5 May

One of the most fantastic things my parents ever gifted me was this incredible 5’x6’x5′ cartography unit that they amazingly scored at a second-hand office store. It was a god-send during my BFA printmaking days; my prints & trades had a safe place to rest, my newsprint & rag papers were neatly stowed and supplies & oversized rolled drawings had a happy home. It eventually will be a showpiece in my future studio (when John & I are finally settled somewhere, with a fat mortgage and larger house) but until then, with my parents moving away from Calgary, it has been a bit of a pain in the ass to deal with. Luckily the family found a great storage unit, up near our cabin in Windermere, so the next ordeal was to move the thing. However I hadn’t culled any of the 10 drawers or 2 cabinets since my BFA days, and so I knew I’d have to sort through endless bad early drawings, poorly pulled prints, and whatever other art junk that I had kept at the time, before bothering to haul and move the unit around. It was a long two day process that made me feel a plethora of emotions: excited, proud, frustrated, embarrassed, tired, surprised, etc depending on what random items I’d come across. Some of the things I discovered were absolute gems that I plan to share with you in later posts. Anyway, after a lot of hard work, the drawers and cabinets were lighter and filled only with worthwhile art and items… which left the next daunting task on hand: loading the beautiful beast onto my sister & brother-in-laws trailer and convoy drive up to BC from Calgary with them and my parents.  After a long drive and a well deserved sleep, the entire family got up in good time to enjoy a lovely home-cooked breakfast. Then with full bellies, we headed off to move the cartography unit into storage. She’s a bit lonely right now, but my parents furniture will join it fairly soon. I am a bit relieved to close this chapter and must add that without my generous and helpful family, none of this would have been possible. It should be noted that despite being happy that this unit has a safe haven for a couple years, I am also looking forward to the far future when I will have a new home and larger studio that will house this wonderful and useful piece of furniture.

5 Responses to “cartography adventure”

  1. That’s one fantastic piece of furniture: I can see why you would want to keep it. Great post too of memories and future aspirations. Looking forward to the day you post about your happy reunion with your cartography unit!

  2. mandala56 06/05/2012 at 11:43 #

    Wow, that thing is really cool. I’m jealous that you have it, even if you have to store it! I had a card catalog file cabinet for a long time, could never figure out what to do with it, and finally got rid of it. Now I know exactly what I’d use it for, but it’s gone…

  3. Marcus 06/05/2012 at 13:25 #

    Such a beautiful PRINT cabinet! It is so wonderful that such an awesome piece of furniture gets to hold the precious cargo of your equally beautiful works of art!


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