A swap is when participants prepare a number of elements, such as signatures, to exchange with one another. Each participant then “binds” their collection to form a single work. In order to foster creativity, the techniques, themes and rules vary for each swap project. Consider participating to this year’s swap.

Instructions for participating artists

Instructions for map


  • Mapping/accordion fold

Material and size

  • Any foldable paper
  • A minimum sheet size of 8 ½ x 11 inches (also called letter size, 21.6 x 27.9 cm), landscape orientation (grain short).

Construction options

  • A sheet of paper measuring 8 ½ x 11 inch (21.6 x 27.9 cm) in landscape orientation will make 3 accordion folds measuring 3 ½ inches (8.9 cm) by 8 ½ inches (21.6 cm) high, with a ½ inch (1.3 cm) wide strip on left edge recto (right edge verso) that can be used as a binding hinge during the binding process in the second part of the project (can be cut away, if unnecessary). See diagram above.
  • For more than 3 accordion folds, make sure each fold is 3 ½ inches (8.9 cm) wide and has a ½ inch strip for binding on left edge recto. For example, a sheet measuring 8 ½ x 14 ½ inches (21.6 x 36.8 cm) will make 4 accordion folds. In the diagram above it would include an extra 3 ½ inches (8.9 cm) wide fold.
  • One or both sides of the ‘map’ may be used.


  • Issues of mapping, in its broadest terms (See below for more information)
  • Can be text or visual images, or a combination
  • Each ‘map’ must be legibly signed

Number of copies

  • To be determined and announced on November 15, 2018

Instructions for binding

  • Format of your choice
  • Include a colophon that includes at least your name


November 14, 2018: Last date to let Deidre know you are participating.

February 13, 2019: Bring completed ‘maps’ to the meeting and hand them to Wanda/Beatrice. They will coordinate the swap and provide each participant with a set of ’maps’ for binding.

IMPORTANT: Participants unable to attend the February meeting must make arrangements to deliver their cards to Beatrice/Wanda prior to Wednesday, February 13, and pick up their set of ‘maps’ after the meeting.

May 8, 2019: Bring your bound set of ‘maps’ to the meeting to show the members and tell them about your ‘map’ and your binding.

What constitutes mapping?

Mapping is the intellectual and/or visual process of depicting connections between differing components (objects, locations, concepts, things). The relationships between components may trace and connect lines of egress, energy, goods, information or strategic points in location.

Human brains are wired for mapping. We’re neurologically wired for recognizing patterns of any kind to store in our long and short term memories for future recreation. Mapping is how we learn and ultimately a matter of survival. Although a primordial function of our brain, it is also at the seat of all conscious thought processes and is evidenced in almost all areas of our lives internally or externally.

Mapping examples: These examples are representations of visual or graphical procedures; sequencing; pathway marking, location linking and connecting processes.

  • Human (neurological—inherent) + (genetic—cell pairing)
  • Scientific (computer engineering)
  • Technology (all fields of study)
  • Metaphoric (philosophic connections)
  • Philosophical
  • Educational

The Sexes Map Differently. Women tend to be more visual in their communications of explanations; men more technical. Regardless of our differences though we almost all benefit from seeing a mapped connection and reading about it together.

We use:

  1. Visuals (graphs, lines) and
  2. Defining definitions (procedural steps)

Mapping is meant for learning, following and replication; linking points of interest that are followed and remembered. When we use mapping techniques our purpose is to focus attention, to capture and frame knowledge in the facilitation of sharing of ideas and concepts.

Mapping isn’t just about a paper map. If we’re human we’re aware, if not conscious of, mapping in every area of our lives.

What will you map for the 2018-2019 swap?

Thanks to our swap coordinators