Monday, September 30, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
the short story:
I make Architectural Map-Drawings of places people love. They buy prints of drawings I've made, or commission new ones and hang them on their walls, give as gifts, send them as postcards. Organizations commission me to make drawings to commemorate or celebrate special places, like their headquarters, their main street, their town - kind of like in the 19th century when every city in America wanted to boost itself with a Bird's Eye View drawing. I'm intrigued by that tradition. I hope to make a small dent in the documentation of historic places in the 21st century with my drawings. I hope to help people appreciate historic buildings and places and contribute to the conversation that may ultimately preserve them.
the longer story:
PLACES & PEOPLE
I love drawing architecture. I love maps. I want to capture PLACES I love by drawing them. And I hope to share these places, this love, with PEOPLE, with you.
What makes a place beloved? Historic buildings attest to the accumulation of these memories over time and, often, old buildings are loved more than they are valued in monetary terms. The National Trust publishes 11 Most Endangered historic places each year. And there are so many more. I create visual resources - drawings, maps, graphics - that help illuminate the value of historic buildings and places. Check out how the small but growing historic town of Eastport Maine is harnessing ART to appreciate, sustain and preserve their community - both culturally and architecturally - via The Tides Institute & Museum of Art: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tides-Institute-Museum-of-Art/164903096869190
[I'm thrilled to be one of the artists contributing to their renaissance. I completes a Streetscape drawing in 2011 and am currently working on a contemporary Bird's Eye View.]
|Water Street, Historic District, Eastport, Maine. The Tides Institute & Museum of Art. Kirsten Sparenborg, Turn-of-the-Centuries, 2011.|
So, by drawing beloved PLACES, I can support:
1. Personal Expression of Memory and Meaning
2. Public and Personal Appreciation of Historic Buildings & Places
3. Preservation of Historic Buildings & Places
through personal acquisition, personal commission and public or institutional commission. [contact me]
I love doing this. I hope I can do something for you, to help visualize, commemorate, celebrate PLACES and PEOPLE that hold special meaning for you. I'm so grateful to be able to do what I love, to learn every day, with each new project. I'm grateful for the mentors, professors and friends who have taught me and helped me toward opportunities that have pushed me to learn to research and write, and to draw. I'm grateful for all of you who support me by purchasing my prints and postcards and books, for commissioning me to bring your memory to fruition by drawing. THANK YOU!
Kirsten Sparenborg Brinton
Monday, September 16, 2013
|Staunton Virginia's "main street", Beverley Street, in a veritable museum of architectural styles, thanks to turn-of-the-century eclectic architect T.J. Collins.|
The Masonic Temple was designed by Chicago architect I.E.A. Rose and built in 1896.
The National Valley Bank was designed by T.J. Collins and this portion, center, was built in 1903.
Of course -- Postcards, too! A souvenir to send, or keep.
The banner flags draping the back of the card kind of remind me of the tricolor stripe on international AirMail envelopes.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|The sun woke me up this morning on a holiday. So I chased it around downtown Staunton, from the churches of Frederick Street to the Shopfronts of Beverley Street.|
|Worthington Hardware; Gooch & Hoge Building & Masonic Building. 10 block Beverley Street.|
|View west down Beverley Street (at Market Street.)|
|made [By the People; For the People]. new shop on Beverley Street selling AMERICAN-made goods. Can't wait to visit!|
|Clocktower Building (old YMCA), Gooch & Hoge, Masonic Building. Beverley Street.|
|National Valley Bank, Beverley Street. T.J. Collins, Architect.|
|Warehouses facing the Railroad Depot, Middlebrook Avenue.|
|Watching trains from the newly refurbished Sears Hill Bridge.|
|View over Staunton from Sears Hill on the Sears Hill Bridge Day, April 2013.|
|Flowers are always in season at the flower lady's house on Beverley Street. (click larger)|
Monday, September 2, 2013
|Staunton Postcard, 1908.|
I visited here first in 1995 with my new best friend, Kathy, from architecture school. We stopped at her mother's home in Staunton on the way back to school from the Rem Koolhaas lecture at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. She drove me through town and I was impressed with the hills - so steep! A road trip through beautiful western Virginia with my mom landed us here at a B&B several years later. A marriage to a JMU doctoral student brought me here this year to live. We love it. Our favorite thing to do is explore Staunton so we cherish the few times we've had here after a very busy semester and a summer spent mostly out of town and look forward to many more Staunton explorations! I'm so excited to draw Staunton's main street, Beverley Street, this week. Keep in touch --
|STAUNTON VIRGINIA. by Kirsten Sparenborg, 2013|
|STAUNTON VIRGINIA. Map by Kirsten Sparenborg, 2013|
|Staunton, 1857. Lith. Woldemar Rau. Copyright Ed. Beyer. Library of Congress.|
|View from Sears Hill, Postcard, early 1900s.|
|Perspective Map of the City of Staunton, 1891. Library of Congress.|