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"Get Lost"

A Series of Original Abstract Maps

Map Your Life And Go​

This is the theme for Mel Kelly's"Get Lost" abstract series of hand-dyed maps.

We as human beings have the unique ability to create whatever life we want. "Getting lost" is about allowing yourself to stop and figure out what that life looks like.

Once you know, you can map it out and go.

These maps are your guide to adventure, freedom and empowerment. 

It's your life. You can do this. 

Pieces from this series can be found in collections from the Rocky Mountains to NYC.

The Process

Abstract Cartography

These maps are fictional. They tell a story. Mel calls this abstract cartography -- the art of mapping out places unknown and unexplored. 



The 100% cotton, archival quality canvas is hand-dyed using Mel's custom River Painting Dye Method.

Multiple Layers

The dyeing process takes multiple layers, heat, different color mixtures and ink to attain the final result.

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Contact Mel

Mel Kelly is an abstract map artist from the Kansas City area and the creator of the River Painting Dye Method.

Her latest “Get Lost” series of hand-dyed, abstract maps embodies adventure, freedom and self-empowerment.

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