Monday, March 21, 2016

The Tartans of US and Canada, #AtoZchallenge

I had a great time last year doing two A-Z Blogging Challenges
One covered the Southwest on my On the Edge travel blog [master A-Z list here]. 
The other were postings on my SpyGirl fashion blog [master A-Z list here] by my alter ego Enid.

This year, I'm taking up the gauntlet here and will be blogging the tartans of the US and Canada, A-Z.

[Original Map of North America with US States and Canadian Provinces by]
Info on Canadian [Maple Leaf] tartan here -- Info on US tartan here

Did you know that there are official tartans for more than two thirds of the US states and for almost all of the Canadian provinces? 
It's true!

I originally did an art series with state tartans and maps and exhibited them in 2003.
At that time, I found 28 states that had tartans.
I created the tartan art in U4ia [now Lectra's Kaledo] and used vector maps from Cartesia [no longer available].
For this A-Z challenge, I recreated all the above tartans, and added the rest of the states and all the provinces.
Now I have to get the map art revised. 
This is from the original series. @2003

Does an A to Z Challenge sound like fun? 
There is still time to join in with 1000+ other bloggers. The 2016 sign up page is here, and will be open until 4/4/16. 
Come back to Pattern Recognition on April 1st, when I will start with A for...


  1. Wow... Sounds like fun! I look forward to your posts ~Lori~

    Lori @ As the Fates Would Have It
    Lori @ Promptly Written

  2. That is an amazingly unique theme :) I had no idea about tartans outside Scotland. I hope you have a great AtoZ with lots of visitors.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  3. Tartans are EVERYWHERE (except the Dakotas, heh), Natasha.
    Good luck on your various A-Z too!

  4. Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits. My theme Blog Promotion
    Welcome to A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2016 - Co-Participant - Nrao - NRao Blogs
    NRao Blogs - 2016 A to Z Challenge Blog Posts
    Management Theory Review

    1. I've got you on my Bloglovin feed. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Lot of verification taking place. Have you put it in. Or is it default for Blogspot blogs?

    1. ?? I checked my settings. It's as public as possible.

  6. Wow, this is probably the most interesting theme I have read so far tonight! I never thought of so many tartans being available out there. I do remember wearing tartans years ago in a private school. Interesting too states have tartans!

    Good luck with the challenge!


  7. Thanks Betty! Looking forward to your AZ A-Z!

  8. This is interesting--who "authorizes" the tartans? Where do they originate from? I'm sure these things and more I will soon learn from your blog
    Gail at Making Life An Art

  9. Wow! I love tartans, but had no idea whatsoever that states had their own individual tartans. I learn something new every day and love it. Good luck and have fun with the challenge!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett


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