Hitch up: Travelling through 2021 with Lia Leendertz’s Almanac.

We’re hobbling slowly towards the end of the year, and what a year it’s been. I suppose you could say that I’m looking forward to a 2021 that’s slightly more positive. Just slightly. Not too much to ask… On the plus side, this year of lockdown has led people to appreciate the outdoors and nature…

The Apple; mapping its influence on the world.

You would think that apples and cider are quintessentially British…. ‘The Ribbston Pippin’, ‘The Flower of Kent’, ‘The Knobby Russet’, – all evocative of long hot summers of the past. In my mind, sturdy peasants would have cooled off under orchard trees after a hard day’s work with a flagon of strong English cider and…

How to Make a Mural; A Map of the Midsummer Stars.

Once upon a time in history, man looked around him, at the earth, and mapped it. Then he looked up at the skies, at the stars, and he mapped those too. Those beautiful celestial charts still exist today and a few years ago, I created my own map inspired by them. This year, part of…

Getting my Hands Dirty: Mapping a Rewilding.

Let’s face it. Things are fairly tough out there right now so I thought I’d write you a good news story. Here goes…. When I’m working, I often sit in my studio and listen to the radio. Before these times of chaos, when the virus took up less immediate headspace, I used to become frustrated…

The Healing Properties of Green.

A short post this month due to a crazy workload and struggling with yet another cold as I look out of my grey arch of a window. I’ve been blowing my nose now for a straight 48 hours despite the pints of hot water, honey and lemon and not feeling a whole lot better. There…

Mapping Rugby – Where sport, art and history colourfully collide.

Rugby is a place I have never been to. Of course, I’ve heard of the game of Rugby, although, with shame, I can’t say I’ve ever bothered to understand it.  I’ve also heard of the iconic Rugby School, one of the most historic and expensive establishments from which you can receive an English education. Both…