Speaking at the British Cartographic Society Conference 2022.

I’ve had a month off but I’m back with a vengeance! I’m pleased to announce that I’m speaking about my work at the British Cartographic Society’s annual conference this year on September the 15th 2022. This year the theme is ‘Maps for Movement’. I’ll give a brief overview of my practice as an illustrative map…

A Merry Midsummer to You…

A merry Midsummer to you! The sun rises the highest and stays the longest on this day. Hair has turned blonde and freckles are blossoming here on the coast with the sea salt and wind. A walk on the Downs is accompanied by the song of larks and the white of campion, the yellow of…

A Map for the Jubilee

It’s early Summer and a festival vibe is in the air. Perhaps it’s a return to an ‘almost-normality’, perhaps it’s the sunshine (or at least the promise of it) or perhaps it’s the general celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year 2022, the 70th year of her reign. Royalist or not, the country will…

May in Park Wood.

May Eve, or Beltane to some, was a few weeks ago. It’s the centuries-old night to celebrate the beginning of the Summertime, light fires on the hillsides or lose your worries (and perhaps your inhibitions) wandering in the woods. If you didn’t celebrate on the 31st/1st, let me lead you tonight into the damp green…

Shifting Ground: A Research Trip to Map a Moss.

In April 2022 I visited Bolton Fell Moss near Heathersgill in Cumbria as part of the Moss of Many Layers project for the PLACE collective. I’ve been commissioned to create an artist map of the 400 hectare National Nature Reserve that shows the bog’s industrial peat cutting heritage, current restoration and future role as a…

Owning the Land – A Map of Honey Pitt House.

Not far from my home city of Brighton, there lies the small town of Lewes. And there, towards the North, at the edge of a housing estate built in the 30s, sits Honey Pitt House. It has brown weatherboarding, red brick chimneys, a pretty sloped porch and looks as if it rooted itself in the…

Professional Practice: A Talk for Chrysalis Arts.

This post has been taken from a talk given to Chrysalis Arts at the beginning of April 2022. Chrysalis Arts is an agency supporting the visual arts and environmentally responsible practice. The post will show two different approaches to work process, one piece that was self generated for an exhibition (‘We Dream of Blue Whales’…

Yearning for Adventure through Maps.

Oh – how I’m yearning for some adventure right now. I’ve got more than half a year’s art work planned out already which in itself is unusual for me. However, although I certainly love the idea of stability, my soul also needs something of the unplanned, the unexpected, the ‘yet-to-be-discovered’ in life. Will there be…

Looking out from Appledore.

Oh, how the world has changed for me over the past few years…To be honest, it’s got a lot smaller. My ability to travel, to enjoy hospitality and culture without risk to my physical health, to live and work in other parts of the world and learn from a multitude of immigrant experiences in my…

Hearts in Hands

Fevers are rising. Pulses are racing. Red hearts are popping up like measles all over the place. Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it (and to be honest the rash of red really annoys me), the whole world seems infected by this strange little festival. Perhaps it was born with the Romans. Perhaps it’s a…