Magazine Features Published this Autumn: Looking Back with Fresh Eyes.

Autumn seems to be a good time for magazine publications and I’ve been featured in three articles over the past few weeks, all with different takes on my work. The times are hard right now. Many of us are dealing with entertaining/educating children, entertaining ourselves on short neighbourhood walks or simply needing a brain stimulating read (that doesn’t involve the pandemic). These articles might help a little. A brief snapshot follows with links to each publication. 

We Dream of Blue Whales

Six years ago, many of you will know that I sailed across the North Atlantic braving my own personal sea monsters. The resulting map triptych ‘We Dream of Blue Whales’, charted the journey and the stories I heard.

This month, The Learned Pig, an online arts and environmental periodical, asked me to write about the trip, looking back at the experience. It was interesting to compose – rereading my posts from the time, thinking again about my motivation for making the work and seeing how my view of the piece has changed with hindsight.

The Learned Pig is thought provoking – full of articles, painting and poetry – some by emerging artists, some by well-respected international authors.

You can read the article ‘Stories from the Whale Road’ in full and access the Learned Pig online for free here

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How to Make Hand Drawn Maps, both written and illustrated by me, has been published across the world since 2017 (originally by Thames and Hudson) and I still get interviewed about it. Two publications have featured it recently.

Illustoria, the beautifully designed magazine for children and their parents, asked me about my illustration process in this map themed edition. The article is family-focussed although ‘Hand Drawn Maps’ is actually aimed at adults. I could imagine it would appeal to kids, however. My own childhood fascination with map book endpapers illustrated by the likes of Tolkein or Tove Jansson was strong. I drew my own imaginary maps when small – usually piractical ones, of course! In the interview, I talk about where to find inspiration, what references and materials to use, my own favourites and what my personal mappy challenges are.

You can order an issue in the UK here and in the US here.

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Country Walking Magazine, dedicated to hikers everywhere, is one of the most popular walking magazines in the UK. It took a different slant on ‘Hand Drawn Maps’. The author, Matt Swaine, drew a map of his neighbourhood using the book as inspiration and documented his own journey, physically and metaphorically. He was interested in the map making process too but also how the experience changed his understanding of the place where he lived. In the feature, I was asked to give my top tips for other adults who want to try mapmaking for themselves. These included deciding on the boundaries of your map before you start and using multiple references to lay down the main features – cross referencing is important as not all maps are up to date or accurate. In fact it’s best if you get yourselves out of your four walls and ‘walk the territory’ yourself – definitely a message for our times! My map of the Somptings Brooks Trail features on the final page.

You can buy an issue here.

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It’s been an honour to be featured in all three magazines, not only to look back on my own work with fresh eyes but also to read other people’s take on my practice. I hope there will be more opportunities over the next year.

And as an added bonus, in these tough and stressful times, here’s some calming wave footage from film I took on the voyage across the North Atlantic (uploaded for your delight!)

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