Why art maps?

Creative practices of daily, mindful art making and writing

The process of making the art maps is where I clear my head, lose myself for an hour or so and get creative.


Sometimes I make a map that is purely make believe and reflects my love of shape, colour, and lines. It might be abstract, realistic or minimalist, or contain lots of words.


At other times, I make a map that is part of a growing collection that I’m creating for my own personal atlas, charting my life. 


Both are centred on the creative practices of daily, mindful art making and writing.

Not just for navigation

My personal experience has led me to believe that maps are for much more than navigating our physical world (on our phones as most of us do these days). 


Maps are also for navigating our interior emotional and mental landscapes. They can be instrumental in telling our personal stories and a key way to support documenting both our real and imagined stories. 


I also like to think that they help me to pay more attention to my life and the mental meanderings that go on in my head, and to orient myself in time, place, emotions, knowledge, dreams and habits.

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