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Thinking back

Trees by the surf, Portugal
Sandy explorations, South of Lisbon, Portugal by Dominica Williamson
Entering the life of Lisbon, Portugal by Dominica Williamson
A find, snake skin by the beach & raw colour in Sintra, Portugal by Dominica Williamson
Lisbon, travel & tiles, Portugal
Yellow, gold & cake in Cintra, Portugal by Dominica Williamson
Burgandy, yellow, blue in Portugal
South of Lisbon, the best cake of all, Portugal, by Dominica Williamson

The trip of 2012. It was a flight. There was some surf. I photographed instead of sketching.

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The project theirwork travelled to Northern Denmark this Summer to walk and map with a community in the town of Tornby. Over the Winter I am working to visualize and record the results of the walks for the community. They can then use them as mapping tools, and so can carry on to map in my absence. As a starter, here are the GPS track lines of their walks.

Tornby theirwork walks in Denmark

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I’ve been looking at how I can develop some botanical knowledge outside my botanical illustration classes. Sally Corbet (a biologist and printmaker with a special interest in flowers and pollination) has suggested that I find a really good weeklong field trip to help build up my confidence and knowledge in this area. These courses are expensive and the right one hard to find. “What if you organised it so that a course came to you, to the place you are currently mapping?” Um, what a good idea of hers, how can I work this? I am scheming.

In the meantime, Dr. Barbara McLean has come to my rescue, thanks to the energetic Mally Francis. I have recently been accepted as a painter for the Eden Project Florilegium Society and so now I can access day courses that Mally has booked. Barbara took us through the best practice principles of dissection and introduced us to the floral diagram. This aerial view of the plant is now my plan. I make myself draw an aerial view of every plant I have to paint and dissect, and I keep drawing the dissections so when I find the field study course of my dreams, I will be adept at something.

This approach will force me to travel, walk with my fingers and pencil around the plant in different directions and in varying dimensions – something of a psychogeographical approach to drawing. Mr. Will Self would be pleased.

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This year I’m going to present three projects that map elements of the physical and virtual world. Each project is linked not just by mapping but also by the fact that they ask indirectly for people to take action about the environment in which they live. Harnessing the power of the web, as well as the commercial image, the drawn picture and some people-power; the fields of ethnography, phenomenology, sustainability and open source are going to be explored.

I’ve started this blog to develop the presentation of these projects, and to help me evolve them, and other future ideas and past work. As a neogeographist, and perhaps some would say a psychogeography  (or the other way round), I hope Ecogeographer goes on some massive journeys.

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