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Welcome to Ecogeographer,

a place that explores how innovative and collaborative art and design can influence and promote sustainability.

As the name suggests, the emphasis is on mapping in its widest sense to create pathways for information and ideas. Examples of work undertaken include: creating meaningful maps of natural landscapes to engage the general visitor and the specialist; mapping found objects from archeological finds to cups discarded in the urban and rural environment; using perceptual data – people’s feelings and impressions – to reveal a landscape’s special character.

Ecogeographer is run by me, Dominica (Dom) Willliamson, an artist and designer who draws inspiration from landscape.

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Viewshed analysis of Giant's Quoit project - what could neolithic people see - could they see the sea from the Giant's Quoit? Screen grab taken from www.thegiantoutdoors.com. Analysis: Caradoc Peters and Jan Leslie

New research published

Following a project to restore a Neolithic quoit in Cornwall, a group of us were keen to extend our local knowledge by exploring nearby Fenton-la, a ruined early medieval chapel. Aided by oral history exchange, we organised participatory walks – chosen jointly after democratic discussion – with the aim of reclaiming lost trails and forgotten connections to these two sites. Through the process of mapmaking and re-walking the land, we began to discover, for example, why paths had fallen into disuse and why it was important for local heritage. The project team has also adopted the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to help gain funding. You can read about our work in a new book called Pathways: Exploring the Routes of a Movement Heritage.

About the book

Are you a landowner or land manager?

In order to apply successfully for the new environmental land management funding schemes applicants will need to show how people value a landscape and the changes made to it. I am co-developing a new service that can provide data about how people value the changes made by the projects that are funded. Do you want to take part in a prototype?

Co-create with me

Friends of the Towans Art Club session 'Botanical Art for Families'. Funded by Dynamic Dunescapes. Pollinator pack - traits including tongues interactive exercise, created by Dominica Williamson. Photograph: Sophie Oudeboon.

The Big Draw and a new art club

I am part of art workshops run by Friends Of The Towans Art Club and supported by Dynamic Dunescapes and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Through Botanical workshops, participants have learnt about unique and sometimes rare plants that they wouldn’t necessarily notice, especially in some recently scraped damper areas of the dune system. By first using hand lenses and making time to really ‘see’, then by drawing and painting, the wonders of the tiny world of plants were explored!

These workshops target science and art in a fun and relaxed way, with the aim of enabling everyone to become inspired by the mystery of this little known corner of the dunes as well as the art of painting plants. No experience is required, just the thirst for listening, looking, drawing and painting.

I found the combination of the science and art fascinating; Andy the conservationist talked about the habitat of some of the plants we were to draw and also the way the site is managed: Dominica our artist, gave us insight into the botanical process and a lot of guidance on how draw and paint the plants; a very enjoyable and inspiring day. Participant, Anne Schneider

The team who run and support Friends Of The Towans Art Club are running A Big Dune Draw 29th October 2022. Everyone is welcome.

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