The images and headline text below represent the wide range of environmental, art-based work that, as Ecogeographer, I initiated or co-developed. They give a flavour of my innovative working methods, as well as the range of interdisciplinary skills and creative outputs I can bring to a project. Leading practical workshops at a local, national, and international level, I’ve worked with people in a variety of outdoor environments, from the forests of Dartmoor to the coral coastlines of Mauritius.
Through “object elicitation”, facilitators encourage small groups of participants to locate their object in a diagrammatic landscape map, using local materials and a grid.
Using found materials to represent what they see and feel, participants in groups create a mini-landscape in a glass tank. As the task progresses, facilitators ask open questions and discuss the process of construction.
Capturing the Future
The supportive space of these small workshops allows time for reflection and the sharing of hopes and ideas about future scenarios, as well as anxieties.
Participatory maps are created using the physical materials of the local landscape, and resources are highlighted as points on the map using objects from people's livelihoods.
Walkshops in the landscape
Local knowledge is central to these ‘walkshops’, which build data, as well as establishing relationships and outreach.
It is important that co-created, participatory artwork is shown to other, similar communities to highlight its relevance, but in a fun way that engages their interest.
Teamwork and co-production methods are a priority, and I work closely with project leads, as well as copywriters and photographers.
Working with programmers and web developers, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technicians who are up-to-date with the latest digital developments, is hugely rewarding.
Work in print
Communicating ideas and findings through alternative channels, either online or via on-demand printing, is particularly important to me including academic visual papers.
Illustration plus botanical workshops
Drawing, both observational and expressive, is a core skill that underpins my practice and I use it to develop and communicate ideas, and to share drawing skills.