Poetic Mapping: Walking into Art. What does it mean? Well, it’s about walking, but not just physically. It’s about mapping, but not in the Ordnance Survey sense. It’s about mapping through feeling expressed through art. It’s about finding what and how to map. I’m talking to myself out loud. I’m writing to myself out loud. I’m making art to myself out loud. I’m sometimes singing to myself out loud.
I’ve been running this blog since 2010. Writing blog posts has improved my writing, art, mapping and even singing. I have a stash of flash fiction stories waiting to be developed. Importantly, I’m continually meeting and exchanging ideas and opinions with other arty folks; that’s inspiring and uplifting. Some of my bests walks are those I take into (and poach from!) other artists’ territories!
Bio: born and bred in Northumberland (the English side of the Scottish border, on the east coast. First class honours BA, Fine Art (1987); TEFL Certificate (TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language); various proofreading/editing courses; fluent in French; several years classical vocal training (ABRSM and Vaccai Method) in France and UK.
I’ve lived and/or taught, exhibited, in and around the UK, Dubai, Grand Cayman, France and the US. I write articles and short stories, blogs, and am editing my manuscript of a first novel and writing a second. Mixed media artist. In my spare time (ha!) doing up a boat (Albin Vega) with my husband; renovating an allotment to grow organic veggies and plants for their dyeing properties. I live in Rochester and Sidcup, Kent, (the Garden of England), walk and wander. I’ve sung soprano in a number of choral societies in France and England and solo (to date) for charity on two occasions.