Sophia ShawLondon, England, GB
After graduating from uni with a degree in illustration, the thing I most wanted to do was to travel; so that is what I did first. I spent a good few years working and travelling my way around Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and Europe, learning about the world and 'finding myself' as an artist. Through my experiences I developed my own style of creating and carved myself a place within the world of illustration. Upon returning home to Wales, UK, I had developed a new love for my homeland and so began my map-making quest, drawing and painting Wales and re-discovering all that I loved about it- the history, culture, heritage and beautiful landscapes. I have been drawing maps ever since and I love it!
Maps By Sophia Shaw
At the start of 2017 my partner and I bought our first home- a narrowboat. We spent the summer perusing the waterways of the UK including cruising to the source of the great river. Most people will only recognise 'the Thames' as the vast river which flows through central London. Far away from the city, the river takes on a very different persona, it is wild and full of life. I created this map to communicate the importance of the river to the wildlife and many towns it passes.
A snippet of Scotland's West Highlands- the Applecross Peninsular with one of the UK's most dangerous roads, the warming waters of the Gulf stream which allow palm trees to grow at Plockton, and some of the islands of the Inner Hebrides with mountains, folklore and incredible wildlife.
A fantastical depiction of flying high above the Welsh countryside in a hit air balloon. There is something appealing about balloon flight- the way their bright colours stand out from the landscape, but somehow fit in; as they drift gracefully. A romantic notion and what better way to view the beauty of Snowdonia National park?
This map is inspired by my travels around Australia 2011-2013 in a Volvo Commodore. This particular part of the drive took us from Norseman in Western Australia and across the Nullabor, which basically means 'No Trees'. It was flat, open and pretty deserted for more than 2000km. Coming from the tiny island of the UK this introduction to driving around Australia totally blew my mind!
I was inspired to paint this from a recent journey to St.Ives. I was struck by the pretty buildings, outdoors nature of the people and the mossy green rooftops- colour and texture everywhere! My map is a rather un-traditional 'map' but gives an idea of the town layout from the water, which is intrinsic to this beautifully Cornish seaside town.