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I had the opportunity to visit Detroit in July for the ICON10 Illustration conference. One of the events was a tour of many of the public art spots in the city, and many local artists/activists spoke at the conference. I was blown away by the amount of grassroots engagement in art and placemaking, helping transform the city in a positive way. This map includes the Instagram handles for many of the artists and institutions I had the pleasure of learning about. I hope you'll give them a follow and learn more.
My sister lives in Toronto, as does my Canadian licensee, and so I have visited this metropolis of North America many times over the last three decades. I almost moved there a few years ago but a spate of bitterly cold winters put paid to that idea. Sheffield was more than cold enough for me! I do however love drawing the cities and natural landscape of Canada. It's an amazing country, ethically and aesthetically, and I am therefore proud to create designs and products that enables Canadians and Canada-lovers like me to celebrate this evolving and inclusive culture. Moose and bears star in my Cityscape of Toronto as does the iconic CN Tower and Old City Hall. I've fallen asleep on the sand of Toronto Island and swam in Lake Ontario, and long to do it again.
My hand drawn memory map of a great day spent walking the historical cobblestones of Salem, Ma. It was a fun-filled day, with tons of walking, exploring, and just taking in the sights! The “witch” history was definitely explored, I loved the history, and the Peabody Essex museum was a highlight! a room full of “figureheads” in all their glory in front of huge domed alcoves...beautiful! I just loved the city, and the best lobster roll ever at the Lobster Shanty! I even threw in the Devils Run, because I hope to run it someday. A beautiful, historical, whimsical city core, I would definitely visit again.
The weather was perfect for me, hot & humid, with a salty breeze to cool you off, I hope my map captures the fun & historical atmosphere of this wonderful city!