The Education Department at RIBA approached me to run a small RIBA Talk and Workshop in their learning department. Wilson Yau, who works within the RIBA education department found my map sketchbook drawings on Instagram and approached me on this bases to run a map workshop with attendees to teach them how to create their own personal memory maps as well as give a short presentation and talk about my illustrations work.
The Attendees of the workshop are an older group of 50 ages and up. They are part of a social community group that spends time doing workshops, visiting museums and galleries and doing social activities together.
The 15-minute presentation of my work where I talked about my sketchbook drawings and a few examples of my architectural drawings for commercial work. After which we started the Map workshop. there were about 20 attendees to the workshop. I worked one on one with many of them.
The group created visual memory maps of their personal experiences, these were either Maps of their local area, where they used to live, or places they had been on holiday. there was quite an interesting range of memory maps being created.
I was also pleased to see a few different styles of illustration, from hand-drawn maps to collage, technical, sketch and colourful. It was interesting to see the map personalities develop through the maps, I enjoyed speaking to the attendees about their ideas and helping them through the process to create their visual memory maps.
Once we finished the workshop, I was very pleased to hear from the majority of the class how they enjoyed the workshop and creating their Visual memory map. many of them said they would go away and create more maps for friends and family and social events. It was a real pleasure to feel the group enjoy the workshop and also learn something about maps and how they could create their own maps.