Creating Waymarkers

Along any trail around the world waymarkers visually communicate that you are on the right track.
After my drawing experiments I had some pretty solid shapes I could play around with which visually represented the route I had taken on my circular walk.
I started by scratching out my map, or image from a circular piece of wood.
Initially I was thinking that I could place these along my route, maybe coating them with different things and see how they change over time in the elements.
I wasn’t quite able to achieve the finish I wanted too, I was using a lino cutter and so some of the wood quite easily splintered off making the finish a bit untidy. However, waste not want not I decided to try it out as a stamp to see how it looked. Maybe it could create a cool emblem for my project?

Designing with the elements


Stuart gave me some really great references to look at when it came to artists and designers who have created works that have an element of their surroundings in the final product. Firstly photographer Stephen Gill, I was super inspired by the hecitc yet beautiful composition of his photographs. He physically puts bit of detritus into the camera lens to achieve a lot of his work and I think it gives a whole new dimension. It’s almost as though the what he is standing on while taking the picture

is included in what he could see and kind of transports you there. Secondly I looked at the Folklore Tapes box set music release for ‘THEO BROWN AND THE FOLKLORE OF DARTMOOR’. I really wish after I had looked at this that I could get my hands on a copy and look at it in more detail. The map in this project looks really beautiful and again I love how the circular form has come out in their map which goes back to the mappa mundi I was looking at last week.

How else can my surroundings help shape my design?
Cyanotype!

Cyanotype seemed like the

How to show the route without being too obvious?

During my walk I took photographs of every waymarker that I passed.
They really stood out in this natural and fairly wild feeling landscape as the only obviously manmade features.
Of course I was surrounded by farmland which is hugely man made but these markers are much more obvious than that. I decided to draw each marker I took a photograph of.

Earlier in the week I had been admiring the new Marika Hackmann album artwork by @lostcontrolcollective and my drawings have definitely taken inspo from that.

Map draft #1

So draft one is pretty messy and doesnt actually make sense in sequesce when you open it. Here are the notes I made:
– Not sure if the cover fully goes with the rest of the leaflet
– Do I need to explain the map on the front somehow?
– Order / Layout of steps is a little confusing. Need to improve!
– Needs some sort of instructions or context added. Currently quite mysterious.

Map draft #2

Map draft #3

In this draft I used one of the maps I had found in an old book at the library and inverted it to match it to my cyanotypes. Although this looked better I don’t think I’d be aloud to use it like this. Here are the notes I made:
– The black front cover works better
– I should add another cyanotype to the back cover
– Info page is good but may need more info and maybe make the Welsh language even harder to read?

  • Map page, unsure if I can use this map. Maybe ask about this. Also unsire if it would be better including the actual route rather than the stylised circle.
  • Rona suggested handwritten fonts…

This draft was closer to what I was hoping to achieve but still felt a bit disjointed and I think the use of the old map actually was a bit detrimental to the overall design aethetic I was going for.
I was also concerened about how useable this map actually needed to be. If I remind myself of my question ‘How to divert people from the path most trodden’, it would suggest that a map that was a little unclear could actually be a good thing. I don’t want to create a map that then makes a brand new most trodden path. The whole point is to change people’s perspectives of a place. The use of Wlesh language in this map is deliberate. With no proper translation it also encourages the user to do a bit of leg work and find some things out for themselves. If they don’t the whole map will be lost on them anyway.

Map draft #4

After the last draft I knew I wanted to make the map inside the leaflet a little easier to follow. Of maybe just a little more obvious. I’ve been absorbed in this project so it makes sense to me, I also know the landscape yet if you didn’t know either you could look at the plain map and just think ‘that’s a bit crap’.
I had a few failed attempts at actually placing the markers in the correct spots, I did this all by hand. Printing out type, cutting it out, sticking it on and then scanning the map back in.
I added the title box as a nod to the old map of St Davids that had inspired me.
I think the final outcome looks pretty affective.

Final Map

Scanned spread of ‘Ar Goll’ leaflet

Ar Goll, Front Cover
65mm x 90mm

Ar goll inside cover #1
Pressed flower from St Davids Circular Walk

Ar Goll Map
183mm x 127mm

Ar Goll ‘catching features’ map
Inside full spread of leaflet
257mm x 183mm


Ar Goll
Back Cover
Scan of fern with seed spores from St Davids Circular Walk
65mm x 90mm

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