My parents moved to Stroud in the Cotswolds when I was 7, way back in 1988. They were Geologistsand I followed in their footsteps with a love of the outdoors and the natural world.
Mapping is a big thing in Geology and with a degree in Geology myself from Birmingham University in 2003 and a Masters from Imperial a year later I got to see, study and make a lot of maps. The Cotswolds has a strong connection with Geology. The 'Father of Geology', William Smith, produced some of the first Geological maps from his base in Stow-on-the-Wold. You will find a plaque in the square there if you pay a visit.
After graduating I worked in many places around the world, carrying with me an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to do my own thing.
In 2011 I returned to the Cotswolds and established an electric bike shop. In 2017 I started a new business called the Cotswold Discovery Trail which brought cartography and graphic design skills into my life for the first time. Bringing the Discovery Trail to life saw me criss-crossing the Cotswolds determining the routes, devising questions and sampling the beer in many a country pub.
I looked for a gorgeous map of the Cotswolds I could hang on my wall at home but there was nothing out there. This was a huge surprise as it's a celebrated area for its natural beauty, loved by those who live here and popular with tourists from all over the World. Therefore I decided to design my own. The result is 'the cartographic arts'.
People keep telling me they love a good map. We have some here....