This Saturday I attended a conference on Maps and Mapmaking organised by Textile Forum South West. A very good day, with excellent speakers, showing many different points of view on maps and making, and other related activities - among them the Pompom Project. This is a networking project, involving several stages: making the pompoms, hanging them in and around the place where you live, photographing them, and bringing them to the conference, together with the photographs. Also, miniature pompoms were pinned on a map of the South West of England, on the places where group members live, and string was used to link the pins on the map with Taunton, where the conference was being held, to study the network of textile makers. Very interesting!
I tied my pompoms to an old fashioned street light and photographed them against the background of Wells Cathedral.
There will be an exhibition of members' work next March/April, 2012, on the theme of "Mapping the Future: Where are you now?", at The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, Somerset.
I shall be taking part!