Map Making Workshop

a collaboration with Isabella Mitchell

@ Benk + Bo, London

20th July 2019


Salty Studio and Isabella Mitchell are collaborating to create...

a map making workshop at Benk + Bo!

A mapmaking workshop which places focus on sensory storytelling and revels in the traces of fleeting yet fond holiday memories. To begin the workshop, you will be briefly introduced to the history of map design, with examples of characteristic features and artistic interpretations to inspire your own creation. Through a series of hands-on, creative exercises, you will be encouraged to recall journeys and visualise destinations. You will learn how to translate your memories into a visual language, through cutting, collaging, mark-making, with the additional option of drawing if you wish. You will leave the workshop with your own map, and a unique process which you can use to visually describe geographical locations, as shaped by your own personal experiences.  

All materials are provided for this workshop, which is suitable for all abilities. Books and visual references will be provided. Feel free to bring your own inspiring visuals such as photos or sketchbooks if desired.


Isabella Mitchell is a freelance designer and illustrator based in London. Her practice centres around drawing places, people and objects from observation. She simplifies forms down to shape, colour and line, and explores relationships through composition, to create playful prints and digital illustrations. She designs and runs workshops to promote the mindful benefits of drawing and designing, within an environment which is easy to access, engage with and connect.


Food (of course):

During the workshop, Salty Studio will present 5 different snacks inspired by remote islands around the world and tell a short story about where these come from and their history.


The following islands have been picked to inspire each snack!


Here is what we made:

+ Faroe Islands, Denmark: raw turnip ceviche, lime juice, samphire, charcoal powder, smoked seaweed oil, goats cheese

+ Edinburgh of the seven seas, Tristan da Cuhna: sweet potato, baby potato, beer soil, sour cream, chives, frizzy pea shoots

+ Islands of the Comoros: prawns from Fin + Flounder, coconut & lemongrass, vanilla rum coconut milk sauce, toasted coconut flakes, plantain crisps

+ Kerguelen Islands, French Southern & Antarctic Lands: French crêpes, salted caramel sauce, crème Chantilly

+ Nunavut islands, Canada: white meringue island, with cloudberry jam from Scandikitchen, a mix of cranberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, topped with a homemade pine syrup