Living a Creative Life Abroad

Here's a bit about what I do

Fine Art and Illustration Fine Art and Illustration

This page is currently under construction, but while you’re here, you can check out a few places I’ve published my work. Where my artwork has been published: Een goed gevoel bij biokatoen, Het Parool, 5.13.2013 Made in Bangladesh, [French] ELLE, 5.02.2013 Learning Korean through Art, Chincha, 4.24.2013 Sarah Shaw, [b]racket, February 2013 issue, (pgs. 24-27) “Global Perspectives” issue, Prattfolio, […]

Travel and Teaching Travel and Teaching

Over the past few years, I’ve had many opportunities and privileges to travel and teach abroad. Currently, I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in La Boquilla, a community located north of Cartagena, Colombia. In the Peace Corps, I co-plan and co-teach in high school English classes, create English curriculum, teach adult community classes, lead an English […]

Storytelling Storytelling

This page is currently under construction, but while you’re here, you can check out some writing I’ve published on the web. Narrative writing Riding the white horse: On being foreign in South Korea, Glimpse, 4.19.2013 Notes from the covert world of Korean shamanism, Glimpse, 11.30.2012 Eavesdropping on Line 6, Asia Pundits, 8.26.2012 Sneaking in on Sarah in […]

From the Blog

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 2 Comments

For awhile, I’ve been wanting to photograph some of the homes scattered along the narrow streets in Cartagena’s downtown neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are usually quiet–just beyond the bustling tourist attractions and restaurants. Filled with bright colors, peeling paint, intricate architectural details, overgrown plants and people with somewhere to go…   -Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. […]

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

When I was a child, my family had an old fashioned rotary phone connected to the wall by a curly cord. The numbers were arranged in a circle, and in order to call someone, you had to spin each one to a fixed stop position. I can still picture my mother, with her post-eighties perm, hurriedly twisting […]

May and June: an assortment of novels

May and June: an assortment of novels

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Book Reviews | 2 Comments

I’ve reached the middle of my 52 book challenge, and at 33 books, I’m well ahead of schedule. (I’ll attribute that to my newfound love of graphic novels.) I’ve exposed myself to a plethora of new authors and subjects, including the assortment of novels below. This collection is somewhat obscure; the only commonality among them is the fact that […]

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