When I was a toddler, I told my mother that I wanted to be a mapmaker after watching a short clip on Sesame Street of a woman wearing a fancy headset, hovering over the city in a helicopter, mapping coordinates. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated with maps, aerial views, and how each place comes to life in a different way. After basing my artwork on maps for years, I created Mapping Words in November 2011, using the internet as an alternative space to combine my passions for writing, art and photography.

Mapping Words mainly appeals to long-term travelers, slow travelers and expats who have immersed themselves in a foreign country and have made quality connections with people and place abroad. This site is also geared towards creative travelers, artists and art appreciators who make art on the road and/or value the power of good imagery.

Currently, most of the articles and artwork relate to life in South Korea, where I resided for three glorious years, and Colombia, my current home. I hope you’ll follow along and share your own unique stories.


-Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.