I first came across ‘foldedsheet’ at a Royal Geographical Society conference about 5 years ago, and I was an instant fan, and am very proud to be the owner of a sunny yellow year to view 2012 version that I picked up at Explore last November. Starting up your own NGO is no mean feat and there is so much that goes on logistically from one day to the next, and most calendars just aren’t up for the job, nor do they have a space where you can just scribble down idea or notes, or pencil in future events. But foldedsheet does. It gives you a space for notes, as well as a place for forward thinking for the next 4 years.
But folded sheet is much more than a wall calendar or future planner. It can also be used to display photos and to tell a story or show off your art work, and many museums use them as a blank canvass on which people can scribble down ideas, and art galleries use them to create master pieces. They come in a range of sizes, including very large ones, and better still, they are made on paper which has taken the environment into consideration and their printing techniques also incorporate this ethos.
But foldedsheet don’t just make these. They also make some funky ways to communicate your findings or to tell your story, and I super love this recent ‘mappazine’ produced by Alastair Humphreys, as a dip in version of his latest and proudly self published book ‘There are Other Rivers’.
There Are Other Rivers: One Day on the Road/On Foot in India is a photographic journey interspersed with insights and thoughts. Alastair Humphreys walked across southern India, following a holy river from the ocean to its source and then down to the other coast. Travelling alone, immersing himself in fresh experiences, the adventure provided time to reflect on his long fascination with the open road. Humphreys explores two different themes: the allure of difficult journeys and the repeating rhythm of each individual day.
A longer version of There Are Other Rivers is available as a print book and a Kindle eBook.
Not surprising then, that Alastaire was named by National Geographic as ‘Adventurer of the Year 2012’!! http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2012/alastair-humphreys/
Mappazines and OPG
I’m always looking for exciting and innovative ideas to help me explain to people what exactly OPG is, and what we do, and how this fits in with my PhD on plastic pollution in the oceans, as well as the Coxless Rowers and our plans to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia in 2013.
I wanted to produce my own Mappazine or folded sheet ever since I first came across them, but the problem was, I never had anything to write about, but now…I really do. But what we are doing is sometimes tricky to explain in just a few sentences and you have to gauge the specific bits that each person might be interested in. But a mappazine seems to offer the perfect solution, because, just like a magazine, people can start from wherever they like, and the read the bit that interests them the most.
So, I’ve contacted foldedmap to see whether they might be able to put something together for us which shows the different elements of our project (film making, environmental education, Earthwatch expeditions, John Muir Award, Duke of Edinburgh/International Award for Young People, BSAC Snorkel Diver, Volvo Adventure, clean up action, volunteer work at Tbilisi Zoo, the Ocean row, my PhD, and maritime archaeology, team work, English as a second language, Education through Expeditions, etc, etc).
If we can get it done in time, then one idea would be to present it at the International Wine and Spirirt Fair at Excel, in London either this May or next May, on the stands which show off Georgian wine. Or we could show it at scuba diving shows, education shows, travel shows, shows aimed at women, boat shows, the Explore conference, and so on, as well as being able to give a copy to the many corporate sponsors we meet, and to help them to explain their investment to others. Potentially a huge market!
I don’t know whether they will like our idea or not, but I figured it was worth a try and will now await an answer. But in the meantime, check them out: http://foldedsheet.wordpress.com/category/foldedsheets/
And I’m going to leave you today with a talk given by Ronald Turnball about his bivvy bag expeditions around the UK, some lovely pictures, and goes to show that you don’t need to have lots of money or equipment or need to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy some adventures: