Maybe because I travelled so far in moving from my home country, Taiwan, to the UK, but I absolutely love travelling. I’ve had the fortune to travel to a good few countries and of course there are many countries that I would still love to visit.
Easily my largest personal project is creating illustrated maps of countries I’ve either been to or want to go to. So far, as of early 2023, I have created over 30 maps of different countries and cities from around the world.
These are really time consuming to make as there are so many details but they are a lot of fun to illustrate. Eventually I hope I can visit all of them.
I visited Chiang Mai in Thailand for the first time December 2018 and I instantly fell in love this beautiful, relaxing and friendly city. I love the mountains, the trees, the food, the shopping, the weather everything! I used yellow as the main colourful this map as yellow reminds me of my favourite noodle soup from Chiang Mai; Khao Soi (curry noodle soup). I loved illustrating this map as it brought back happy and beautiful memories. Both Chiang Mai and Thailand are absolutely amazing!
China is another country that’s difficult to decide what to illustrate, due to the sheer size of it, but I’m fortunate to have travelled around China a little bit so some choices were easy, some harder to choose.
Regardless China is a super fun country to visit and illustrated.
This was requested by a few customers and required a lot of research as Czech Republic, or Czechia depending on what you want to call it, is a country I’ve never really thought about visiting.
But on research and talking to different people, including some people from that country, Czech Republic looks like a lot of fun.
Edinburgh is a special place for me as I lived there from 2008 to 2022. I have so many memories from Edinburgh, both good and bad, that happened in this beautiful city. I’ve included some places that have special meanings to me, including a restaurant I worked in for four and a half years and this job was the catalyst for me becoming an illustrator.
The locations in this map are some of my favourite locations in Edinburgh. Hopefully if you get a chance to visit Edinburgh one day you can use my map as a guide.
In my previous life as a chef, I travelled to France as part of my graduation from culinary school.
While we only went to Paris I absolutely loved the food, the culture, the sights, it’s easily one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities I’ve ever been to.
But going to France to really discover the rest of the country and not just Paris is definitely on my bucket list to do.
I’ve only briefly visited Germany but I have friends that live in Germany and I also have quite a few customers from Germany but from what I’ve seen and researched Germany is a seriously beautiful country with a lot of things to see, do and eat.
This is one country I really want to visit in the next couple years.
Similar to Africa, China and the USA, India was hard to decide how to illustrate as it’s such a huge country with an enormous amount of things I could include in the map. With research, asking questions, designing and illustrating, this map of India took a good month to create.
Despite living in Scotland I’ve still yet to travel to Ireland but it’s a country I really want to travel to in the near future. Ireland looks really beautiful, has some great food and drink and I know the Irish are really friendly. This was a lot of fun to create.
20 years ago I travelled to Italy while studying to become a chef. I absolutely loved the sights, the sounds, the smells, the culture and of course the absolutely incredible food. One of my favourite countries to visit and one I would go back to in an instant if the opportunity came up.
When I studied illustration at university a few years ago, for my final honours project I had a real head scratching moment about what to create. A lot of my contemporaries focused on contemporary traditional art but that’s not me. Now I love food, and I love travelling so I eventually decided to create my first illustrated maps, which were of the USA and Taiwan, and from there, over the course of half a decade, I have created over 30 maps of different countries, and some cities, around the world.
As with all of my work, everything is fun to look at, full of detail and a huge amount of work has gone into each map. Some maps, for example Taiwan, Edinburgh and the UK were pretty easy to make. I’m from Taiwan, I lived in Edinburgh for 15 years and my husband was born in the UK and has lived all over the country. Other counties, Cuba, Poland and India were much more difficult to create as I knew nothing about these countries prior to creating them.
Every map requires lots of research, lots of asking friends for information about countries and in many case their countries (I get a lot of requests for maps), but I love seeing the final results. Every map is available to purchase in poster, postcard and jigsaw form.