‘The Road to Chartres’


Collage: map pieces & fabric on paper

h 66.5 x w 90cm, 2015

Framing: Floating foamcore mount in white wood box frame with TruView non-reflective glass

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Original Sat Nav?

This piece originated with research into 17th Century maps. In 1675 John Ogilby published 100 plates mapping journeys throughout the British Isles in what has become known as first British road atlas. Each plate depicted a journey as a straight line and included landmarks, inns and notes to help travellers find their way. These maps fascinated me instantly as they aren’t just the first road atlas – they are almost the first Sat Navs.

Labyrinth Pilgrimage?

In this piece, I’ve followed John Ogilby’s principles, but used existing maps to piece together a straight line journey across the sea to and into France – all the way to Chartres, near Paris. Home to one of the most beautiful medieval labyrinths on the floor of its cathedral, Chartres is a city I’d love to visit again soon.

999 Miles – Day 1

This route is also the first part of the 999 mile journey from my home in Dorset to Venice. I finally got there in 2017… and can’t wait to make the journey again.

This piece and other artworks are also available to rent.

If you’d like to commission your own favourite or imagined journey map, contact Michelle to start the conversation… 

‘The Road to Chartres’ was last modified: February 28th, 2019 by Michelle Rumney

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Weight 225 kg