Mel is the driving force behind The Melbourne Map. She conquers technological learning curves, brings artists together, talks about the project to everyone who will listen and is project manager, researcher, fundraiser, promoter and publisher of The Melbourne Map. The original Melbourne Map was her brainchild after backpacking around Europe and America and seeing the value of illustrated city drawings. Since publishing the first Melbourne Map in 1990 she moved to the country in 1997 and ventured into fish farming for 12 years then back into the arts, working for Back to Back Theatre. Seeing the enormous changes in her favourite city over these past 27 years she’s now on a quest to bring the enormously popular image back to life including all the new infrastructure, buildings, sporting arenas, parks and add a few more suburbs to the drawing. Most exciting is the opportunity to marry the art with technology and produce an interactive app for mobile devices that will help Melbourne businesses share their information and events with Melbournians and its visitors.
Artist and garden designer (total green thumb!), Deborah first joined the team in 1987. She designed and drew the original character line drawing for the first edition – The Magic Melbourne Map. This was printed in black and white on rag paper as a signed and numbered edition. This historic view of Melbourne is held in the State and National Library archives, Historical Society records and adorns the walls of many a home and business around Melbourne and indeed the globe. Deborah’s creative career includes design drafting, blackboard art and garden design. Happy to be re-living the joy of documenting Melbourne once again, Deborah will be revisiting the project and working with Lewis to complete this mammoth task.
Lewis is the new recruit, (he was in nappies when we did the first edition!) and is ever so savvy when it comes to the technical aspects of this project. Lewis has spent the last couple of years drawing Melbourne, one building at a time, attracted to the older colonial feel of his own past. Usually making artworks on location from direct observation he finds this the most fulfilling method of capturing the feel of a place. Lewis studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University, and has always had a keen interest in objective drawing particularly in line work, shapes and spaces created within architecture. He produced a colouring book of the city of Melbourne and more recently a colouring book of Fitzroy Gardens & Cooks cottage. Lewis is excited to contribute his amazing talents to this new edition of The Melbourne Map.