The official launch on 14 November at Deirdre’s Laharum Grove, of a unique illustrated map and guide to Wartook Valley was the culmination of a year’s work for Melbourne artist Jenny Bowman.
This beautiful and educational artist’s interpretation of the Valley was made possible through the work of volunteer members of the Wartook Promotions Group, Victoria State Government Bushfire Fund and the support of Grampians Tourism and Horsham Rural City Council.
It is hoped that the map will foster a sense of place and pride for local residents (especially after the fires and floods of recent years) and to promote the region, increasing tourist visitation and raising awarenessof the beautiful Wartook Valley and the wider region.
The map is designed in the tradition of those lovely old illustrated maps that we may have collected on our travels and brought back home because they were too beautiful to throw away.
We now have a guide to what the Wartook Valley and Grampians region has to offer that we can proudly make available to both national and international travelers alike.
The front of the map gives a strong sense of the entire Wartook Valley and the reverse side of the map provides suggested itineraries, background information, accommodation, dining and attractions within the Valley and surrounding area. The map is also available in poster size. Perhaps it will be tacked onto a wall in Holland or Germany to remind the travelers who bought it, of a wonderful few days in a very beautiful part of Victoria.
The artist and designer, Jenny Bowman has endeared herself to locals and has travelled to the Valley twice on research trips, visiting areas of interest, doing drawings, taking photos and staying with Wartook Valley residents.
Jenny is a Melbourne artist and teacher who worked at The Age newspaper for many years. As a freelancer, her clients have included Penguin and Lonely Planet.
She has created many illustrated maps for various publications Her published work includes Winery Regions of Victoria and the Yarra River. Most of her maps are drawn using a dip pen, ink and water colour. She also makes digital maps using Illustrator and Photoshop.
Jenny loves exploring towns and regions in Australia, photographing and illustrating them. Like many Australians she loves to travel overseas, but wishes more of us would spend time exploring our own country. There is so much diversity to experience, and we can help keep our rural areas alive.
You can find some of Jenny’s other work on www.illustratorsaustralia.com
On Tuesday 15 November, the day after the launch, the artist gave a talk to students at Laharum Primary School explaining her working process to create the map and the Wartook Promotions Group gave a map to each student.
Maps and posters are available at Visitor Information Centres in the region.