A Map to chart a course.
In the early stages of this project, much of our work has consisted of wayfinding. Wayfinding is characterized by moving about a region. It is the act of walking, boating, driving and moving on a journey. It’s experiencing places, sharing meals, and meeting people. It’s literally finding your way in the world. Wayfinding is different than mapping. On a map, you have coordinates. Maps don’t tell stories, they show points and the spaces between them. However, maps hold a special kind of power, because they can be taken with you. You can check them to recall where you’ve been. Or you can use a map to chart a novel course.
Therefore it might be said that wayfinding is a bit like telling a good story at dinner. Whereas, maps are like writing them down afterward. In that vein, we are happy to present our new map. It allows you to locate any journey we’ve shared so far. By choosing a point on the map you gain access to a story or meal from some position around the North Sea.
Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
If you’ve been reading the blog, then you know we’ve visited The Thorupstrand Fishing Guild in Jutland. We made soda bread with seaweed that we collected in the Netherlands. We’ve gone mushrooming in Thy National Park in Denmark. We savored an Indian-inspired recipe from England. Among many more, some of which are coming soon. But there’s still a lot of places to visit and meals to cook. As we continue this journey, this map will fill up with traditional recipes and unique histories we discover along the way.
Turns out this is the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, and it’s also going to be the biggest year for Preserving the North Sea yet. We’re in talks with a short chain distribution organization in England, Fjord Fishermen in Norway, Smokehouses in the UK, and oyster harvesters in the Netherlands, made friends with one of the biggest food heritage organizations in the world, and we’re still looking for more. Want to be a part of the story and get on the map? Contact us and let’s talk!
Looking at this map right now makes my palm sweet just thinking about all the stories yet to be told and charted. It’s a daunting task, but one we are eager to bring to life and then pin down for posterity.
Keep an eye on this page as it continues to evolve and fill in. It’s going to be an exciting journey.