I love maps but most important I love meeting people from different parts of the world. Getting to know their stories and understanding their roots and history makes me feel connected to them. While I was doing my residency at Pier 9 we had recently moved to a new office space with white clean walls.
I was lucky to meet quite a lot of talented people so I decided to make a Diversity Corkmap so everyone can grab a pin and place it on the map to show where they were from. Hopefully that started a conversation with the rest of the people.
I also plan to make one for my home and start putting pins for all my future travel plans! This is an affordable 2-hour project that will make your office or home look awesome.
Step 1: Materials
For this project you need:
- Cork Roll – 1/16” x 24” x 48” (this was a little too thin, you might want to get a 1/8" thick)
- Epilog Lasercutter, Model Legend 36EXT (120 Watts, 24” x 36” workbed)
- Double-sided tape
- World map vector file (included in this step)
Step 2: Unrolling
I found the cork roll stocked in the materials storage bin at Pier 9 and it probably was there for quite a while since I was the first person to use those cork rolls. As I unrolled it I saw how bumpy it was and that it didn’t lay flat on the table. I put some books and heavy stuff I had to straighten it for a while. Be careful because 1/16” thick is delicate and can crumble.