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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.

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Step 1: ​Materials

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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

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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.

mikeasaurus6 months ago

This looks amazing. Great idea!

travel_bug8 months ago

This is great, thanks for sharing! Now if only I can get my hands on a laser cutter...

This is a perfect idea for keeping track of my shortwave radio adventures. I have a wall map right now that I put pushpins into the locations where I'm getting good reception from (all over the world, by the way!), but it just looks...meh. This would add some style to it, and make a far nicer centerpiece on my wall. Thanks!

alepalan (author)  piggybankcowboy11 months ago

Thanks to you! Glad you liked it!

TheFlorifant11 months ago

This is really amazing

alepalan (author)  TheFlorifant11 months ago