Jack Brandtman was born in 1988 and grew up in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. He is a student at the School of Art at the Australian National University.
Jack's background is in painting and he progressed in 2009 to a major in digital media. He has strong interest in art theory and animation.
Jack is actively involved at the School of Art and hopes to pursue a career in the new media arts field.
This Evolution of Australia Through Maps project follows the discovery and depiction of Australia through time in cartography. The art of map making, cartography, can be seen throughout history as a resource that gives light to the technologies available at the time. I have been drawn to maps because of the fantastic skills applied in constructing them. The evolution of Australia in these maps shows a visual depiction of great changes in the contours and landmass.
The project focuses on the progression of Australia in relation to the world around it. It highlights explorers' journeys of discovery to an unknown land and how their explorations forged a path for future inhabitants. The project depicts progress over time as the journeys of the inhabitants of Australia shape it into the country as we know it today.
Title: Evolution of Australia Through Maps
Date: May 2009
Embroidered map samplers
These samplers were probably sewn by a young Englishwoman in about 1800. She drew her maps onto the silk from a pattern created to teach ladies geography. The maker has added her own touches, tracing Captain James Cook's three voyages into the Pacific with tiny stitches. The samplers show the new British settlement in Australia at Port Jackson, founded in the wake of Captain James Cook's voyage.
Sitting in an English drawing room, the embroiderer has sewn the coastline of 'New Holland or Terra Australis' from the accounts of Spanish, Dutch, French and British sailors.
Embroidered map samplers, about 1800. Photos: George Serras.