Twists and turns: Saigon’s maze maker

Met a maze maker…

You’ll be lost, then you’ll find your way out. But don’t ask Matthew Kershaw how. Although he designs them, he’s not always sure he can find his way out.

Picture

Matthew loved creating mazes as a kid and never grew out of it. “I used to like to doodle in my notebook when I was bored in classes at primary school (around Grade 5), and my maze drawing began to evolve from then. After a few months the drawings became quite intricate and I continued to draw them for about a year. I rediscovered this skill about three years ago and I have been drawing mazes again ever since.”

The Volcano (web - logo)

Often working in both a meditative and extremely focused state when freehanding, he visualizes a typical route a person would take and then inserts intertwining paths, dead ends and winding loops to confuse and stump players.

Mother Earth

Taking approximately an hour to complete, he labels his puzzles on the complex to difficult scale with some almost covering an entire A4 page. “In the future I plan to draw A3 size mazes and even larger,” he says. “I can solve all my mazes soon after completing them but after some time I go back to them to try and I forget the precise way. So they can be pretty challenging even for the maze creator!”

The Dreamtime Snake (web - logo)

Matthew sees his creations more than mazes but pieces of art and have sold some of his work at art and crafts markets in Vietnam. “In the near future I plan to produce a maze book with 20 solvable designs, along with ornamental but also functional mazes on large framed color prints, coffee mugs and t-shirts.”

The Orbs (web - logo)

Illustrations by Matthew Kershaw. More of Matthew’s mazes can be found at: mazeworld.wix.com/amazeing 

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

The Quarantined Couple

The day after Jake* went to Buddha Bar on March 14 with his girlfriend Amy*, he remembered he felt sick, a sore throat and mild fever. It was similar to his girlfriend’s day-long fever and aches. Nothing too serious for either. Something more severe may have triggered alarm in him. Their visit happened as Vietnam

Read More »

Customer Satisfaction

Learn the differences between customer service versus customer experience, and how they work together to boost lifelong loyalty Pop quiz, corporate business leaders: Which team or department is responsible for customer experience? Here’s a hint: Think beyond department borders. Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, Logistics, IT, etc. Delivering incredible customer experiences in today’s agile economy is

Read More »

An All-Rounder

Paving the road for cricket’s growth in Vietnam If you ask most locals about cricket they might tell you that a chorus of chirping from this insect is a pleasant part of the soundscape of summertime, but that’s not the type of cricket that Jeremy Stein is interested in as the president of Vietnam Cricket

Read More »

A Complete Guide to Go Camping in Vietnam

Vietnam is a beautiful country with a lot to offer to campers. Most of us imagine Vietnam as a purely tropical country. But, it does have parts that fall into the temperate zone. Apart from a handful of places, it doesn’t get terribly cold, but several locations have cool weather. Visiting the country and seeing

Read More »

#Photojournalism

From climate change protests to democratic uprisings against biased and violent authorities, it is clear that 2019 has been a pivotal year for citizens all over the world. It’s in this context that mobile app Agora launched its first#Photojournalism photo competition, with the objective to give photographers a way to shed light on specific issues. 

Read More »

Disc Jockeys

It is a frantic, fast-paced frisbee free-for-all and it is catching on in Saigon Saigon Monsoon typically plays on the open soccer fields of RMIT, but school closures since the beginning of the year have pushed practices instead to the astroturf of Tao Dan Stadium in the heart of District 3, behind the Independence Palace.

Read More »