Astrid Jaekel
If These Walls Could Talk

Site Specific

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I approached Wigtown’s Festival Company with a public art proposal to celebrate its 20th anniversary as Scotland’s Book Town. I covered 11 buildings in the town square in custom-designed exterior wallpapers that tell the stories about the buildings they were applied to. My aim was to visibly transform the town square and give visitors and residents a good excuse to connect.

How was the illustration used:
This was a temporary project, created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wigtown’s annual Book Festival. The project existed for 2 months, and it was printed on light-weight paper and applied to 11 buildings using wheat paste. The estimated total of wall surface coverage is 660 square meters.

How did you make this work:
I collected community stories to inspire my designs, which were made using a mix of handmade and digital techniques, including printmaking and drawing to create repeating patterns. These were printed on long strips of paper with a width of 84.1mm and a total length of around 800 meters, and applied using wheat paste. The project was featured on ITV, BBC and the front page of The Scotsman.

Commissioner Name :
Adrian Turpin
Commissioner Company :
Wigtown Book Festival
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Astrid Jaekel, who has an Irish and German background, is a freelance illustrator and design school tutor based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is best known for her bold and playful mixed media artwork and large-scale cut-out silhouettes, featured as temporary or permanent site-specific installations, often involving stories from local communities.