I approached Wigtown’s Festival Company with a public art proposal to celebrate its 20th anniversary as Scotland’s Book Town.
The project saw me covering 11 buildings in the town square in custom-designed exterior wallpapers that tell the stories about the buildings they were applied to. As part of this, I collected community stories to inspire each of my designs, which were made using a mix of handmade and digital techniques, including printmaking and drawing to create repeating patterns.
The aim of 'If These Walls Could Talk' was to visibly transform the town square and give visitors and residents a good excuse to connect during the Book Festival of 2018. The project was featured on ITV, BBC Radio Scotland and the front page of The Scotsman.

'If These Walls Could Talk' is the winner of the 2019 AOI World Illustration Awards in the category of site specific / professional.

Photo credit 6,9,12,16 ColinTennant 
Photo credit 8,14,20 Colin Hattersley

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