Astrid Jaekel







I am a visual artist / illustrator and part time Illustration tutor at Edinburgh College of Art. My current practice encompasses a variety of disciplines, from commissions and collaborative projects to public installations and personal work. A theme of place is often at the heart of much of the work I do. This investigates the landscapes, people and histories that give a location its identity and explores the stories that underpin people’s daily lives, families and communities. Much of my recent work has been installed in the public realm, with the aim that my working process and the completed piece will function as a catalyst for the further spinning of stories within a community. Project examples include recently designed decorative panels for a RSPB bird-viewing structure in collaboration with Civic Architects, and ‘Beachcomber’, a permanent installation on Edinburgh’s Rose Street which made me explore a place through creating a homage to a famous inhabitor of the street; one of the infamous Rose Street poets, George Mackay Brown. My love for collecting personal narratives saw me incorporating local’s stories in the temporary installation ‘Windows of Wigtown’, which was presented at the Wigtown Book Festival in 2013. In 2018 I returned to Wigtown to carry out a large scale public art project in celebration of the Festival's 20th anniversary. 'If These Walls Could Talk' saw me turning stories of buildings on the town square into wallpaper designs and applying them to the facades.