Mapping Derry

We were tasked with creating an alternative map of the iconic walls of Derry. The walls enclose the medieval city centre and their history has been closely tied with Ireland’s turbulent past. We assumed the metaphor, based upon the city’s history of linen and dress manufacture, that the walls are the clothing of the ‘Maiden City.’

The map was conceived of as a dressmaker’s pattern a total of 8m in length. Wrapped around a dressmaker’s mannequin the 'dress' is decorated with a conversation which meanders through Londonderry’s troubled past and the day to day life that takes place in, on and around the famous walls.