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ShirtsHilary Sleiman, Lesley Bond (Northern Ireland)
Shirts was one of five installations commissioned as part of the Lumiere Derry~Londonderry 2013 BRILLIANT competition for anyone based in or originally from the area with a bright idea for an installation.
Derry was once the world’s biggest producer of shirts, an industry that at one time was said to employ every woman in the city.
This installation commemorated a part of Derry’s history with a series of neon shirts that adorned the windows of a former shirt factory. Appearing like ghosts, this installation reflected the demise of an industry that was once such an important part of city life.
Shirts was the first collaboration between Hilary Sleiman and Lesley Bond. Hilary trained in textiles and produces specialist knitwear for film and TV. She also creates site-generated installations both independently and, more recently, as part of Output Arts. Lesley has strong connections to Derry having been born and brought up in the city. Her grandfather owned a shirt factory, and her sister, Christine Frazer, a clothing factory until recently.