Moray Art Centre welcomes artist and hand-weaver Lynne Hocking for 'Ancestral Interconnections', from 5th May - 11th June 2023.
This textile weaving exhibition explores family connections to the weaving trade in Angus through the last seven generations of Lynne’s family who were handloom weavers, factory weavers, yarn minders and mill wrights in Forfar and Kirriemuir.
Lynne has produced a series of unique woven structures which promote discussion about concepts related to place, the value of heritage and contemporary crafts.
Learn more about the artist
Lynne Hocking has been hand-weaving since 2016. Formerly an academic scientist in the field of human genetics, Lynne now persues weaving science. Working from Wasps studio in Aberdeen city on the north east Scottish coast, Lynne explores scientific concepts through data physicalisation (giving physical form to information) and material exploration, developing handwoven textile objects that promote conversations about heritage, connection to place, and identity.
"While I work with a range of data sources, my main focus is my own family’s connection to the weaving trade in north-east Scotland that stretches over at least seven generations, where I combine ancestry research, genetic data and/or explorations of materiality to consider what it means to “be Scottish”(by birth and/or by choice) in the 21st century.
All pieces are handwoven by me in my “weaving laboratory”. Everything is created using responsibly-sourced materials, whether that’s yarns I process myself, yarns created locally by independent dyers or family-run mills, surplus yarns from large-scale manufacturing or destashing, or materials that support women working in rural communities worldwide".
Photography Credit: Jeni Reid
A free to visit exhibition exploring family connections to the weaving trade in Angus through genetics and ancestry.
5th May - 11th June
Hosted at Moray Art Centre
Open Friday - Sunday (10am - 4pm)