Flax Turns Foundation Cloth

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Flax Turns Foundation Cloth
Sat 24th Sept, 10am - 6pm, OAP Hall
A day of performance and talks as part of Christine Borland's Flax project

With Flax Turns Foundation Cloth, Deveron Projects and Christine Borland marked the end of Christine's project Flax (2019 - 21), Flax Turns (2021-22) and Foundation Cloth (2022), on Saturday 24th September from 10am - 6pm at the OAP Hall in Huntly.

The starting point for Christine’s project was Huntly’s heritage as a centre of Scotland’s linen trade during the late 18th Century. Between 2019 and 2022, she drew on communal experiences of growing and hand-working flax into linen to engender intimate connection to ecology and heritage and to develop matrilineal, alternative forms of knowledge generation and archiving.

The event was structured around a new work The Distaff Dialogues: Christine Borland & Grace Borland Sinclair, performing alongside special guest turns. Invited artists and speakers included: project collaborators Daisy Williamson, Lynne Hocking and Cath Snape; Dr Sally Tuckett (Glasgow University, discussing the Scottish women spinning linen in the 18th century and the enslaved people of the British colonies who wore it); Christiane Seufferlein on the Berta Flax Project; Annalee Davis; Caroline Gatt.

The day ended with the local Scottish Country Dancer's demonstration of weaving-inspired dances for which the attendees had a chance to join in, fuelled by food specially developed for the occasion by Deveron Projects' artist chef in residence, Kawther Luay.
Period22 Sept 2024
Event typeConference
LocationHuntly, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational