Hezileki: I have just found you, what are you doing here?
Christine: I’m learning how to make a traditional loom and traditional techniques for weaving cotton… I started to think about this when I saw a loom in the Museum of Scotland which was sent back from Malawi by missionary and explorer, David Livingston in 1871 and shows a technique of weaving exactly like yours.
Blantyre, Malawi, February 2017
Join us for the opening of Common Groin, a exhibition presenting new work by Christine Borland, developing conversations begun on a trip to Malawi earlier this year and others from a previous visit to Zambia in 2014.
Exhibition opening: Friday 7 April, 18.00 | All welcome
Exhibition continues: 8 April – 4 June 2017
Research for the exhibition explored the historical and contemporary links between Scotland and Malawi through a material focus on cotton production and its many uses, both industrial and domestic. Combining traditional and contemporary materials, the artist’s use of thread references mathematical models commissioned by the Science Museum, London in 1872, which influenced the mid-20th Century sculpture of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Image: Good Weaver (still), Christine Borland, 2017