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Deveron Projects

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Christine Borland

Flax

2019 – 2020

A modern woman sees a piece of linen, but the medieval woman saw through it to the flax fields, she smelt the reek of the retting ponds, she felt the hard rasp of the hackling, and she saw the soft sheen of the glossy flax.
Dorothy Hartley
Exploring the past through new growth

Christine Borland (Kilcreggan, Argyll) is an artist who often engages with society’s institutions; of science, healthcare and heritage, to engender accessible, aesthetic relationships with the work of experts. She is currently working with Deveron Projects to develop her flax growing project which has its starting point in the exploration of Huntly's industrial heritage of producing linen.

After seeing the artefacts in the former Brander Museum which document Huntly's thriving eighteenth century linen industry, Christine has embarked on researching this heritage and its subsequent decline in slow time; through the growing, harvesting and processing of the flax plant which for centuries was widespread in the area. Her enquiry takes place alongside a community of interested local growers and craftspeople, led by the Town is the Garden project team. Starting on 5th April, a section of a circular flax planting was seeded every week for 6 weeks in the Brander Garden where it grows as the literal test-bed for this project. A regular series of talks and events to consider and share some of the project's wider themes will take place throughout the growth cycle of the plant, reflecting the alchemical potential that simple seed-sowing can lead directly to production of the finest bed linen, lace or burial shroud.

The artist welcome enquires from those interested in any aspect of flax or linen; please get in touch.