Wed 9 October, 10am - 12.00, 8 Castle St, Huntly
A workshop with Christine Borland as part of her project Flax
Come and chat to the artist and help remove the seeds from the Brander Garden flax harvest, grown as part of Christine Borland’s Flax Project and hear more about the ideas behind it over coffee and Flax cake.
After seeing the artefacts in the former Brander Museum which document Huntly's thriving eighteenth century linen industry, Christine 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 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 growing and processing of this plant, reflecting the alchemical potential that simple seed-sowing can lead directly to production of the finest bed linen, lace or burial shroud.