Dr Lynne Hocking-Mennie
I am a handweaver and trained scientist whose work sits at the intersection of art/craft and science, creating handwoven objects that turn data into physical objects. My current work takes inspiration from genetics (DNA sequences and ancestry) as well as bioacoustics and climate change. I have undertaken two residencies around data-inspired design/creation as part of the British Council's Crafting Futures programme. I am also the practitioner lead for an academic project on data-inspired collaborative co-design, "Aural Textiles/Distributed Capabilities".
I learned to weave on a backstrap loom while travelling with my children in Thailand in 2016. After taking more weaving courses in Scotland, I now have my own studio in Aberdeen city centre where I work with multi-shaft floor and table looms. I create objects for exhibitions & commissions, and also teach weaving workshops.
My practice has a strong focus on environmental sustainability, and I work mainly with natural and/or upcycled/found materials, including fleece from my local rare breed farm, aiming for minimal waste.
As well as creating my own work and teaching, I also support creative, multi-disciplinary collaborations through academic research projects and my work as board member for Applied Arts Scotland. I present this work regularly at conferences and other forums.