My Artist Statement
Lorna subverts people’s associations with knitting to engage audiences with challenging issues, such as domestic violence. Her work also the questions the lack of visibility of black knitters. Her MA dissertation ‘Myth: Black People Don’t Knit – the importance of art and oral histories for documenting the experiences of black knitters’ was awarded a distinction and high commended by the Royal College of Art. Craft and the sharing of skills are integral to her practice.
While studying on her MA, Lorna has developed her talent for filmmaking and performance. She has given us the knitting characters Rapper Lorna H-B and Lady Yarnarella. Her film Knitting ain’t Wack was selected for the Crafts Council’s ‘Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival’ in 2017.
Lorna’s final project ‘Knitting the Blues’ is a promotional music video for Tension Birds. The humorous film explores how a person, suffering from depression and anxiety, is affected by knitting a Tension Bird. The project’s aim is to encourage people to experience the benefits of knitting for well-being.
These creatures help people explore materiality, aid community engagement, provide comfort and relieve stress. She is developing Tension Bird creation workshops and kits.