I’m Lynne, a handweaver since 2016 and formerly an academic scientist in the field of human genetics, now weaving science. Working from my Wasps studio in Aberdeen city on the north east Scottish coast, I explore scientific concepts through data physicalisation (giving physical form to information) and material exploration, developing handwoven textile objects that promote conversations about heritage, connection to place, and identity. While I work with a range of data sources, my main focus is my own family’s connection to the weaving trade in north-east Scotland that stretches over at least seven generations, where I combine ancestry research, genetic data and/or explorations of materiality to consider what it means to “be Scottish” (by birth and/or by choice) in the 21st century.
All pieces are handwoven by me in my “weaving laboratory”. Everything is created using responsibly-sourced materials, whether that’s yarns I process myself, yarns created locally by independent dyers or family-run mills, surplus yarns from large-scale manufacturing or destashing, or materials that support women working in rural communities worldwide.
Every “weaving science” piece I make is small batch or one-of-a-kind. I also sell beginner weaving kits that include leftover yarns from completed projects, and run weaving workshops.
In addition to running my own studio-based practice, I work part-time as project manager for an academic research project exploring genome testing for rare, inherited conditions. This means I keep up-to-date with new advances in genetics and genomics, which feeds into my weaving practice.
I’m also Chair for Applied Arts Scotland (Vice Chair 2018-2021), a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by makers to support the maker community in Scotland. And I develop and deliver practice-based projects, with a focus on spaces for collaboration and creative exploration.