Lorna Hamilton-Brown describes herself as a knitting evangelist. She strives to make work that is accessible to people outside of the gallery context. She combines her skills as an artist, researcher, educator, knitwear designer, performer and filmmaker to make social comment. Her work is always issue-based. She subverts people’s associations with knitting to engage audiences with challenging issues, such as domestic violence and mental health.
Lorna was born in London in 1958 to Jamaican parents. She left school with no formal qualifications. After raising a family she returned to education in her 40’s to gain a 1st Class Hons degree in Digital Multimedia from De Montfort University, Leicester. In 2018 she completed a Masters degree in Knitted Textile at the Royal College of Art, London. 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 highly commended. Lorna is one of the leading academics writing about the history of black knitters and is a Patron of the Knitting and Crochet Guild.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is an advocate of the therapeutic benefits of knitting, and is currently engaged in a community art-knitting project with Kew Gardens. She has previously run knitting for wellbeing workshops for: The Royal Opera House, The Craft Council, The Institute of Making, UCL and De La Warr Pavilion.
Lorna will give a lunchtime talk on her background and her work on Tuesday the 18th Feb 2020 at 12.30pm in room M55.