Fabric of Spacetime: Jo Hamilton
Artist connects to the fabric of time in new exhibition
Textile artist Jo Hamilton has created a visceral link to the past with the crocheted work in her Fabric of Space Time fibre art exhibition, opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery on 31 October 2018. Scottish Born, Oregon based, Hamilton is one of the world’s leading contemporary crochet artists.
Hamilton references physics concepts in the name of the exhibition: The Fabric of Space Time.She links the process and results of crocheting with the physics concept of time and space.
“Crocheting is an intimate process with long hours spent hand-tying and unravelling thousands of knots to create each work,” Hamilton explains. “The subjects are created from, and contained within, the handmade fabric.
In physics, space and time are fused into a single four-dimensional continuum, often visualised as a net. In crochet, the knots suggest units of time and simultaneously reveal the physical process.”
Hamilton’s grandmother taught her to crochet when she was a child. A portrait of her Gran hangs in the new exhibition. It links the work to the tradition of passing handcraft skills down through generations.
This common, familial and meaningful method of passing down handcrafts creates chains across time, linking us to generations of past and future women. Crochet is universally relatable, according to Hamilton.
“The fibres connect us as humans, both figuratively and literally,” she says. “We are wrapped in blankets when we are born, dressed our whole lives in woven, knitted and crocheted fabrics. We live and die clothed in fibre.”