I’ve only been here half my life, a video exhibition by Jessie Growden, channels the artist’s personal experience of growing up in Hawick and explores the town’s former Peter Scott Knitwear mill.
Developed and completed as part of an artist residency with Alchemy Film & Arts, I’ve only been here half my life consists of several video works, two of which capture and document the Peter Scott mill as it was during the summer and winter of 2018. Two other videos interweave present and remembered views of Hawick, including excerpts from the artist’s own teenage diary, with artefacts rescued from the mill – neck labels on the one hand, postcards sent to the factory from Sweden and Norway during the 1960s on the other.
Mapping intensely personal experiences of Hawick to the town’s industrial heritage and position within an international trade, I’ve only been here half my life is part of Once Upon a Time in Hawick, Alchemy’s project exploring the identities, industries and stories of Hawick.
The artist is also creating a book, featuring images of Peter Scott in 2018 as well as essays and writings about the project.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HAWICK
Once Upon a Time in Hawick interrogates the relationship between storytelling, image-making and place to weave threads between the town’s many pasts and potential futures.
From mill-sponsored documentaries to Hawick-made newsreels, from cinematic re-enactments of the Battle of Hornshole to new films inspired by the town’s contemporary landscapes, Once Upon a Time in Hawick builds a case for Hawick as Scotland’s film town.
More information about Once Upon a Time in Hawick can be found here.