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The Artist and the Machine

The Artist and The Machine follows the highs and lows of Hastings-based artist Lorna Hamilton-Brown.

Previously referred to as the ‘Banksy of knitting’, Lorna works in many mediums but this film focuses on the power of the stitch to create knitted pieces of art.

Lorna’s work is at times socially charged and poignant but is always meticulously planned and brilliantly executed.

This film explores the person behind the art and why the small coastal town of Hastings where she lives is so important to her creative process.

We are shown how Lorna blends a creative, hands-on craft with the almost OCD, mathematical side of vintage machine knitting to amazing effect.

From crushing self-doubt to flourishing creativity, this is a story everyone can relate to, told through the voice of one the UK’s most unique political artists.

  • Reuben Armstrong
  • Jamie Neale
  • Lorna Hamilton-Brown
  • Jamie Frye
    Music & Sound
  • Joseph Bicknell
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Art, Craft, Biography
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon 5D DSLR
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Reuben Armstrong, Jamie Neale