ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MAY 2017 – FIONA HUTCHISON
The subject is the Sea, materials and medium are textile.
As an artist and teacher working predominantly, but not exclusively in Gobeiln tapestry, content is paramount in the development of my work. I aim to create a dialogue between the subject, materials and the viewer. While traditional techniques and craftsmanship are important it is the idea, the vision and my hand that defines the work.
Growing up in the city, but by the waters edge, the sea is enormously important in my life. My aim is not to create a representation of the seas and oceans but something experienced, a deeply felt personal connection. It is as much a self portrait as it is a reflection on the sea.
“Tide” is part of a new collection of work that challenges me to explore the structure of tapestry and how it can be manipulated to represent my ideas: the ebb and flow of the tide, the oceans currents, whirlpools and maelstroms. These powerful bodies of water, that are constantly moving, constantly changing can be dangerous and unpredictable places, a possible metaphor for our current, political, cultural and ecological future. We must navigate with care.
2016 Hear & Now. Contemporary Tapestry, NCCD Sleford. England
2014 Uncharted Water (Solo Exhibition) Burghhall Gallery, Linlithgow
2013 International Paper Art, Sofia, Bulgaria. Artapestry3, (European tour)
2011 Fountain Gallery, Piestany, Slovakia. International Paper Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2008 Across Boundaries, Soul, South Korea. 7th Biennial of American Tapestry, USA
2007 5th Cheongju Biennial, South Korea. 12th International Textiles Triennial, Poland
2006 Sense of Identity, Itami, Japan.
Arts Council, England
Theo Moorman Trust
Hope Scott Trust
Edinburgh Visual Arts & Craft Award
Incorporation of Weavers
Commissions & Collections
Broughton High School, Edinburgh
Edinburgh University, Dept Neurology
Edinburgh City Council, City Art Centre
McGraw Hill & Co, London
Scottish Institute of Sport, Stirling
Monklands & Bellslhill Hospital
Perth Royal Infirmary
Private collections in USA, Norway and UK