MAY 2017 – FIONA HUTCHISON

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MAY 2017 – FIONA HUTCHISON

“Tide”

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.

 

Exhibitions

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.

Awards

Arts Council, England

Theo Moorman Trust

Hope Scott Trust

Hartlebury Foundation,

Edinburgh Visual Arts & Craft Award

Sasakawa Foundation

Daiwa Foundation

Creative Scotland

Incorporation of Weavers

 

Commissions & Collections

Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Edinburgh University, Dept Neurology

Masons, London

Edinburgh City Council, City Art Centre

McGraw Hill & Co, London

Scottish Institute of Sport, Stirling

Monklands & Bellslhill Hospital

Peterhead Hospital

Perth Royal Infirmary

Private collections in USA, Norway and UK

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