Fiona Rutherford, Textile Artist

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Find the Ways

March 29, 2017

I’ve just completed the tapestry that I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. Here is a bit of it below.


When I’m weaving in my studio I listen to a lot of music – all sorts of music. I am almost trying to find the the sound of the imagery I’m creating. This tapestry is abstract and full of disconnected space and I realised that I am looking for connections in the work. There is so much uncertainty and discord around us that when I heard the beautifully simple song “Find the Ways” I found the title of my tapestry and it became my theme tune.

Today the UK will start the process for leaving the European Community. It is not the road I want us to take and it fills me with despair. We can only keep trying to stop alienating ourselves and “Find the Ways”.


Deep Breath

January 17, 2017

Deep breath for 2017!

I’m waiting for a yarn order to arrive so I can start work. Randomly trailing the internet I found this image and it just says it all in wonderful colour. Happy New Year!


New 62 Group website

December 13, 2016

The new 62 Group website is now live and full of information on the membership and exhibitions
I am so pleased to have been a member of this brilliant artist led group for twenty years now. Selection for exhibitions is never guaranteed so I have never been able to assume my work is good enough and that is the strength of The 62 Group.
This is my page
The images below are from the most recent exhibition Making Space.




The Art of Tapestry Workshop

October 12, 2016


I had a great day on Saturday running a tapestry workshop at Selvedge magazine’s lovely shop on Archway Road in north London. Everyone was very absorbed in their work work and one person even carried on weaving going home on the Tube. That’s a first!

Thank you to all who came along and a special thank you to Polly and Jess for looking after us all so well.

“Here and Now” Opening weekend

October 5, 2016

All my trepidation was blown away by this beautifully and excitingly imagined exhibition put together by curator Professor Lesley Millar and Bryony Windsor the Head of Exhibitions at NCCD.

It was great to meet up with some of the other artists and especially meet the Japanese visitors again. The last time I saw them was in Kyoto too long ago now. So here are some photos from the weekend.


Yasuko Fujino discussing her beautiful tapestry “In the garden” with Lesley Millar.


Ai Ito one of the young Japanese artists with her dynamic work “Baltic Travel Diary”.


My tapestry in the distance on a black wall that really lifted the colours..


Lesley Millar centre with Kristin Saedertal in red in front of her tapestry “New Territory”.


Valerie Kirk’s thoughtful tapestry “Floating Fossil” and below the anarchic work “We don’t know what the little bird sings” of Norwegian Tonje Hoydahl Sorli