Fiona Rutherford, Textile Artist

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Happy 2015

January 5, 2015

 

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It’s been two weeks of festivities and a house full of family. Now it’s time to get back into the studio and my space again.

Wishing all good things to all for 2015!

 


Studio photo shoot for Selvedge

November 28, 2014

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Alun Callender spent the day yesterday taking some lovely shots of my studio for a feature on my work in the next issue of Selvedge magazine. He works using only natural light and in spite of the very grey sky outside brought to life all the colour in my work.

This is my very unprofessional shot of him at work. Check out his website aluncallender.com


Selvedge Winter Fair

October 29, 2014

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I’m off to London tomorrow and amongst other things I’m looking forward to visiting the Selvedge Winter Fair at Chelsea Town Hall.

I’m delighted to be part of Selvedge’s summer workshops for 2015 at the lovely Chateau Dumas in France where I will be running a week long tapestry workshop.

For more details visit http://www.chateaudumas.net/workshop/45/ or keep in touch at my Facebook page.

 


St Laurence Church Tapestry Commission

August 15, 2014

It was a year ago that I was asked if I would be interested in making a tapestry for St Laurence Church in Cambridge. I was interested but uncertain about my how I would approach a religious setting and in particular an area as sensitive as either side of the cross. The two tone background colour of the wall was also very challenging.

After months of discussion with church members and clergy a design was agreed and I started work in February and last weekend the tapestry was installed and blessed at Mass on Sunday 10th. I was surprised, as someone now outside the church but brought up in the Protestant faith, by how moved I was by seeing my work as a living thing at the very heart of a church community. The service was open and joyful with all nationalities and ages in the congregation.

I am my harshest critic but the tapestry came to life as I had intended on the wall. I had only seen the weaving close up for months and was working on an effect that needed to have an impact from a distance without dominating the cross.I didn’t know for certain how it would look until it was installed. A very nervous experience. I went to the Pub afterwards for a drink!

Thank you to my good hosts Joe and Petra Tucker and Father Pat for their support.

 


Edinburgh 2014

February 12, 2014

 

This photo sums up my life for the past few months. But “normal” life is beginning to be resumed and I am now happily a resident of Leith in Edinburgh.

I have a studio room overlooking Leith Links. Still a bit chaotic but getting there. I’m hoping to get a studio space in town in the not too distant future and use this room for drawing, designing and looking out of the window….as you do.

The scaffolding frame is now up and waiting to start work on a tapestry commission for St Laurence Church in Cambridge. I’ve never worked on ecclesiastical art work before – an interesting experience! More later when the dust has settled.