Fiona Rutherford, Textile Artist

Promoting Unity Through Diversity

 

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What I love about the area I live in is its diversity. What was an abandoned church built in the classic Greek style and sitting in between the Victorian Primary school building and the local boxing club has been turned in to the Hindu Mandir Cultural Centre.

These photos are from the opening day. Attracted by all the colour and lovely sari clad women I asked what was happening and was welcomed inside.

As my early childhood was spent in India in the tea plantations of Assam, my first language was Hindi as well English. The Scots were majorly influential in establishing the tea estates during the days of the British Empire. So imagine my delight to talk to Hermann Rodrigues who was fascinated by this Indian/Scottish connection and is researching stories in his BroonXScots website www.broonscots.com

The colour has come back in to my work again.