I live in Edinburgh where I work from my home based studio and where I also run workshops for small groups. My tapestries play with space and colour to capture moods and connections, the fragments of stories, poems and songs. Weaving with cotton and linen yarns my colour palate moves from the vibrant and playful to the quietly contemplative.
I often weave in strips that bring together seemingly unconnected elements. The edges tapering or uneven. It is the edge or fragment of something else. Selvedges and stitching make reference to the human history held in cloth. I am fascinated by the intimacy between weaving and storytelling.
I have been weaving for over thirty years and during that time I have had the opportunity to travel and exhibit my work across the Europe, Australia, Japan and America. My tapestries hang in public collections including the V& A in London, Arts Council England and Elegan Kobe, Japan.
My work can be found at
Contemporary Applied Arts in London https://www.caa.org.uk/ and
Crafts Council Directory https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/maker/fiona-rutherford/
62 Group of Textile Artists http://www.62group.org.uk/