Fiona R. Hutchison’s Statement
Sea, Sailing and Tapestry weaving are the passions in my life and combined to create my visual expression. In Scotland I am never more than 50 miles form the sea and it has a powerful influence in my life. My current work is inspired by the surface of the sea: currents, tides, whirlpools and maelstrom, the powerful ebb and flow of water. The work is not a literal translation or a representation of the sea but something remembered. Images and ideas are mostly developed from my own experience but also backed up by research, often being inspired by poetry and the writings of other seafarers. For some it can be very beautiful and bring great pleasure but for others destructive and deadly. It is this duality that fascinates me.
Recent work explores the 3D qualities that can be achieved with the manipulation tapestry weave. Images are first created as small paintings or drawings, before being translated to tapestry. Some will be small and precious miniature tapestries, others with strong bold marks will be woven at a larger scale (2 or 3m). I weave on a high warp loom using mostly natural materials in the Gobelin Tapestry Technique.
Fiona R. Hutchison’s Biography
After studying tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art I continued to develop my career as a tapestry artist, dividing my time between, designing and creating my own work, teaching and working to commission. In 1985, I set up the Buckhaven Tapestry Studio (a work experience project for long term unemployed adults) which led me to working in adult education. I currently teach Tapestry and Stitched Textiles for the Short Courses department of Edinburgh University as well as delivering studio workshops for beginners and advances students.
Passionate about the promotion of contemporary tapestry I am founder member of the European Tapestry Forum and STAR (Scottish Tapestry Artists regrouped). I continue to develop my own practice through participating in international residences and symposiums, traveling to in Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Russia, Norway and Poland to network with other tapestry and textile artists. Exhibiting in many of the major textile exhibitions: Artapestry 3, Europe. Lodz Tapestry Triennial, Poland. Sofia International Paper Art, Bulgaria. 7th ATA Biennial, USA. and at the 5th Cheongju Biennial, South Korea.