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Fiona Rutherford

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I work from my home based studio in Edinburgh. Since setting up my practice in 1991 I have made tapestries for private and public commissions and I have regularly exhibited in the UK as well as Europe, Japan and Australia.

My work is held in public collections that include the V&A Museum, London, Arts Council England and Elegan Kobe, Japan.

My tapestries are about the emotional impact of colour, creating an immediate sense of energy through a vivid but limited colour palate. I am fascinated by the intimacy of weaving and storytelling, bringing together the past and present to create something new and still unfolding.

Highly narrative, my work references people, music words and events that are woven into the fabric. The imagery is a careful balance of patterns, symbols and mark making.

Japanese art and textiles have been a major influence on my work over the past decade and in particular the visual aesthetics of space. Woven strips, based on the obi or kimono sash, became a vehicle for randomly connected imagery suggesting the border of a larger unseen design. These strips could be hung vertically or horizontally in different locations to create a completely different
visual effect. I like to see my work as something constantly evolving into new areas.
EDUCATION
1971-74 University of Newcastle upon Tyne

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016 'Here and Now'. International Tapestry. NCCD.
2015 'New Year Showcase'. Contemporary Applied Arts. London.
2013 'Small Talk'. The 62 Group. Goldsmiths University. London.
2012 'Ori-Rhythm II'. Kyoto Art Center. Kyoto. Japan.
'62@50'. The 62 Group. Holden Gallery. Manchester.
2011 COLLECT. Saatchi Gallery, London.Flow Gallery.
2010 SOFA New York. (Represented by CAA Gallery, London)
'Bending More Lines'. The 62 Group. Rijswijk Museum. Holland.
2009 '10N/10S' La Cite du Design. St. Etienne. France.
2008 'The Fine Art of Tapestry Weaving'. ANU Canberra.
'Tapestry 08'. Bankfield Museum. Halifax.
'Spectrum'. Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery. London.
2007 COLLECT. International Art at the V&A. London.
2006 'The Red Thread'. Solo touring exhibition, Various, UK
Penelope’s Thread. Contemporary Tapestry. V&A. London.
2005 'Meet the British Crafts'. Ozone Design Centre. Tokyo.
'The Art of Craft'. Medici Gallery. London.
2004 'Dialogues'. Joint exhibition. Red Box. Newcastle.
2003 'Focus'. Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery. London.
Disconnected Connections. Art Planning Room, Tokyo
2002 'Textiles in Context'. The 62 Group. V&A. London.
'Anthropomorphic Relationships'. Flow Gallery. London.

AWARDS
2012 Arts Council Travel Award. Japan.
2008 Arts Council/Prospect Travel Award. Australia.
2005 Arts Council Research Award. Japan.
2003 Arts Council Touring Exhibition Award
2002 Northern Arts Mentoring Scheme
2001 Crafts Council British Crafts in Japan
1999 Northern Arts Visual Arts Award
1996 Visual Arts Initiatives

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Contemporary Textiles Collection.
Elegan Kobe. Japan.
Arts Council England. North East.
Paintings in Hospitals.
Land Securities Trust. Haymarket. London.
The Shire Hall Gallery. Stafford

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2014 St. Laurence Church, Cambridge.
2010 Scarborough Hospital. Yorkshire.
2009 West Jesmond Primary School. Newcastle.
2007 Flagg Court Health Care Centre. South Shields.
2004 Dubmire Primary School. Sunderland
2003 South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
2002 James Cook University Hospital. Middlesbrough.
National
Familiar Rhythm
  • Fiona Rutherford
  • Familiar Rhythm
  • Tapestry
Kyoto
  • Fiona Rutherford
  • Kyoto
  • Tapestry
Having a Blast
  • Fiona Rutherford
  • Having a Blast
  • Tapestry
White Light & Tangled up in Blue
  • Fiona Rutherford
  • White Light & Tangled up in Blue
  • Tapestry

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