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Interview with DHG

It was a pleasure to be interviewed recently by Annalisa Chelli for DHG, in regards to my felting practice and the the Sea States exhibition. I hope you'll enjoy reading the interview: DHG: FIONA DUTHIE – STORIES AND METAPHORS MADE INTO FELT The Sea States exhibition is open at Spazio DHG- Dyeing House Gallery until May 26, 2017. Sea States Fiona Duthie and Katia Mokeyeva MARCH 24 – MAY 26 Spazio DHG- Dyeing House Gallery Via Mauro Marcello Panconi, 15/17 Prato, Italy

Works in Progress

For my artist in residency I had a very definite plan on what I would create. It was big and bold and very ambitious. All the characteristics I want in a new creative project. But when I arrived at the Booth, this plan had to be set aside for a multitude of reasons.

Northern Isles- Yell

Our next destination was the Island of Yell. This part of our travels was as much about people as place. We met with Shona Skinner at the Shetland Gallery, and Andy Ross at Global Yell, both in Sellafirth. I had recently been introduced, online, to Shona Skinner, artist and owner of the Shetland Gallery in Yell. Shona had just returned to Shetland after teaching at the Grampians Texture event in Hall's Gap, Australia, where I taught last year. It's a small and wonderful world!

Northern Isles- Unst

Last week included a visit to the northern Shetland islands of Yell and Unst, with visiting friend Cinnamon, and my cousin, Carol. Different work pieces aligned to make the full day trip possible. We went straight to Unst, planning to work our way down slowly. Unst is the most northerly inhabited island in the United Kingdom, with only 700 residents, it is rugged and remote. The island feels open, spacious and wild. Good for roaming and thinking.

Jarlshof- Lines and Forms

Arriving in Shetland

Sea States Exhibition and Workshop in Italy

First Felt 2017

First Felt 2016

First Felt…What will your first project be to begin your creative practice in 2016?

On the first day of the year I try to include some small aspect of all the activities and attitudes that I want to bring into the new year.  It’s also a wonderful way to approach the first creative project for the […]

Making Prefelt

Making your own prefelts is so easy- and opens up so many opportunities for playing with colors, fibers and textures. Try using two or three different colors in layers; using wool for one layer and then another fiber like alpaca or angora for the next; or making nuno prefelt with a layer of wool and […]

Sea States

Recently, I heard blue water sailors discussing sea states. I was intrigued by the term and investigated the Beaufort scale. I love the idea of the sea having a recognized state of being. Water movements, air movements and waves in varying degrees of calm and violence. A beautiful and ancient metaphor for our psychological states, […]

SHIFT Exhibition Catalogue

Yesterday saw the close of the SHIFT exhibition in North Vancouver.  The physical show is all packed up and back in our studios today, but all of the work can now be viewed in an exhibition catalogue. The catalogue can be viewed online here, and also purchased as a print softcover book. Here’s a preview….
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Propagation: a SHIFT dress

In the creation of Propagation,  I build up layers of strata using my shadow felting techniques. This layering adds visual depth, emphasized by the dark line crevices. Cracks in our soil that allow for opportunity. Seed forms rise up above the surface, each with their own colour, pattern and potentiality. Repeating, but never the same. […]