One of the roles of felt :: feutre canada is to create educational opportunities to encourage high standards in feltmaking, both artistically and technically. This is something I strongly believe in supporting in my practice, and as president of felt :: feutre canada. To further this goal, I am awarding 3 scholarships for online workshops to [...]
The creative pace feels full but grounded, strong and well nourished! I'm really looking forward to three full seasons at home in the studio, working with everyone in the online classes coming up! Registration is now open for all of the classes starting in September. All of the details can be found on my online workshop page, or by clicking on the images.
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
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.
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!
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.
The sun was shining some of the time today, so I travelled down to the southern tip of the island to visit Jarlshof. I have come here on every trip to Shetland, and am awed everytime. The history and evolving shapes and forms are captivating. There is now an excellent visitor centre and interpretive [...]
For the month of April, I am artist in residence at the Booth in Scalloway in Shetland. The building was constructed by the Scalloway Waterfront Trust in 2001 on the site of the oldest building in the village. It consists of a combined 'clean' working area and living space which is located on the [...]
I am very excited to be heading to Italy next month for the opening of the Sea States exhibition, a collaborative exhibition between Katia Mokeyeva and myself. This exhibition was last shown at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle, Australia in March 2016. Both Katia and I have sold many of the pieces from that first [...]
First Felt...What will your first project be to begin your creative practice in 2017? My first felt for 2017 includes several elements that I love....it is a project with hidden messages, it is an exploration of an idea, it incorporates different fibre arts techniques and invites open ended thinking, and it is a gift [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.... [...]
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. [...]