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SHIFT travels to Vancouver

‘SHIFT’ includes oil paintings by visual artist Barbra Edwards and sculptural feltmaking by fibre artist Fiona Duthie. Both artists use local, natural materials and subject matter in their work with a focus on texture, layers, and colour relationships. Although the artists feel a deep artistic connection, their works are produced autonomously in their respective studios [...]

Peaks & Valleys :: Surface Design Online Exhibition

This is a very special project. The first online exhibition of the Surface Design Online Challenge. The Surface Design Online program is all about experimentation and pushing yourself further into techniques, whether they are new to you, or familiar friends.  I created this challenge and exhibition to continue this exploration with participants from the previous [...]

On Being a Student….

 To close off my teaching season, I decided to give myself a creative gift, and become a student for a weekend. It was such a refreshing and informative time.  Even outside of learning new skills under the extremely talented ceramicist, Julie MacKinnon.   The workshop was held on the my first weekend back after teaching at [...]

Terra Textures-Surface Design in Felt Workshops

 Katia Mokeyeva and I are absolutely delighted to announce a workshop series to be offered this April at the Okanagan School of the Arts in Penticton, BC.  The idea is to create a mix and match workshop combination where students can chose an assortment of classes, learn very different felting styles from two enthusiastic, supportive [...]

Hegira: A SHIFT dress

  Hegira He·gi·ra hiˈjīrə,ˈhejərə/ : any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.  Usually an exodus or migration.  C16: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah: emigration or flight This is the sisterdress to Migration.  I wanted to take the wishbone sculptural elements and use them in larger, more transparent forms.  An individual [...]

Rift : A SHIFT dress

  The layouts in this series of dress sculptures were so complex. There were often multiple layers of resists, or else multiple layers of patterning. The designs had to be thought through in that reverse thinking way required when working with resists, and also with transparencies, opacities, and inclusions.  My brain was burning with keeping [...]

The Last Dress

Yesterday I finished the last piece for my exhibition...a little background for you, written as I worked.    Here I am....on the day of the photo shoot of my most recent work. One day before the installation, and two days before the big opening and fashion show. And I'm taking a slow day to finish [...]

SHIFT : exploring layers of perception

SHIFT : exploring layers of perspective July 11- August 1 10:00am-5:00pm ArtCraft Gallery, 114 Rainbow Road Salt Spring Island A joint exhibition of work by Barbra Edwards, visual artist, and Fiona Duthie, fibre artist, at Salt Spring Island's ArtCraft Gallery. Fiona's work in this exhibition features new sculptural felt garments that use geological surfaces created [...]

Craft Guild of Dallas

I left on a great fiber adventure this week... I've been traveling in the United States, completely immersed in felt making and fiber art. First stop was the beautiful Craft Guild of Dallas. It is an amazing facility, with purpose built and architecturally designed studios for many mediums.  I gave an artist lecture to a small but very [...]

Surface Design Online: Spring Session

Registration for my Surface Design Online- Spring Session is now open! The class will start on April 5th and run until May 17th.  All of the workshop information is available on my website: http://www.fionaduthie.com/surface-design-in-feltmaking-online-workshop/ I'm holding a little draw to thank everyone for their enthusiastic support of this new class. There will be two opportunities [...]

Almost Home….

   I feel as though I'm at the end of a long trip, and as wonderful as the experience has been and as much as I am loving every minute of it, I'm starting to look forward to being home, with friends and family. In this case, home is here, and I am missing you! [...]

One More….

How could I miss Claudy Jongstra! CLaudy Jongstra from De Ketelfactory on Vimeo. Just listen to her passion for her process....local wools, natural dyes, scale, aesthetic....oooo.really.stunning. She was not in my mind over the new year, but has been an inspiration to me for years now. Everything about what she makes, how she makes it, [...]

Felt Fashion-2013

This is a bit of a catch up post...Some work from 2013 I didn't share here.  Facebook friends will have seen these images, but I missed writing about them here in the midst of the busy-ness that was Fall.  These pieces and the photographs were an important part of my creative evolution through 2013.  Moving [...]

Felt Consulting

 I've been having some fun this last week/weekend doing some felt consultancy work for Pollika. Pollika are a fibre company based in Vancouver who are the North American distributors for many European brands, including De Witte Engel and Painters Threads. I've been working with them to develop felting kits for beginners....kits for yarn shops that [...]