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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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. [...]
One of my big summer projects is an outdoor felt installation created for the juried exhibition LandArt @ ArtCraft. I have been fascinated with Land Art for many years, and allowed the whisperings of a felt installation to roam around in my imagination...When the call for entry for this exhibition came up, I knew exactly [...]
‘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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
All of the exhibition pieces for full(filled) are just about finished. Each work is now getting individual attention each day, making it ready for installation on Tuesday. The exhibition is in quite a small but interesting space. This means there are not many pieces in the show- one very large wall that will cover [...]
The Valhallas- the view from our cabin.... In my book of everything (my special black book that some of you will know!) this year is looking just fantastic, and got off to a wonderful beginning with some quiet personal time in a most beautiful place. The Valhalla Ranges in British Columbia. (I honestly did not [...]
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 [...]
Registration is now open for the four online felting classes I'll be offering in Spring 2015. The Surface Design Online class has gotten bigger every time I've offered it....there is always just one more idea that comes up, related to the materials. Because of this and student feedback from the Fall sessions, I've extended [...]
I have been working in one version of my most perfect place... there are several variations on this... but this is definitely a good one. The Okanagan is beautiful. And home to Canada's best wines, including some amazing reds. I'm staying on the Naramata bench, right on the KVR walking trail, in a vineyard... [...]
Wool fibres can be used like paints, laid out to create surface colour changes, but also combined in layers to build new colors through shadowing. We can also use this simple technique to create a shift or transition in colour progression. It can be easier to imagine how to blend the layers when using [...]
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 [...]
The dates and details are set for a relaxing, revitalizing, energizing fall felting retreat - I am so looking forward to this event! The retreat will run on October 3, 4, 5, 2014, at Meech Lake, Quebec, just outside Ottawa. All of the details are described below...please just contact me if you have any questions. [...]
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 [...]
Migration with Day Tripper and Night Dance in the background The SHIFT exhibition opening was a wonderful night! The show was very well attended by an enthusiastic audience. To open the show, only Barbra Edwards's dramatic paintings were in the exhibition space. Beautiful World and Form Speaks to Form both 54 x 48" oil / [...]
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 [...]