HOW CALM THE WILD WATER: FIONA HUTCHISON
An Tobar The Tobermory Arts Centre Argyll Terrace, Tobermory, Isle of Mull 01688 302211 www.antobar.co.uk November 5-31
This substantial exhibition of textile artist Fiona Hutchison's work fruitfully explores her fascination with the sea in a show of works inspired by its surfaces, from currents to maelstroms and whirlpools. Hutchison works in both woven and stitched textiles, creating large and small scale works in infinite shades of blue. About a decade ago, Hutchison, a life-long sailor, began experimenting with tracing paper, drawn by its translucent yet notquite-see-through qualities. She made more thorough investigations into the material during a recent residency in Norway, working paper that had been variously dyed and painted into tapestries, observing how it disintegrated “rather nicely” when stitched, and using it as the basis for more three-dimensional sculptural works. Her An Tobar exhibition sees the fruition of this period of work, and will include pieces from the past four years alongside new work – including the titular How Calm the Wild Water, made specifically for An Tobar. Kinnaird creates engraved glass soldiers, a reflection on the experience of war; Peter Chang's recycled plastic jewellery mines pop culture and the natural world to create otherworldly pieces whereas Dorothy Hogg's “Artery” works created during her V&A residency in 2008 are a rather more minimal take on natural inspiration. Deirdre Nelson exhibits new work since her Edinburgh International Festival showing as part of Heirlooms this summer, and Grainne Morton shows more of her delightful, eccentric jewellery. In Dovecot's other space, All Tied Up brings together contemporary weavers in a selling exhibition of scarves from makers drawn from many different countries.