HOW CALM THE WILD WATER: FIONA HUTCHI­SON

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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.

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