As an environmental art sculpture, Respiration relates to air and light. The soft, wool felt forms stand in relationship with the strong vertical lines of the trees, grasses and plants within the garden. The white felt leaves have delicate surface textures, telling a story of movement; of air currents and rhythm. As the sun moves, the felt leaves are backlit and illuminated, showing their patterns with different intensities, casting shadows and being cast upon by shadows of the surrounding foliage. Air movements catch the leaves, changing their relationship with the light and the viewpoint of the observer. Respiration is constructed in natural, untreated, white wool and bamboo, primarily from local sources.
Fiona Duthie is a feltmaker recognized for her dynamic surface design. She first encountered feltmaking in 1996 and it immediately became her medium and passion. She loves storytelling, both in words and textiles and starts a new piece, thinking first of what story she wants to tell and then makes choices in form, fibre and surface additions to best communicate that narrative.
Fiona has a full-time studio practice based on Salt Spring Island, BC. Her work has been published in many international textile arts publications and she has exhibited her work in Canada, the US, New Zealand and the UK. Fiona is the International Tutor at the Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers Convergence, held in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2015.