New weaving from Fiona Rutherford
Design Event 09 is on in Newcastle. One of the most interesting shows is on at Sage, Gateshead. Design Exchange is a showcase of collaborative artwork made by 4 pairs of French and English designers and is curated by Charlie Arnold. The French artists come from St Etienne and the North east artists are Designed and Made members Nick James, furniture; Fiona Rutherford, tapestry; Joanne Mitchell, glass and Fiona Thonpson, ceramics.
I particularly liked the collaboration between Fiona Rutherford and furniture designer Philippe Moine. Fiona was inspired by the local ribbon weaving industry in St. Etienne.
The project blog is at http://designexchange.wordpress.com. The web site is at www.tendegrees.org.uk. Fiona's colourful website is at www.rutherfordtextileart.com.