Welcome to the website of Fiona Robertson.
Although I originally trained in Fine Art, I have a passion for textiles, and use both machine and hand stitching in my work.
Working with stitch changes the way you see your surrounding environment. The world becomes a series of rhythms, line, colour, pattern and texture.
My inspiration comes from all around me. I am constantly struck by the play of light on the landscape. Colours soft and muted by rain, or sharp and exaggerated by the sun - the possibilities for work are endless.
Like so many artists, I am deeply influenced by the beauty of the natural landscape. I paint, photograph and draw woodland, heathland, moors and farmland at different times of the year. Through a series of sketches, I work out my compositions before beginning the dying process for my backgrounds.
Each piece of work is made up from small pieces of hand dyed scrim, hessian, silk fabric and fibres. They are laid out to create an impression of my planned composition. Once this is done, I machine stitch the piece with toned threads to lay down tone and movement.
Only when I am happy with the development of the composition on the machine do I apply the final hand stitching. Each piece of work can take several months to complete.
To view my work, please click the links above for each season. Some of my work is available for purchase; this can be viewed on the 'Available Work' page.