Photo: Rosie James in Rochester, South East

Rosie James

Artist, Maker, Teacher, Researcher

I take my first point of reference from crowds and large gatherings of people, looking for the detail in the ordinary but also the commonality within the group. Photographs are used to still movement and to reveal details, these photographs are then used to create drawings. I sew these drawings onto fabric using a sewing machine. I use transparent fabric and I leave loose threads, thus revealing and celebrating the process of sewing. Transparent cloth alllows me to layer the drawings on top of each other and so to build up a crowd which allows us to see through it. My work also includes screen printed buildings, windows, roofs and skylines. These elements create a sense of atmosphere and build links between the people and their location. The black line of the thread is a seductive one, raised from the surface it is tactile and sightly fuzzy at the edges, velvety. This is one of the things that draws me to the sewing machine rather than the pencil. read full statement

Location Rochester, South East
Activities Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Book Works, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Textiles
Tags Embroidery, Stitched, Thread, Fibre, Sewing, Fabric, Figures, Screenprinted, Line, Hanging

News & Events

  • Draw:stitch 3 at Minster

    Minster Abbey, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

    Drawing and Stitching with Rosie James and Marcia Teusink at Minster Abbey on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent

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  • Draw:Stitch 2 at Grain

    Grain : meet at the Library/Chapel

    A workshop in drawing and stitching with Rosie James and Marcia Teusink in the beautiful landscape of the Isle of Grain in Kent.

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  • Draw:Stitch workshops

    Sheerness Blue Town, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

    A workshop run with artist Marcia Teusink at Blue Town, Sheerness in Kent. We will be drawing from the ruins of the old Dockyard Church at sheerness, and then interpreting our drawings in stitch.

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  • New Book "Stitch Draw"

    Stitch Draw by Rosie James is a book about drawing and stitching. It features the work of various textile artists with a focus on those exploring illustrative drawing with the sewing machine.

  • Art Textiles Made in Britain

    07/08/2014 – 10/08/2014
    Festival of Quilts, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK

    A new group of textile artists showing work at the Festival of Quilts. We will be showing work which explores ideas about Identity.

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  • Fabrika

    04/07/2014 – 25/07/2014
    POP Gallery Chatham, Kent, UK

    A group show which brings together artists working in vintage fashion, make do and mend, stitched textiles, threads and paper. All with a textile threads fabricated connection.

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  • Digital Encounters

    20/06/2014 – 24/07/2014
    UCA Canterbury, New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent. UK

    This is the final exhibition in the Crysalis Moving Textiles series. Showcasing the work of 40 artists exploring the place of digital technology in contemporary textile practice.

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