The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Rosie James

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Rosie James is a textile artist from Rochester, England. She captures human nature using machine and hand embroidery.
Rosie describes her pieces as stitched paintings, and the subjects of her paintings tend to be visitors of places – museums, train stations, supermarkets…
Rosie has a terrific eye for detail and her technical skill in recreating human behaviour in stitched form is remarkable, catching snapshots of people on the move, and minding their own business.
Her pieces are large, often over a metre in length, and combined different textiles with the stitching to create depth and interest. She leaves messages and hints about the subjects of pieces throughout her work, allowing you to uncover more narrative as you explore.
I’ve seen the piece above for real, and you have to take your time to take it all in. It’s great work to look at and reflects a true affection for human nature.
As well creating these fantastic works, Rosie is heavily involved in teaching textiles and is one of the artists in residence at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. If you are interested in seeing some of Rosie’s work, UCA Farnham have  an exhibition running from 15th to 21st May featuring the work of all their AIRs. Rosie will be featuring some new works that move away from crowds into a different space – you’ll have to go to the show to see what I’m talking about!


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11 thoughts on “The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Rosie James

  • Cross stitch ninja

    29 April 2010 at 10:48 am

    That is breathtaking. I wish I could go to the show and see it for real.

  • Boo! Rosie lives in the town next to me and I really wanted to go see her work, but I’m out of the country by then. I will just have to enjoy her work online instead!

  • She really can draw with thread exceptionally well.

  • absolutely breathtaking. totally experiencing mixed feelings of awe and envy right now!

  • Bonjour,
    I have just come back from the show in Paris at Bibliothèque Forney, and have discovered Rosie Jame’s work and want to express my admiration. I do love it.

  • I admire her work

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