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!


The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the must-have embroidered art book by Mr X Stitch !

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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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