Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Rosie James

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Welcome to the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge! I’m Mr X Stitch and I’ll be your guide to the best in contemporary embroidery. Each week I’ll showcase someone who is rocking the world of embroidery and textiles.

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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, check out her online gallery here

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Mr X Stitch is a manbroiderer, cross stitch designer and runs www.mrxstitch.com,
the number one contemporary embroidery and needlecraft blog on the planet.

He can often be found hanging out on the Craftster needlecraft boards, at the Phat Quarter on Flickr, or designing patterns for the MrXStitch etsy store.

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