I am a Textile Fine Artist who draws with thread to create unique portraits and landscapes. Since completing my degree in Creative Art where I combined Fine Art (Printmaking) with Textiles, I have continued to develop my interest in textural mark making.
I have been fortunate in having my work exhibited both nationally and internationally.
It is the idea of considered mark making that intrigues me.
Drawing with thread is a continuous process of decision making. Deciding what is required for example, to conjure up a facial feature – exactly where the needle enters and exits the fabric, the type of thread, the length of each stitch, the number of stitches needed to suggest a smile or capture an emotional nuance.
Each executed mark, however small, is a decision made.
I combine hand stitching with machine stitching (using my trusty old Bernina domestic sewing machine). Colour is hand printed onto the stitched drawing, using a limited palette of dysperse dyes.
It is a process that absorbs the hours and I often find myself at 2am wondering where the time went !
If you would like to find out a little more about my work and how I make it please check out recent interviews
Sky Arts Landscape Artist 2018 programme https://vimeo.com/317238847
The Bath Magazine, January 2019
BBC Wiltshire Radio - Afternoon tea with James Thomas - Loose Threads