James won the coveted Outside In Award for his work featured in the 2016 Craftspace exhibition Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making. His prize is this solo show at Pallant House Gallery.
James is a textile artist who creates his work at Barrington Farm in Norfolk. This exhibition of his embroideries depicts mermaids, masks, mushrooms and other images drawn from James’ dreams.
James’ delicately stitched artwork Foreign Birds features in Outside In’s exhibition Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, which continues its national tour until November 2017. At the preview of Radical Craft, renowned Outsider Artist Marie-Rose Lortet selected James to be the Outside In Award Winner for 2016. Lortet said of her selection:
“I chose James Gladwell because of my sensitivity to, and my knowledge of threads. In Foreign Birds I see the air [space] in between, and it feels as if you are gliding over the world. I believe the artist searches for serenity and calm through his work.”
James draws directly onto found pieces of fabric, before stitching over the intricate designs with colourful cotton threads. His drawings express whatever is of interest to him at the time; memories, dreams, television shows or the world around him. Stitching is something that is portable, relaxing and satisfies his need to create.
There are more details on the Pallant House website.
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