Image & stitch is a collaboration between Adrian James, a photographer, and Allison James, a textile artist. Living in the Peak District, both of us gain inspiration from the landscape that surrounds us, but our work also draws on our travels in other parts of the world. Colour, texture and shape are strong motivations in our individual work and come together in the visual conversations that this project represents: a photograph inspires a textile piece which is then photographed and a new textile work generated. Conversely, a quilt inspires a photograph and so on. Examples of this continual interplay can be seen in the gallery.
We also undertake commissions for other projects. We can be contacted via this website (Contact page). You can also find us on Instagram – imageandstitch.
Adrian’s interests as a photographer span both urban and natural landscapes and he also has particular interests in portraiture, both human and animal, and photography as art. One of his recent photographs has been used for the the book cover of The Craft of Knowledge (2014) published by Palgrave Macmillan and another features on the cover of a book of poetry by Jenny Hockey, Going to Bed with the Moon, Overstep books (2019) (https://www.jennyhockeypoetry.co.uk). Adrian is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.
In her textile work, Allison draws on a mix of techniques that include: hand and machine embroidery, felting and embellishing and hand and machine quilting. She uses these techniques in different combinations, as she responds to the image and atmosphere of each new photograph. Her work has appeared in the following exhibitions: Follow the Thread (2017); the international touring exhibition curated by Dionne Swift, Collective Stitches (2019); The Devonshires: their history and their house, (2019); Material Matters (2019). Allison a member of Art Through Textiles, The Quilters Guild of the British Isles, the Studio Art Quilts Associates and the Modern Quilt Guild.
In addition to this collaboration each of us works independently and these other artworks can be viewed on our individual pages on this site – Allison’s work appears on “Stitches” and Adrian’s work on “Images”.