About James RESTORE. Storey Institute. Main Gallery. Lancaster.2018. MUIR TRUST residency solo exhibition. Bucks County Museum. 100 HEARTS. Embroiderers Guild. Guest artist on touring group show. SEW WHAT. Dukes gallery. Lancaster. Solo exhibition.2017. AA2A Group exhibition. UCLan Preston.2016. CONTEXTILE. International group exhibition. Porto. Portugal. EUROPEAN PATCHWORK. International group exhibition. France. RIGA INTERNATIONAL. Group exhibition. Riga. Latvia.2015. FABRIC OF SOCIETY. People’s History Museum. Manchester. solo exhibition. STITCH THIS. Storey Institute. Lancaster. Solo exhibition.2014. DIGITAL ENCOUNTERS. Univ. for the Creative Arts. Canterbury. HANGING BY A THREAD. Sunbury walled garden gallery. London.2013. EUROPEAN QUILT TRIENNIAL. Hiedelberg, Germany.2012. Commission BUCKINGHAM COUNTY MUSEUM. 2017. THE HARRIS MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY. Preston. Artist in Residence.2016. KETTLE CHIPS. Xmas promotion.2014. Publication: Embroidery Magazine. Cover image and feature article. May/June. 2019. Insight. Sotheby international. 2017. TEXTILES. The Art of Mankind. Mary Schoeser. Thames & Hudson.2012 Awards MUIR TRUST ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARD. .2017. TEXTILE SOCIETY Professional development award winner. 2014. My work strives to convey ideas and questions about our expectations regarding gender roles, work, culture and other aspects of our social and personal lives. Using machine embroidery and reverse appliqué techniques, I seek to juxtapose pattern with theme in an incongruous and sometimes ironic manner to highlight how our expectations of life have adapted in a changing world. My personal background and experience pervades the work; my training in the contrasting fields of engineering, time spent in a variety of work, periods of art practice and in the role of carer for my own children and a curiosity in observing the political and economic shifts over the past thirty years from Thatcher to the current credit crunch. My work sets out to present the adaptation we have had to perfect in order to take our place in the 21st century, men being more active in parenting, juggling the work/ life balance, the pressure of a consumerist, aspirational culture, the necessity of changing our expectations of working life and the increasing presence of crime in the media and entertainment. The choice of fabric and colour will be governed by a desire to provide contrasts between what we anticipate and the reality in which we find ourselves. Using materials found and given will enhance the sense of having to continually alter and adapt these expectations. In conclusion, my work will use textiles and fabric techniques to illustrate the contrasts and adaptations of our ever changing society and to provide visual stimulus for discussion of the need to change and develop our expectations.