Jacqueline James FSDC

Woven Textiles

About Jacqueline
Established weaver Jacqueline James specialises in making individually designed hand dyed and woven rugs and wall hangings for distinctive interiors. She especially enjoys collaborating with private collectors, interior designers and architects to create bespoke commissions that perfectly match the colour scheme and design style of any room. Her work is in public and private collections in the UK and USA. Each weaving is exclusively made in Jacqueline’s York studio using British rug wool, cotton and linen. She combines traditional technique with contemporary style. Commissions accepted.
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Early in her career Jacqueline was fortunate to have the opportunity to design and weave several important public textile commissions in major cathedrals in the UK including York Minster, Westminster Abbey and Blackburn Cathedral. This experience helped her gain professional recognition and gave her confidence to continue this sort of collaborative commissioned work to design and make rugs and wall hangings for specific interiors, matching the colour and style.


Throughout her career Jacqueline has been honoured to receive several important grants, bursaries and awards related to her craft of weaving which have all given her wonderful opportunities and positive outcomes. When she was setting up her weaving studio in 1989 Jacqueline was given financial support and lots of good business advice from the Arts Council England (Yorkshire), the Crafts Council and The Prince’s Trust. In 1993, she exhibited at the prestigious Chelsea Crafts Fair.


Jacqueline received the Frink Award of Achievement (Women of the Year Lunch, London) in 1993 which gave her lots of local and national recognition. In 1997, she was the proud recipient of the Winston Churchill Trust Travel Bursary Award which allowed her to travel to the West Coast USA and Canada to attend a major international weaving conference and research the indigenous textile craft traditions.


In 1998, Jacqueline received a Theo Moorman Trust Bursary Award for weavers which enabled her to experiment with different materials and dyes.


She is very proud of these acknowledgements and these experiences have had a positive influence on her creative business.

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Jacqueline attended a B-TEC course at Harrogate College of Art from 1985 to 1988 and focused on learning the skills of rug weaving. She has been running her business from her home studio since 1989 where she makes individually designed hand-woven rugs and wall hangings for exhibition and often collaborates to create bespoke commissions for private collectors, interior designers and architects.


Jacqueline's work is in public and private collections in the UK and USA. Major public commissions include weaving for Westminster Abbey, York Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre.


Each rug is custom made in her York studio using wool or cotton weft and linen warp. She uses a variety of traditional weft face rug weaving and custom dyeing techniques to create work which is both decorative and functional. Constructed as durable floor rugs, their colourful and vibrant style make them suitable as wall panels.


Commissions accepted.

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