An interview with

Dalia James

Dalia James is an artist, a producer of fine textiles with an irrepressible love of colour. She is also a Belvedere wearer.

We asked her some questions about her weaving and warp and weft and spectacles and everything in between.

Cubitts: What word would people use to describe you?
Dalia: Creative? Pedantic?

C: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
D: Organised, colour-obsessed (it counts OK!) and inquisitive.

C: What is the most beautiful thing in the world?
D: Colour.

C: Why do you make textile art?
D: I don't like the term textile art, it sounds like it is a lesser discipline than the 'traditional' ones. I create art because I can, I just happen to use a loom to create rather than a paint brush or a chisel.  I come from a creative family and my mother named me after Salvador Dali so perhaps it's fate.

C: Tell me a story about yourself in 10 words or less.
D: My twin and I once switched places at school.

C: What do you want to be when you grow up?
D: What did I want to be?  A historian. What do I want to be?  I think I'm pretty grown up but I'd say... not poor.

C: What three words would you use to describe your spectacles?
D: Supa Dupa Fly.

C: ‘My spectacles make me feel…’
D: OLD, my eyesight isn't what it was. I joke, they make me feel like a professional.

Explore Dalia's obsessions and objects and inquisitive spirit in her artwork, here.