James Ward has a nemesis that lives in Brockley, South London with curly hair, pizza making skills and a penchant for playing the guitar. He told us in his interview that poverty is what turned him onto crafting. We just hope that once people start buying his insanely creative, humorous pieces that he continues to create in spite of the riches.
I've just turned 30, I am a twin, My favourite desert is sticky toffee pudding. I have a Nemesis that lives in Brockley, south London, he has curly hair, makes pizza and plays the guitar.
What got you started crafting?
Poverty! I am a freelance Illustrator and was struggling to pick up jobs so I thought I would try my arm at Selling Hand Painted Goods and woodcut prints.
What is your source of inspiration?
I just returned form a holiday in Stockholm, Sweden and I was inspired to start drawing on plates, there is a lot of natural history prints on plates and furnishing, I love designers such as tord boontje.
What have you made recently?
I have started making a range of egg cups, with pictures of cows on them, I like the egg cup because I landscape image will wrap around on itself and can be quite humorous.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell at some small craft/designers Markets in London and on Etsy.com
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Two main reasons, I cannot afford anything manufactured, I cannot afford to get anything printed so I love the idea of making cheap items such as blank plates into something a little more valuable. Handmade, each item is completely unique, original pieces of artwork for a reasonable price, I enjoy knowing that someone is in possession of one of my plates.