James Anderson was born in South Bend, Indiana. He worked and lived in northern Indiana all his life, but he and his wife felt that the winter weather in that part of the country would be much too severe after they retired. Their search for more moderate climates brought them to Berea. His wife is a quilter and likes art and craft and James enjoyed the hilly countryside. They moved to Berea in 2011.
Looking for something to do in retirement, James began weaving in 2001. He had experimented with woodworking and stained glass, but didn't like the mess those made and the dedicated work areas they required. James bought a loom and with the help of books and VHS tapes, taught himself to weave.
James weaves with an 8-shaft floor loom in his Berea home. He likes to experiment with different colors, textures, and patterns. All of his towels, dish cloths, table mats and runners have been tested and proven in his home and the homes of his friends and relatives.
James Anderson's work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.