Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer


Dulur: Anna Þóra Karlsdottir

catalogue essay 2019

The Textile Traveller

BrownGrotta Arts catalogue 2019

Navigating Cultural Threads

catalogue essay TexteilMuseum, Tilburg

Seeing Things

catalogue text for Threads

mud cloth

text commissioned by TOAST

Pleasures & Misdemeanours

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Richard Saja’s curatorial strategy for Confabulations of Millennia may best be summed up by the moniker he has used for over a decade: Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts [...]

Textiles, Taxes & Translations

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS catalogue text for Toril Johannessen's Unlearning Optical Illusions ARoS Aarhus Art Gallery, Denmark (2017) Textiles, Taxes and Translations: the changing meaning of Dutch Wax Resist [...]

Gaolbreak: Angela Fulcher

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Gaolbreak: Angela Fulcher catalogue The material of escape has often been modest: hair clips for picking locks; files smuggled in food packages; clothing worn in disguise. This […]

yellow, weaving & rubble

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS yellow, weaving & rubble walls _________________________________ In Norwegian artist Tone Kristin Bjordam’s videos colour unfurls across the screen. Liquid colours are suspended. It is easy to imagine […]

P. Hellsing & Conceptual Fatigue

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Conceptual fatigue has arrived. Practitioners who do not comfortably align themselves with craft as a discipline, or sit more comfortably between material disciplines, are questioning what was […]

Kudzanai Chiurai

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS In this writing I offer a close reading of Kudzanai Chiurai’s recent use of stains, beads and magazine cover mockups. My eclectic selection pays particular attention to […]

Slow Looking

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS The artists in FABRICation are engaged with the significance of slow making by hand as a vital form of knowledge. By addressing how our material world is made, they create objects that require slow looking.

Tapis et Tapisseries D’Artistes catalogue essay

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS "Units of Disruption" catalogue essay for Decorum: Tapis & tapisseries d'artistes published in French by Skira Flammarion (2013: pages 189-193) now available. Catalogue published in French. In […]

Craft and Communication: Still Much to Learn

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Biennale for Crafts and Design, Copenhagen, 2013 In 1942 the Japanese author Uno Chiyo published “The Puppet Maker”. In it Chiyo’s narrator describes how knowledge of a […]

Textile Art: some prickly facts

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS  (commissioned by AxisWeb) image left: Anna Von Mertens A sunrise you might see, not unlike the one I saw today (September 19, 2007 and September 19, 2082) 2008 […]

Mary Lloyd Jones

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales It is easy to assume that humans now know more than they did in the past. To a certain extent this is true. […]

Jon Eric Riis Tapestries

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Jon Eric Riis Tapestries at 108 Contemporary In recent years contemporary textile practice has loosened its firm hold on a number of longstanding values. Materials no longer […]

A Culture of Looking

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS The 7th International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts in Tournai, Belgium and the 2011 Miniartextil exhibition in Como, Italy shared one striking recurring theme: the importance of […]


BY JESSICA HEMMINGS inhale “When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a wood-carver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield […]

Priya Ravish Mehra: Witness to the Invisible

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Over the past eight years Priya Ravish Mehra has worked with the Rafoogars, or darners, of Najibabad, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India to reveal the contribution darning makes […]