Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

 

book review Crafts magazine


Wings of a Ragtag Quest

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Wings of a Ragtag Quest. As so many projects do, Wings of a Ragtag Quest started in one place and ends in another. [...]


Bauhaus Weaving Theory

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press: 2014). The Bauhaus often finds itself name checked in education circles – in […]


Women in Clothes book review

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Sharpton & 639 others (Particular Books: 2014) Over six hundred contributors have shared with editors Sheila Heti, Heidi […]


Textile Visionaries (Laurence King) book review

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS book review in Crafts Magazine November/December 2013 pages 58-59. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design by Bradley Quinn published by Laurence King 2013 Textile Visionaries feels […]


Collaboration through Craft (Bloomsbury)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Book review in Crafts (Sept./Oct. 2013, pp. 69) Collaboration through Craft (Bloomsbury: 2013) Amanda Ravetz, Alice Kettle and Helen Felcey (editors) Collaboration is trendy. Cash is tight, […]


El Anatsui: Art & Life (Prestel)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS El Anatsui: Art and Life (Prestel 2012) by Susan Mullin Vogel Susan Mullin Vogel has spent the better part of five years in dialogue with El Anatsui to […]


New African Fashion (Prestel)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS New African Fashion by Helen Jennings (Prestel: 2011) “The fashion world is increasingly having its ‘African moment’ in this new millennium” observes Iké Udé in his introduction […]


African Textiles Today (British Museum Press)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS African Textiles Today by Chris Spring, The British Museum Press: 2012 “The history of Africa can be read in cloth,” explains Chris Spring’s most recent book on […]


Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke U P)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art Maria Elena Buszek, editor Duke University Press, 2011 Critical writing about craft is a booming area of publication. In 2007 Berg published […]


Sheila Hicks: 50 Years

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Sheila Hicks: 50 Years Addison Gallery of American Art & Yale University Press This is the second publication about the American artist Sheila Hicks to appear in […]


Textile Futures: Fashion, Design & Technology (Berg)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology (Berg, 2010) by Bradley Quinn Bradley Quinn is an author, journalist and independent scholar - rather than an academic. This distinction is […]


String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (U of Minnesota)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS String Felt Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art by Elissa Auther University of Minnesota Press 2010 The 1960s and 1970s are the focus […]


Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge (Laurence King)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge by Bradley Quinn Laurence King Publishing (2009) A fuchsia ribbon keeps the handsome cover of this book closed. It is a detail […]


Contemporary Textiles: the fabric of fine art (Black Dog Publishers)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Contemporary Textiles: the fabric of fine art, Black Dog Publishing, Nadine Monem, editor The “inspiring and evocative work being done today, forever cement[s] textiles’ place at the heart of […]


Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film & Television (Berg)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film, and Television Edited by Peter McNeil, Vicki Karaminas and Catherine Cole Berg Publishers, 2009 “Fashion is the ‘idea,’ […]


Weaving Truth: Essays on Language and the Female in Greek Thought (Harvard U P)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Weaving Truth: Essays on Language and the Female in Greek Thought by A. Bergren published by the Center for Hellenic Studies, distributed by Harvard University Press (2008) “Greek women […]


Handmade Nation: Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design (Princeton Architectural Press)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl Princeton Architectural Press, New York © 2008 Based on a documentary […]


Yinka Shonibare MBE (Prestel)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Yinka Shonibare, MBE Essays by Rachel Kent and Robert Hobbs, interview by Anthony Downey published by Prestel (ISBN 978-3-7913-4123-1) This handsome coffee table book is published to […]


Angaza Africa: African Art Now by Chris Spring

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Angaza Afrika: African Art Now by Chris Spring Angaza Afrika: African Art Now explores contemporary visual culture across the African continent. Perhaps the most forceful message revealed […]