Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer


Hildur Bjarnadottir

article published with Norwegian Crafts (2018)

mud cloth

text commissioned by TOAST

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. [...]

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 [...]

Double Dutch

Selvedge Magazine issue 78 (2017)

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 [...]

Jessica Ogden: Still

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS To reach Jessica Ogden: Still, you have to push past market stalls of textiles and fish in north London’s busy Church Street. The context, curator Carol Tulloch explains, was an important component of Ogden’s support [...]

Christien Meindertsma

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is something of a sleuth. “I work like a journalist,” explains the Rotterdam-based designer who has become well known for projects that record the traceability [...]


BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Kimsooja Korean born, New York and Paris-based, artist Kimsooja first began working with textiles in 1983 when she started to sew using her late grandmother’s clothing. Today […]

Out of Hand (Sydney) review

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Out of Hand: Materializing the Digital 3 September 2016 – 18 June 2017 Powerhouse Museum/Museum of Applied Arts & Science (MAAS) Sydney, Australia "Out of Hand Materializing […]

Louise Bourgeois (Denmark)

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS The entrance to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is through what looks to be a house. But it is a mistake to think, as I did, that is the full scale of the museum [...]

Liza Lou

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS The glass beads American artist Liza Lou has worked with since the 1990s have been deployed in incredible feats of personal discipline and attention to detail [...]

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 […]

Christian Thompson review

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Christian Thompson Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Sydney, Australia 23 October – 12 December 2015 Located amongst the rows of terraced Victorian homes in the jacaranda-lined streets of […]

Unlearning Optical Illusions

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Unlearning Optical Illusions is Toril Johannessen’s iterative reflection on textile manufacturing. Not that this is where she began in 2013 [...]

Mending Fashion

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS The fashion industry is in need of repair. Familiar criticisms are easy to level: overproduction of low quality goods manufactured in unacceptable working conditions has driven down quality in favor of volume. Far harder to come by are clear solutions [...]

Kimsooja MMCA Seoul

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Kimsooja: Archive of Mind National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea July 27, 2016 – February 5, 2017 Kimsooja has long explored meditative approaches […]

Contextile Portugal review

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Contextile 2016 Contemporary buy ambien safely online Textile Art Biennial 30 July – 16 October 2016 Guimarães, Portugal The 2016 Contextile exhibition was held in the Portuguese […]

Hangzhou Triennial 2016

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Weaving & We Second Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China 25 August – 25 October 2016 Spread over two floors, six galleries, and […]

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 […]