Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer


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 […]

Zakka: Goods & Things, Tokyo

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS “Zakka: Goods and Things” 21_21 Design Sight, The Miyake Issey Foundation, Tokyo, Japan February 26 – June 6, 2016 Exhibition Director Naoto Fukasawa Reviewed by Professor Jessica […]

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 […]

Doris Salcedo review

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Doris Salcedo Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago February 21 – May 24, 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum June 26 – October 12, 2015 Pérez Art Museum Miami […]

Fiber KANEKO Nebraska

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS FIBER KANEKO Center Omaha, Nebraska February 6 – April 25, 2015 Textiles can be mind boggling in variety. Which is why the concept of a “collective” exhibition […]

Philosophy: Korean label Oma

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS “I started to think about precious things,” explains the Korean designer Oma when I inquire about the origins of her eponymous design label. Based in Seoul [...]

J. Morgan Puett: Labor Portraits

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Mildred’s Lane is an artistic experiment conceived by American J. Morgan Puett located in rural Pennsylvania. The one hundred acre site hosts residencies and fellowships informed by […]

What Do I Need to Do to Make It OK?

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea Park, London (27 August - 1 November, 2015) Further venues: Crafts Study Centre, Farnham; Devon Guild of Craftsmen; Forty Hall; The National Centre for […]