Jessica Hemmings

textile writer
Sweden (residence), United Kingdom, United States (citizenship) °1976
affiliation: HDK, University of Gothenburg

Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999 and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA (Distinction) in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). She has taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, Winchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft  (Bloomsbury). Her latest editorial project and curatorial project, Cultural Threads, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015) accompanied by the travelling exhibition Migrations (2015-17). From 2012-2016 Jessica was Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She is currently Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden.



Exposition: Sticky currents: Drawing folds in serial exhaustion (01/01/2015) by Nicole De Brabandere
Jessica Hemmings 13/01/2016 at 15:40

This investigation brings together theoretically complex writing with useful physical investigations. The latter provide a rich commmunication of the physical attributes of material studies. Pennina Barnett's 1999 catalogue essay "folds, fragments, surfaces: towards a poetics of cloth" may provide useful additional reading for those interested in the material fold.


- Professor Jessica Hemmings, NCAD, Dublin