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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) and considered the role of textiles in fiction written by the late Zimbabwean author.


In 2010 Jessica 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 and curatorial project, Cultural Threads: transnational textiles today, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015) accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations (US, Ireland, Australia, England 2015-17). Jessica has lectured internationally and examined and supervised PhD and postgraduate students in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Israel, the United States and the UK.


From 2013-2016 she was member of the Artistic Research Committee at the Academy of Art & Design Bergen, Norway and has acted as a Peer Review reader for the European Research Council, the Austrian Science Fund for Arts Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. From 2012-2015 was a Peer Review College Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Britain. She holds an honorary Adjunct Professorship in the Art & Design Faculty of the University of New South Wales, Australia, is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Textile: the Journal of Cloth & Culture (Routledge) and co-edits www.makebelieve.ie an online project thinking, ranting, making, struggling and musing about craft.







Jessica Hemmings

jessica.hemmings [at] hdk.gu.se
Professor in Crafts. Assistant Head of Academy – Research