Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles - exhibition and book reviews, journals, articles, essays, as well as editorial projects. She studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and 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. She is currently Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
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).
In February this year, an installation titled Migrations, curated by Jessica, opened at the KANEKO Centre, Omaha. It brings together artists, designers and a writer who uses textiles to communicate cultural exchange that results from migration.
Jessica will talk about her career as an author in textiles, culminating in her most recent editorial publication, Cultural Threads (Bloomsbury: 2015) a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice - a very human account of the interactions between craft and culture.