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Jessica Hemmings

Jessica Hemmings studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA honours, 1999) and comparative literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (MA distinction, 2000). Her Ph.D., awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). In 2010, she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now (Black Dog) and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg Publishers) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). Her editorial and curatorial project, Cultural Threads (Bloomsbury, 2015), is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations (2015–17). She is currently professor of craft at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2017–present), visiting professor with the Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary and the Rita Bolland fellow at the Research Centre for Material Culture, the Netherlands (2020–23). Recent publications include a monograph about the Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen (forthcoming) and the second edition of The Textile Reader (Bloomsbury, 2023).

Contact: HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg, Box 131, 405, 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.

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