In my work I am interested in exploring time in the image, be it through video or through woven pieces. I work with varied approaches to unfold the plurality of narratives hidden in textiles, employing images of antique textiles to communicate a fragmentary world of physical and psychological experience. In 2006, I started a series of short films based on the idea of unfolding and stacking simultaneous layers of experience and subjective histories.
The Stack pieces progressively came to signify and be a metaphor for thread, being woven into a personal history or an accumulation of embedded material memories.
Born: 1963 Florence, Italy.
1987-89: MA Degree Fine Art Tapestry, Royal College of Art, London
1984-87: BA (Hons) Art and Design, Edinburgh College of Art
2006: -Outstanding Award, From Lausanne to Beijing, 4th International Fibrearts Biennale (Suzhou), China
Recent Exhibitions :
2007: Virtual Gallery, ETN Conference, Constance Howard Resource Centre,
Goldsmiths College, London UK
2006: From Lausanne to Beijing, 4th International Fiberarts Biennale,
(Suzhou) China, international juried exhibition, catalogue ISBN:7-112-08674-4
L’Affaire est dans le Sac, Diagonale, Montreal, Canada
2005: Blanc de Blanc, textile print and tapestry, Diagonale, Montreal , Quebec
2004: International Textile Art Open Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast,
with Caroline Broadhead, Marian Bjlenga, Lia Cook among others.
2003: The Extraordinary Ordinary, video and textile installation, Handwerker
Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2002: Textiles, Catalogue ISBN: 1-90371-072
Hemmings, Jessica, Reeling in the years, Film:video:textile:time, Selvedge Magazine, n 15,pp.60-61 2007
Hemmings, Jessica, Defining a movement, Fiberarts, Sep/Oct 2005, p 33, ISSN 0164-324X
Jefferies, Janis, Unbound Episodes cited in: “Touch-In Touch, Out of Touch: Surface materialities and haptic technologies in contemporary art textiles “The Space Between conference, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, April 2004