From Back to Front: Curator’s Information

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From Back to Front

Jessica Hemmings, Curator


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, 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 and curatorial project is Cultural Threads, a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015), and Migrations a travelling exhibition (USA, Ireland, Australia: 2015). She is currently Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.