Dr Jessica Hemmings studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999. She went on to study 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).
Jessica is a frequent contributor of articles and exhibition reviews for publications such as Bloom, Crafts, Embroidery and the Surface Design Journal. She has taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Winchester School of Art, where she was a Reader in Textile Culture.
Jessica Hemmings is Associate Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.