Originally from Berlin, De Wahls has quickly established her name as the ‘Enfant terrible of British textile arts’.
She tackles subjects as wide ranging as Female Liberation, Misogyny & Fetishism combined with creative textile recycling in her prolific output.
A self-trained artist, Jess creates highly intricate embroideries as well as hand-sewn relief portraits from up- cycled clothing, a technique for which she has coined the term ‘Retex Sculpture’.
Encouraging social change and gender equality, exploring Feminism and embracing recycling and reuse are paramount to her practice.
Her extensive body of work has been exhibited and sold internationally, featured online as well as in print and is rapidly gaining appreciation outside the Textile Art scene.
In addition to her own practice, Jess also acts as mentor to the finalists of the prestigious Hand & Lock London Embroidery Prize and teaches her very own brand of contemporary embroidery in national and international workshops.
De Wahls has successfully organised and curated 3 Solo exhibitions of her own work, and has been invited to show her work in Australia for her first international solo Exhibition in 2018.
2018 Big Swinging Ovaries vol.2, Platform Gallery, NSW, Australia
2015 Hand & Lock Headquarters, London, UK
2014 Big Swinging Ovaries vol.1 Pop-Up, Soho, London, UK
2011 Monsters & INK, Resistance Gallery, London, UK
2009 Painted Portraits, Soho Theatre, London, UK
In 2016 she crowdfunded and curated a gallery exhibition called ‘Stopjectify’. The show invites the audience to reconsider the status quo and question how we can break the age-old cycles that perpetuate objectification as a ‘normal’ fixture of everyday life.
In conjunction with Art Society Soho, De Wahls also curated HM90 at the Black & White Building , Shoreditch.
She regularly participates in national and international group exhibitions to introduce her work to new audiences and promote Textile Art as part of the contemporary art scene, swiftly moving away from the 'craft-label' often attached to works made of thread.
Recent group show involvements include:
2018 Defining Form, Untitled Space, NY, USA
2018 Stitch Fetish 6, Hive Gallery, LA, USA
2017 Stitch Fetish SF, CFSC, SF, USA
2017 NSFW, Spoke Art, SF, USA
2017 Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia, London, UK
2017 Stitches Part II, Paragdim PA, USA
2017 She Inspires, Untitled Space NY, USA
2017 Stitch Fetish 5, Hive Gallery, LA, USA
2016 My Sex, Myself, Ply Gallery, London, UK
2016 Lust For Life, Menier Gallery, London, UK
2016 HM90, Creative Debut, London, UK
2016 STOPJECTIFY, Gallery Different, London, UK ( curator)
2016 Stitch Fetish 4, Hive Gallery, LA, USA
2016 Art Carbootfair, London, UK
2016 USGDR, Gallery Metanoia, Paris, France
2015 PTNOTR, Virago Gallery, Seattle, USA
2015 Feminist Fiber Art,, Aeronaut, BO, USA
2015 Exhibit Here, Menier Gallery, London, UK
2015 Summer Salon, Candit Arts, London UK
2015 Salon des Refuses, Space Gallery, London, UK
2015 Bad Behaviour, Brixton East, London, UK
2015 Art in Mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
2015 Why not?, Sweet Art, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2014 Guilty Pleasures, Juno, London, UK
2014 SEAMS, Sweet Art, Hoxton Arches, London, UK
2013 SHOW#1 Sweet Art, Crypt Gallery, London, UK
2010 The Museum Of Everything, Tate Modern, London, UK
Her work has been featured over the past years in: