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BSO 2014


Jessika Wahls

IMG_5768 Join me for my second of a series of embroidery workshops i will be giving at Soho Theatre, to get your creative juices flowing. I will guide you through embroidery basics to help create your very own Big swinging Ovaries Feminist memento, to take home at the end of the day. Step by step instructions will be provided, as well as all necessary materials, hoops, fabric, needles, pencils scissors and a selection of colourful embroidery floss. There will also be various Big swinging Ovaries patterns available for you to choose from. You don't need to be a seasoned stitcher to take part in this workshop. What's absolutely needed is an open mind to a very contemporary approach to a very old craft and a little patience since embroidery is a time-intensive art form. The workshop will run from 10:30 to 13:30 with an optional 1 hour lunch break and continue from 2:30 to 5:00PM. Fast learners will take home their finished design as well as an embroidery pack to finish unfinished work and kick off your embroidery obsession. The first three workshops come at a discounted price and will cost £95 thereafter. Spaces are strictly limited, so if this is for you, don't wait to long.

Tickets are available here





Creative Debut, HM90 and how Art Society Soho went east...

Jessika Wahls

 Stopjectify being barely over, something else popped on my radar. Over the past couple of years, Instagram has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to say the least, and this time was no different. Creative Debut is a free global platform for the brightest creative talents, showcasing emerging artists and they also happen to be one of the Instagram accounts i follow.

Alex and Calum, are the names behind the brand and when they did a shout out that they are looking to collaborate with London Art Collectives, i didn't hesitate to casually drop them a note about Art Society Soho , the art collective i have been a member of since it's birth last year.

As it is with opportunities, this one didn't wait long to emerge and after chatting briefly online, i set up a meeting between the two of them  Martin, who runs ASS and myself, to talk about what exactly they had in mind. Shortly after , Martin and i  ventured off east to the Black and White Building at 74 Rivington street, which was to become the home for our first ASS showcase this far east.

We had a look at the venue during the launch of another art collectives exhibition and got excited about the possibilities a space as large as this one would offer us, so after a good look around and a chat with Creative Debut, we said yes, to what a month later became the hugely successful launch of our month long stint of the HM90 showcase of ASS members.

my inspiration for the shows theme came from a piece i originally  had planned to create as a collaborative work between myself and Hand & Lock , the embroiderers to the royal family, who hosted my solo show in their premisses in Fitzrovia the previous year. With time ticking away and Stopjectify absorbing most of it, it looked unlikely that we would be able to collaborate in time for her majesties birthday, but i still fancied the idea of creating a piece about the queen, which will eventually become a small piece of a larger project i have in  mind.

So when Creative Debut offered us the space for a launch in early may, i figured this could be the perfect opportunity and subject to create a show around. Martin agreed and HM90 was born.

The submissions of our ASS members came in and it became obvious that this show was going to be as diverse and interesting as it was cheeky, which was to be expected, given the nature of Art Society Soho.

With only a month to pull all of it together, Martin and i had our hands full, especially because the PV was coupled with the Whitechapel Galleries First Thursday  initiative which, to top it all off, even added us as one of 4 destinations of their 'art-walking tour'. So the pressure was on.

Once the day came all had fallen into place nicely, we had a massive turn out throughout the night, we had music by Dj Yoms and even a bit of accordion music by our member Tom baker.

To get a feel about the buzz of the night, i added some pictures to the Gallery below ( so you can see for yourself what you missed out on)

The show still runs until the 27th of April, so if you want to take a good look yourself, i suggest popping down there. It's really worth it, and yes, do take my word for it ;)


World Women's day~ STOPJECTIFY launch

Jessika Wahls

Looking back at everything, i can safely say that STOPJECTIFY has been my most ambitious project to date. Conceptualising, planning and realising, a video shoot, a crowd-funding campaign and eventually a group exhibition with 40 international artists turns out to be quite a lot of work for one person... Regardless of the obvious stresses, the actual exhibition was a roaring success, with a huge turn out of nearly 500 people just on the opening night, with many more coming to see the show during it's week long run.

Many minds have been inspired, many questions asked and answered, many artistic connections were made and in general, not even 3 month on, and many fantastic opportunities have come my way on the back of the exhibition.

A full list of the participating artists will eventually be made available on the STOPJECTIFY website (  as an archival type space where you can learn more about each individual work as well as it's creator. I literally haven't stopped since the show finished so you will have to bare with me just a little longer for the updated version of the site.

For the time being i have provided a list with the names of the artists and links to their websites below:

Alexandra Drawbridge  Amy Kingsmill  Anne Bengard  Annique Delphine  Apple Tart  Arcane Sin Anastasia Niedinger

Badger and Winters #womennotobjects  Ben Hopper  Billy Chainsaw  Carmen Caro  Charlotte Baker

Chloe Stein  Diane Goldie  Glenn Fitzpatrick  HarlotVonCharlotte  Jess de Wahls  Josh Hunt

Karina Akopyan  Kirstin Barnes  Lena Trydal Lucie Rachel  Manolo Ty  Marie Louise Jones 

Marnie Scarlet Mia-Jane Harris  Mary Rouncefield    Michelle Mildenhall  Mr Hugo von Hugo

Niall Fraser  Rosaleigh Harvey -Otway

Sal Jones  Sophia Gardiner Sally Hewitt  Sarah Joy Ford  Sophie Parker  Tracy Satchwill

Vanja Karas  Wanksey  Yvonne Fueg


Seeing that the show was such a success and certainly helped stimulating conversations about objectification as well as much needed self-reflection, i think it would be a shame to retire it. So i have been looking into ways to get it traveling to Berlin next.

Originally i hoped to take it there this year, but as time progresses and more and more work lands in my lap, it looks rather unlikely that it will happen this year. However, i am quite actively looking into taking it there for next years world women's day and am trying to figure out ways to fund it without the painful process of yet another crowd-funding campaign.( i just don't think i have another one of those in me..)

All in all i am super happy with the result of my hard work and everybody that helped me put it all together. It's been a brilliant experience, and the great thing about doing something slightly out of your comfort one and pulling it off in the end, is that it's exhilarating and  slightly addictive.

So for the meantime, watch this space, as well as all the great pictures and even a little film ( curtesy of  Mr Farrukh Hyder) below, curtesy of the every so amazing Dafydd Owen as well as Richard Kaby. So long...



We all like a drink, so here is the hat.

Jessika Wahls

  #STOPJECTIFY  is nearly upon us and as much as i tried, i have not managed to secure a booze sponsor ( yes, i am only human after all ;)

We have CAN CAN coming over from Berlin to support us with their super cool art drink concept and that is more that awesome, but after month and month of preparation, i want a glass of bubbles to cheers with all of you too.

So, here we go: To not completely bankrupt me, i am asking you to throw a pound or two in my direction, as literally any and everything will help.

My lovely neighbour Barbera has give me a nice bit of cash towards those drinks for looking after her cat ;P My parents have also very kindly sent me money in advance for my birthday which is happening just 2 days after the Private View, but i would be soooooo grateful for your involvement.


I have raised thousands of pounds so far previously and this is nowhere the same effort.

There will be a raffle on the opening night and you can win shirts, pins, patches and more, so with every £ you support the booze bar, you will be entered into the raffle. I say that's a win, right ;)

So for all our sake, i hope you can spare a pound and help me get some bubbly on the table on Tuesday night :)

All you need to do is follow this link:


Much love and Gratitude for our help





What is, is, is!

Jessika Wahls

Good morning lovey people :)
I keep getting these emails en mass at the moment from some PR companies that promise you heaven on earth for your crowd-funding campaign. I regularly keep reporting them as spam, because mostly that is what i think they are.
Got another one this morning of somebody who, it seems, at least bothered reading the story behind the campaign and his conclusion was that #STOPJECTIFY is all about empowering women and looking at how art objectifies them/us.
That isn't entirely true! #STOPJECTIFY and the campaign i am running is about multiple things, one of which is of course women's empowerment, but there is way more!
I am crowd-funding this show, in order to be able to rent a central London Gallery ( and i mean CENTRAL)!
That's important, because if i want to inspire and invite people who have normally not much to do with art, never-mind subjects like the ones i am exploring through the exhibit- it needs to be convenient to attend.
Now, those of you who are artists and curators, are very familiar with just how much a venue like that costs. IT'S A LOT!
You are also aware ( and that is mostly exclusively true for the latter) that showing your art ( particularly in London) adds up to a lot of money when you do it regularly, as artists have to pay , often just to get their work considered to be shown, unless of course you are good with schmoozing up to galleries and spend lots and lots of time at art openings ( i'm not and i don't, on either account )
It is free for artists to submit their work to this exhibition and it stays free for those that are chosen to participate.
I also want to explore several avenues of the head subject that is OBJECTIFICATION, and that isn't exclusively a female problem! It's everybody's problem and i want people to wake up to exactly that!
Some very strong work has already been submitted and i am looking forward to more arriving every day with the submission deadline being the 10th of January!
All art is welcome, and i will know the limitations of what will be possible to curate and what not- when i see it, so when in doubt,- submit it!
So if you are one of the glorious people that has already contributed to get my campaign to just shy ( literally £4 shy) of 4k YOU ARE AWESOME!!
You are helping not just me, but a whole cast of artists from all over the world, which makes you a PATRON OF THE ARTS <3 and that is a wonderful thing to call yourself!
You are also a HUGE help in my efforts to create change!
You ARE part of the CHANGE!
It's big!
I have 10 days left to raise another 3k, which seems lots, but 10 days is a life-time in crowd-funding land and i have reached some kind of inner calm, because i know that with the money already contributed i have the most amazing head start! This project will go ahead whatever will be, and every bit of your hard earned cash will make this exhibition GREAT!
A huuuuuuge Thanks also to all the artists that have so readily and freely given their time and effort to create work for the campaign to help me raise those funds!!
To name but a few - Anne Von Merm, Jane Moore, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Sharlotka Voicheck, Hugo Von Hugo , Anja Moehler You guys are so much <3 <3 <3
So if you have read on and you want to help make this happen, please take another little moment and watch the video, choose one of the rewards on offer ( believe me there are plenty great things still to be had)
Tell your friends about it ( and people you know who like to support the arts and have the money to do so ;) )
Share the link with other artists so the whole idea behind this will reach full potential and that's just it! Be part of the CHANGE!! <3 <3 <3

Crowd-funding is hard!

Jessika Wahls

Don't get me wrong, i am so very grateful that something like it exists, but it has to be said,- crowd-funding is hard! Fo me it is the second time around that i have thrown myself into the net of  trust that is made up of my friends, family and strangers in order to bring something to life i so deeply believe in.

Something that i could not create if it wasn't for the collective help, something much bigger than myself that i feel will benefit all of us.

The first time around in early 2014, when i went absolutely blindfolded into the campaign that resulted in making my inaugural Retex-Sculpture exhibition 'Big Swinging Ovaries' , i was quite literally overwhelmed by the help i received from people that know and love my work, but also people that i had just recently met and who got infected with my enthusiasm for what i had embarked on and happily parted with their hard- earned cash.


I love crowd-funding for so many reasons, but it also made me understand a lot more about human relations, expectations, disappointments and what happens when you put your ideas out there in the public and ask for help!

I just finished reading Amanda Palmers #TheArtOfAsking and it resonated with me on an amount of levels, yet to be surpassed by any other artist. ( go get yourself a copy! You won't regret it!)

That said, i don't think we have to much in common otherwise, Amanda and i that is.

She's a rockstar and a writer, i am a Textile-artist and a Hairstylist.

She travels around the world non-stop and couch-surfs wherever she goes,- i like to 'hermit' myself away in my studio and spend hours and hours sewing intricate 3D sculptures from recycled fabrics, or embroider to my hearts content, and when i travel, i miss my cats.

I also prefer a nice hotel room to a strangers sofa when i'm away,


However,a major thing we have in common, is that we trust people.

Having been a hairstylist literally half my life, has always been something i thoroughly enjoyed! I like talking to people.

Not in a small-talk kind of way, but really TALK to them. I guess many of my customers who i know for years, can attest to that. I like them, and generally they like me too. I'm good with people and that builds trust.

Since art is my great passion, it is naturally that i talk about that too. All the time! So they know. They know everything about me, what i do, what i love, what i hate,- everything. And i know a lot about them! Trust! That's the keyword, and that was what resonated so much with me when i read Amanda's book.

I learned a long time ago that if i want to build a connection with somebody, i have to give a little of myself, to be able to get a little of the other person in return! It's what i do as a hairdresser, it's what i do as an artist, and it's certainly what i do when i ask people for their help when raising funds for my projects.


Crowd-funding is hard. And it is certainly something that only people really truly understand who went through it themselves!  I have spoken to many aspiring crowd-fundee's about my experience of it and it all boils down to a few major ingredients:

People.... you need to know them, and i mean KNOW them. Trust them! Ideally a lot of  them, because contraire to popular belief, you don't just put your idea on the internet and it all kicks off out of nowhere. You need friends and fans of YOU!

Transparency.... if you are asking people for their hard earned cash, make sure they know what for. Make sure they can understand what it is that you want to achieve and be clear about where the money goes in the aftermath of the funding too!

Enthusiasm.... if you are not excited about your project,why should anybody else be?! You are asking people to help, so make sure that they understand how important their help is to you , because IT'S EVERYTHING!

Tenacity ... crowd-funding is hard. And it's long.  Regardless whether you chose 30 days, 45 or even 60 days to raise your funds, i will promise you, it will be the longest days you have ever experienced. You wake up and go to bed with the constant thought of your campaign. It's full of ecstasy, anticipation and the inevitable disappointment, so hang in there!

Faith.... and that coming from an atheist is a funny concept to grasp. Faith in people is what  i am talking about here, because besides the monetary contribution that made my last campaign a success, i was awestruck by the extend to which people came forward and offered help. People can be arseholes but i believe that the human condition has always to sides to a coin. So altho there will always be some time-wasters along the way and people that all of a sudden feel that their opinion should be something for you to fret over, the majority of people has always been and continues to be an absolute celebration of the human capacity for empathy and support.

I do think that crowd-funding is something, a lot of valuable lessons can be learned from, and since i totally and absolutely believe that #STOPJECTIFY will be great, i took that leap of faith once more and am working every day on the success of the campaign.

To conclude this post, I want to say once more how much you guys mean to me. You, who have already proved that trust is everything- and that this is possible! Thank you!!!

And last but not least, have a look at this all inspiring talk by Amanda Palmer and her crowd-funding experience. It's truly inspiring!















STOPJECTIFY in the making

Jessika Wahls


An exhibition , highlighting the damaging effects of objectification, imagining and creating CHANGE!




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Hello wonderful people of the crowd-funding sphere, my name is Jess, i am London based Berliner Artist, Feminist and after this i guess you can call me curator too. ( you can always call me a badass ninja tho!!)I talk regularly with people about topics such as Feminism, gender inequalities, sexism and the constant objectification many of us face day in and day out.

After yet another defeatist comment like ' Nothing you can do about it' and 'i see your point, but we all know that's not going to change in your life-time' i figured, like Michael Jackson already sung ......


If you wanna make the world a better place


And then STOPJECTIFY was born....

Stopjectify warhol


But being an artist and having run a successful crowd-funding campaign for my last solo show #bigswingingovaries once before, i know that without YOU and YOUR HELP, it's pretty difficult, if not impossible.

Change can happen, and it can happen quick. And anybody that tries to convince you otherwise is generally just to afraid to dream big.....not me.

STOPJECTIFY is going to be a central London based group exhibition.

This is something much bigger than myself, that i feel will leave much greater impact if many creative thinkers and visionaries  get together and produce an artistic expression of just how damaging objectification and the often directly related self-hate is.

Some sort of benchmark for all of us, to stop the unsolicited judgement of others and ourself,constantly happening in our head without any challenge,

- and turn it into an internal conversation each time it occurs, because realisation is the first step to actually create change. 

The other and hopefully even bigger part of the show, will be art which dares to imagine an alternative reality. One where we are much more conscious about what we say and do to each other and the impact that it has.

To get people involved from all over the globe ( because this is something we ALL have to deal with) i want the submission process to be as accessible as possible.

What many of you are not aware of, but all of my artistic fellows know far to well, is that to get our work in front of an audience, we already have to pay frequently and not small amounts of money either, which often doesn't even guarantee that the work will be exhibited, which leaves us artists with a tricky loop to overcome.

To sell art you need to establish yourself, to establish yourself, you need to get your work seen as much as possible, to do that you need money, to make money you have to sell art, or get another job to support your art-making, which sadly often means that artists haven't got enough time to actually make art....

you see what i am getting at.

SO to fund this show, I NEED YOUR HELP!

This is also the point in the campaign where i am asking YOU to submit work! 


If you are an artist and you want to submit your work  resonating with the project and points below, please head over to

and fill out the submission form. To me it is irrelevant when the work was produced as i believe that a lot of art is made before it's time and don't want to limit this exhibition by silly time-restrictions.

What i am looking for in this exhibition is art that :




• defines objectification as one of our universal root problems

• Addresses gender inequalities and social taboos

with regards to objectification

• Explores the difference between consensual roleplay

and everyday misogyny and objectification

• Imagines an alternative, more compassionate

reality where people are more conscious of their

behaviours towards others



Objectification isn't exclusively a gender Problem, it is THE problem, or more to the point- the cause of most of the problems we have in the world today.

The hate and violence against refugees and migrants is also the result of objectifying people.

If we had more empathy and for want of a better word "humanification" towards people from other cultures and countries, we wouldn't have a refugee crisis. In other words, we wouldn't have refugees, because there wouldn't be poverty, misery and war in the world.

( the last part is a direct quote from my brother and had to be added due to it's poignance!)


Please do understand that of course not all art submitted can be accepted, as i am expecting a high attendance and above all the show needs to work as a whole message.

So if your work doesn't get selected, PLEASE don't take that as a comment on your artistic ability, our friendship or let it stop you from submitting works in the future. It might just mean that somebody submitted work similar to yours already or that in the big picture it just didn't fit with this particular show. ( i know everybody is sensitive about their art ;)

I have secured the ground-floor space of  central London Gallery, which means the exhibition will be easily accessible ( because trust me, accessibility is a major factor for people to go and see art), it also means that it's not cheap...


In order to allow artists to purely concentrate on creating and submitting work which will fit the brief and inspire you, me and all of us in the process, i need your collective help to pay for this project because if everybody puts in a little, we will all get a lot out of this!

Other costs will be for setting up,taking down and marketing of the exhibit, as well as for the general assistance i will need to pull this off!

The gallery has a downstairs too, which i want to hire as well, but to not lay all the financial burden on you, i  will also submit an application to the arts council to match-fund my,... our project, as soon as the campaign is up and running because,



One of the many reasons i am massively excited about this project, is that already so many beautiful people have been helping to get it of the ground.

From Mr Nick Smith, my forever trusted friend  and web-designer who makes all my design dreams come true in exchange for haircuts :)  .

Mr David Hay who is a producer and pulled in favors left right and center to help me make the video! Richard Topping who kindly got involved and did an incredible job filming me after only knowing of me and my quest for the better part of a day..! Ben Hume- Paton who patently and brilliantly did the edit and whom i have yet to meet. James Downham, one of my hairdressing customers whom i roped in last minute to take over the sound part of the video ( free haircuts for you too James ;)) and Teddy Lamb, Lucy Frost and Nika Obydzinsky , the 3 volunteers who i was allowed to physically label in public ;P

Teddy specifically because he helped me getting over my nerves and assisted all day with the filming!!!

Not to mention ( tho i will on my website ) the awesome folks that did the subtitle translations for my script so that more people get the message,...literally!!

You see people are amazing!!!!

The other surprise on this project is, that some of my artist friends have actually offered to get involved with the rewards ( imagine that..they believe in me and my drive so much that they give their time and work for free <3)

So there is Anne 'Blondie' Bengard, an incredibly talented artist who will blow you away with her water-colour skills!! She not only offered 4 limited edition signed and numbered giclee prints of herpopular piece 'Sweet Tooth' ( below)...


but if that wasn't enough, she added custom A2 watercolour portraits for £450 each.


You provide a photo of yourself or anyone you want painted, from the bust up, and Anne will create an original art work in her unmistakable style!!!

Next up is the wonderful HarlotteVonCharlotte. Another incredible artist friend of mine who produced the A5 piece below, of which the original will be available as well as signed and numbered geclee prints that come as part of the Stopjectify pack that includes several prints of contributing artists!


am I pretty a5


 Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick 's pencil skills and never ending creativity blow me away on a regular basis, so needless to say that i am massively grateful that he picked up his pencil weapon and drew not 1 but 3 A5 panels for STOPJECTIFY of which each comes at a price of £100 and the limited and signed prints will be also part of the pack!


Another wonderful artist and contributor to the rewards is my good friend Jane Moore. She is supporting my campaign by giving me some of her original drawings from her own 'sketch a day project' as well as one print! .


And of course this wouldn't be my project if i didn't create something for it myself. So below is my embroidery "understand that you are so much more than just parts" , of which prints will also be available in the pack as well as a limited number of A4 art prints aaaand the embroideries below too!!


Stopjectify embroidery


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As you can see in the reward section on the right,


i will also be stitching a limited number of custom embroidery portraits of you that will be mounted on n A4 board for £350 each. That is special as i have otherwise decided to not do custom work anymore as it just takes to much time away from my quest to change the world. So if custom is what you are after, here is your pop!

The other custom options created by me and at a greater cost due to obvious reasons, are my custom Retex Portraits at an A2 size for £1500 like the ones you see below

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Other ( and less costly) rewards include STOPJECTIFY t-sirts, tote bags, Sticker-packs, A4 art prints , Patches, Badges  AND 'Cats against Cat calling' T-shirts ;)

cats against cat calling shirt




And then of course there is always the option of just donating money and saving me from the taxman ;)


So all in all you see that i will make this happen no matter what!

It would just be so much more powerful if you would be a part of it!!


Lots of Love and thanks for taking the time to read!!

Forever yours


Jess de Wahls







Put the Needle on the record , how Retexsculpture suddenly went state side

Jessika Wahls

Put the needle on the record is the name of a current group show at the Twilight Gallery in seattle, curated by the fabulous ellen Schinderman of unnamed


In her own words :

Put the Needle on the Record explores the constant connection between visual art and music. Cover art has been a part of the music experience since the first pieces of sheet music were published. Photos and portraits of musicians catch out imagination and allow us to feel what it might have been like to be there, at that show……

My contribution to the show was a whole new chanllenge in scale and size fr my retex sculpture. The portrait is based on the Bjork cover of her Homogenic album, designed by Alexander Mc Queen.

This was all new as the piece is much smaller than the pieces i had produced so far as well as the fact that i usually work with several pictures to reference the 3D quality of my work, tho in this case there was only the cover to work from.

Needles to say i am rather thrilled with the result and am more than pleased that she arrived safe and sound at the Gallery.

I also hand embroidered the #bigswingingovaries version of the iconic Technics Dj slip mats to go with the theme.


All in all the show looks fabulous and i regretfully couldn't attend the opening! That however doesn't mean that you can't ;)

It will still be running until the 15th of september , with events happening along the way



Big swinging Patches available on Etsy

Jessika Wahls

I've been going on about this for a little while and here they finally are- the #bigswingingovaries patches! I will put them up on my Etsy tonight so you can get involved! They will be available for this year only as i am planning to create a yearly series ! Part of the proceeds will go to #techmums, so you will actually help doing some good in the world too!IMG_2933.JPG