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BIG SWINGING OVARIES EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP VOL.2

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  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/498445860/big-swinging-ovaries-embroidery-workshop?ref=shop_home_active_4

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KAPOVARIES

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 (www.bigswingingovaries.com/stopjectify)  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...

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STOPJECTIFY in the making

Jessika Wahls

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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

TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND MAKE A CHANGE!

And then STOPJECTIFY was born....

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So here i go, MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN. 

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 www.bigswingingovaries.com/stopjectify

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...

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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,

I REALLY BELIEVE IN THIS!!

THE REWARDS AND THE HELPERS

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)...

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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!

 

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 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!

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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! .

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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!!

 

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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 ;)

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Current Exhibitions, Group shows and other places you can see my art

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To start off, you can see 2 results of my recent love affair with Embroidery at the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road as part of the Sweet'Art Group show 'Y NOT'IMG_2163-0.JPG These 2 are part of a series of #bigswingingovaries hoop designs, which can be purchased alongside lots of other goodies at my soon to open Etsy store.

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Another group show happening very soon is called 'Rare Art' at the Menier Gallery, where you will be able to check out 2 of my most recent Retex Sculptures in the flesh as they say. 'Chimamanda Ngozy Adichi, we should all be Feminists' and 'Channeling the Great' are the pieces on show.

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A relatively permanent exhibit can be seen at my good Friends Tailoer Business 'Maurice Alteration Service' at 71 Endell Street, London WC2H 9AJ Just buzz yourself in and have a look;) So that's that for now, but be assured, plenty else is in the pipeline

Vaginas deserve respect!

Jessika Wahls

It's saturday and true to my new years resolution, i have sat my arse down to actually update my website and blog more regularly! It's rather difficult as my hands are constantly itching to actually go back to the sewing-board, but some things need to be said, some things need to be done and written about and the Vavengers Charity event was one of those evenings that left an imprint on me that i would like to share with you ! First things first: The event was organised by a mix of people, some of whom where actual survivours of  FGM and others who are just appaled by the situation and want to help resolve it.

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To clarify for those of you who don't know what FGM stands for,this is it:

Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal in the UK.

It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. However, the true extent is unknown, due to the "hidden" nature of the crime.

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If those images aren't already rolling your toenails backwards, then i can guarantee you that listening to Women and girls who have been subject to this cruel power play of patriarchy disguised under the smoke screen of 'tradition' , will!

I don't think i really need to explain further why this must stop and why it's essential that people talk about it, raise awareness and subsequently with events like Vavengers, help to raise funds for the fight.

 

It was a very well organised evening with speeches by Survivors of FGM , an art auction to which i had donated the drawing you can see below, lots of bubbles comedy and canapes and some good music.

All of this happened in the most amazing venue that is Brunswick house, in Vauxhall.

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The things that i learned that night, the stories that i heard and the women and men organising events like this one really inspired me and this is certainly something i will be exploring further within my art thats yet to come.

So with all the newly found information and the hope that you are as inspired as i am to continue fighting for equality and abolish these types of brutal rituals that so many girls and young women are still subjected to, i leave you to your weekend and retreat back to my Retex Sculpture, changing the world one portrait at the time.

 

Loves you!

 

Jess