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Big swinging Embroidery adventures

Jessika Wahls

As of late I have really been getting into Embroidery, and very soon the result of that new found obsession will be for sale all over my Etsy account soon.If you want to be one of the first ones to know when exactly I'm going to open shop- go ahead and sign up for my newsletter on here! It's also the best way to find out about any upcoming shows and all things Big swinging Ovaries. All that said, I'm going to indulge you with some embroidery I made over the past 6 month :) enjoy! IMG_2604.JPG

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

Jessika Wahls

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

 

Hand & Lock -Tambour beading- weekend workshop

Jessika Wahls

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Good monday morning to you too.

I wanted to write a post about what i did last weekend as i thoroughly enjoyed it and figured, so much joy must be shared.

so here it goes: around 5 weeks ago i received the brilliant message that i had won a Tambour Beading course with Hand & Lock London, for submitting the below picture to a price give away on instagram.

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This was my first ever attempt in proper embroidery, i.e silk shading and  needles to say i was, -i am proud as punch that it won me the course.

Long story short, it finally happened last weekend and it was brilliant!

Jess, our teacher ( yes yes, i know, great name...!) Was lovely, patient and explained everything to us keen beginner tambourians (...!) to the point that we were all able to get some beads on some opaque fabric by the end of the course.

I am a pretty fast learner, tho i have to admit that Tambour beading is certainly only something for you if patience is one of your strengths.

Tambour beading is a quick way of applying beads and sequins, once you have mastered the technique.

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Once we kind of got what we were supposed to do, we moved on to actually transferring a design and actually applying beads, which was great fun!

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Having learned the basics, we spend the morning with adding to the design of the previous day, i tried sequins, which is pretty tedious but once you get it, it's fun!

Pretty soon most of us where keen to try our hands on the 'not so easy' opaque fabric on which you mainly work by feeling , rather than seeing the beads you are working with, as the design is always facing away from you.

I decided on lovely Liberty fabric and drew a flower on it.

The beads i chose where miniscule and therefore very labour intensive, but as with all that i do, i like to apply repetition to learn as fast as possible.

So by the end of the day i had made a tiny beads flower and can confidently say- i certainly know how to Tambour bead now!!

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In order to keep practicing, i actually bought he Tambour needle and hook i worked with and i will certainly work on incorporating this new learned skill into future retex sculptures of mine!

 

What's left to say is that i can't recommend this course enough!

So if you are a keen crafts person, go and have a look at what else they have to offer. You won't regret it!!

 

www.handembroidery.com

 

 

 

Don't fear, the #bigswingingovaries Necklace is here!!!

Jessika Wahls

Hi all :) i figured i have to put this somewhere more permanent! SO : If you would like to treat yourself or a loved one to one of these amazingly handcrafted ( by my bestie Anja Moehler) Big swinging Ovaries Necklaces, than please do get in touch!

Each one is hand cut from silver with a tiny little saw, so each is unique and slightly different!

They come either with a little sperm ( i like to call it 'inclusive Feminism ;)) for £145 or without the sperm- Logo only- for £135

Coming up to christmas, i beg you- don't leave it to the last minute - avoid disappointment!

'Channeling the Great'

Jessika Wahls

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'CHANNELING THE GREAT'

- is a piece that, without further ado just had to happen!

At any given moment in time i usually have a number of pieces in my head, which i am planning to realize at some point in the future.

This wasn't one of them.

So far, most of my pieces have been on the larger side of things and i decided after the 'Gia' commission that it was time for some smaller pieces to broaden my range.

With that in mind and the Brick Lane Gallery group show vastly approaching, 'CHANNELING THE GREAT' started to materialize in my head .

I guess it's basically a multi-homage to people i admire,- artists that inspire me and who helped defining what me and my art has grown into and continues to grow into.So in case you haven't figured all of them out, here goes: Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian an Jann Harworth, who as i recently found out , is one of the pioneers of soft sculpture.Also, in the unlikely event of you missing it ...#bigswingingovaries is of course part of it too.

So that's really it! 'art in mind' was a lovely little first outing for this piece and i am sure more will follow till it finds it forever home.

For price inquiries or any other questions just get in touch on jessdewahls@gmail.com

So long....

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out with the old in with the new

Jessika Wahls

  Hey my lovelies,

 

for those of you that have been following me on social media this is no news. For those of you who don't, here it goes! I have been bit by bit updating my website and tidying my studio and i have to admit to being a bit of a sentimental art hoarder. That has to change!

 

Not only because i am running out of space, but i also need some funds to invest in future projects! As many of you know, i am quite tenacious in my quest to get my art out there and seen by the masses, but all that costs a pretty penny too!

 

So here is the deal,- or should i say multiple deals.... Below you find pictures of pieces that haven't been snapped up yet ( and that i am finally happy to let go to a new home! I need space and here is your chance to get an original piece by little old me for quite the bargain prices.

 

If you are interested in any of these, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me on jessdewahls@gmail.com

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headless Squirrel ( inspired by a piece by David Shrigley

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Acrylic on wood (small board)

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Much like this one, who is also a Monsters and ink original

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Ballpoint pen illustration "monsters and kink" A3

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Ink on paper illustrations A2 & A3

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Acrylic on Wood

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Acrylic on canvas ( several sizes)

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Mixed media , large scale

 

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Mixed Media 'Tiger Lillies "

 

 

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