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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...



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



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.


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.




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

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.



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.

unnamed-7Day 1 was all about the technique, so we worked the stitch on this see-through fabric.

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!

unnamed-8By the end of the day my eyes where pretty blurry as i am used to work with a light directly above my pieces. Tired but happy i was anticipating day 2!

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!!


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!!




'Channeling the Great'

Jessika Wahls



- 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

So long....




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

marnieMarni Scarlet hand-sewn Mini meIMG_3636


headless Squirrel ( inspired by a piece by David Shrigley


Acrylic on wood (small board)

20130705-234600.jpgThis little fella who belongs to the mighty Monsters and ink family


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

monsters and kink

Ballpoint pen illustration "monsters and kink" A3

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Monsters and drink A3


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



Mixed Media 'Tiger Lillies "