Wahls, Jess de

Jess de Wahls. Photograph published by the Crafts Council, courtesy of Jess de Wahls. Jess de Wahls. Photograph published by the Crafts Council, courtesy of Jess de Wahls.

Jess de Wahls (1983) is a textile artist and embroiderer who was born in (communist) East Berlin, and moved to the UK in 2004. She has set up a commercial line in embroidered flower patches that can be ironed onto T-shirts and other garments, and which are sold, among others, by Liberty of London. 

She is also known for her textiles and embroideries with political, feminist messages, including 'fallopian tubes giving the finger', and for running a Vagina Sewing Workshop at the Tate Modern. She organised a show called Big Swinging Ovaries.

In recent years she got into conflict with many from within the LGBTQ+ community for stressing that people cannot be "the opposite sex to which they are born and claim the same rights as if they were born as such." 

In June 2021, the Royal Academy in London banned her work from its gift shop (a floral iron-on embroidery patch), stating that "it had pulled the work from the store after a barrage of criticism on social media alerted the institution to de Wahl's stated views, which some have described as transphobic."

Fof a long essay by Jess de Wahls, reflecting on an embroidery she worked called 'Somewhere over the Rainbow, something went terribly wrong', click here.

For Jess de Wahls's website, click here. An article by Sara Khan was published by the Crafts Council, 21 February 2018.

WV, 19 June 2021.

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