Threads Through Time-Jessie Hemmons

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Are You Normal Down There?, 2016
Knitted yarn
On loan from the artist

 

This is Not Mine Triptych, 2016
Knitted yarn
On loan from the artist

 

Artist Statement

The motivation for my work is multifaceted. First, I want to use this typically feminine medium as a catalyst for conversations regarding women in street art. I also hope that using knitting fosters the elevation of craft mediums from the realm of utilitarianism. Secondly, I want to motivate creative individuals to express themselves. I’ve publicly displayed the development of my skills so people can see that there is an evolution of creative ability. Lastly, I hope to leave a positive impact on my community and make art accessible to people who may feel excluded from the fine art world. –Jessie Hemmons

Jessie Hemmons is a street artist and craftivist in Philadelphia known as Ishknits. Inspired by a book she found on the subject, Hemmons started her yarn bombing career in 2009 by attaching a 12 inch crocheted rectangle onto a bike rack. Her work has since evolved into larger installations, which are often colorful and playful. Her work also dives into feminist social issues, focusing on the difficult themes of rape and sexual harassment. Hemmons, who has a background in psychology, hopes these works will inspire much needed conversation on these topics regarding women.

Hemmons’s works were featured in the Truth to Power exhibition during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and in advertisements for Tampax and Target. She knitted a piece for the Rocky statue that stands on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was commissioned to cover a VW Bus and Trailer for the Free People Tokyo Opening in 2013.

To view more on Jessie Hemmons, visit her website: https://www.ishknits.com