de Wahls, Jess
About the artist
Originally from Berlin, Jess de Wahls is now a leading light in textile arts. She recently attracted the fury of “trans activists” by suggesting that men could not change themselves into women. As punishment for this alleged “transphobia” her work was briefly taken off sale in the Royal Academy shop, only to be restored when hundreds of sane people protested and the RA had to apologise.
Jess creates patches and portraits from recycled clothes and colourful embroideries, using figures and flowers to tackle issues from gender inequality to waste culture.
(Photo: Grey Hutton / The Times)