A continuation of my personal photo project of friends with interesting jobs or past times – Jess de Wahls – again…
I’ve already photographed my friend Jess for this project but as mentioned then – that was for her hair stylist work. This time it’s for her artist side.
Jess has used several different media – including a fair bit of Acrylic on canvas but of late she has moved to using fabrics a lot. A lot of these have been recycled from garments etc in the past. A recent project of hers has been Monsters and Ink where she would make custom made creatures from recycled (or up-cycled) clothing – so that each piece would be unique and tailored to the customer or person donating the clothing. Recently she has moved towards making art pieces to hang but out of fabric and made to be 3D – she calls this process Retex-Sculpting.
Jess has recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign called #BigSwingingOvaries which is “an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling“. Her goals and inspiration for the show are:
I want to inspire people to overcome preconceptions about what it means to be a feminist.
I want to open conversation, not just between the genders but with everybody ho still believes that the notion of feminism is redundant.
I want to show, that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
And most importantly,……………
I want to support a remarkable project called #techmums , lead and initiated by my friend Dr. Sue Black. An organisation, empowering women through tech.
Half of the proceeds from the pieces sold at the show will go to the #techmums cause.
In order to produce promotion material for the campaign and exhibition Jess needed some new images of her and her art and knowing I was keen to do a shoot along these lines, gave me a call. So we’ve just done a shoot this Monday and here are some of the results. You may see some on London underground posters soon!
As time was of the essence we had minimal time to plan and do the shoot and so maybe not as diverse a collection of images as we may otherwise have done – but generally happy with them. I had a bit of an issue with flash triggers as I’d only brought one receiver with me – having left the other plugged in at home – however after a bit of fiddling I was able to get the second speedlight to act as a slave/remote to the first with the radio receiver.
Techie bits: Nikon D800, 2x SB-800 on manual, Elinchrom Skyport trigger
Images are below.
Jess’ art websites
Big Swinging Ovaries