Jessica Akerman is an artist and maker.
Trained in sculpture and drawing, her work is inspired by social histories, and is expressed in a variety of media. Ongoing themes include military architecture and accessories, gentrification, women's working lives and material processes.
Her recent accessories are wearable artworks, made by hand in sustainable leather offcuts, cork, embroidery and veneer.
In 2017 she launched Gerimus, finely foil embossed pendants and brooches featuring British Early Warning System architecture.
The Eyes Open Open Eyes series also alludes to surveillance culture, and staying aware in a world where the politics of division is on the rise..
In 2018 she celebrates the centenary of women's suffrage with a collectable sew-on patch launched each month. 30% of sales from all patches will go to three charities supporting women and gender equality.
As one of 100 female Lead Artists for Processions 2018, she worked with Made in Roath on a suffrage banner inspired by dazzle ships, with accompanying cardboard armour.
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