After almost 20 years as a designer in children's publishing, a short silver jewellery course in 2006 prompted a change in direction. The following year I enrolled on a part-time jewellery course and found a local studio where I could make and sell my work. I now have a workshop in the garden where I can sing along to the radio while creating personalised and one-off pieces of work for customers all over the world.
Influences include Rob Ryan's papercuts, the work of Tord Boontje, Lucienne Day's wallpaper, the repeated patterns of the Arts and Crafts movement, vintage lace and the birds and flowers that fill my garden.
As well as jewellery making, Jemima teaches creative workshops on 'thread painting'- exploring creative ways to use thread to create images, using embroidery and fabric art.
Most of her working week Jemima is a jeweller working from her garden workshop in North Bristol and selling her work online and in Fig on the Gloucester Road. In her spare time Jemima creates embroidered and mixed media art work. She is inspired by mushrooms and fungi, fruit and flowers, beetles, bugs, and creatures of the deep sea. Her embroidered work is sewn onto ecodyed cotton, dyed in her kitchen, using food and leaves from around the house and garden - from onion skins and black beans, to bay leaves and ivy.
Jemima has taught jewellery techniques, crochet and embroidery in Bristol and further afield, but the quiet and peaceful nature of sewing is the one she most enjoys teaching. Though Jemima uses simple, ‘old-fashioned’ stitches, you’ll learnt to use them in a fresh and original way.