I’m Jemima and I’ve been a practicing artist since graduating from Falmouth Art College in 1995. I studied a degree in Fine Art Sculpture where I learnt a large range of skills and techniques.
From there I went into community arts in the North East of England, working in schools, running workshops and working collaboratively on large scale temporary sculptures in sand and fire. It was an exciting time!
I’ve always strived to be creative, whether it be painting, printmaking, casting, small wire sculptures, portrait work or, more recently, textiles, despite time restraints with other work commitments or being a full time mother.
Printmaking is something I’ve longed to explore further for a great number of years and with the recent gift of a small printing press, I’ve finally been able to realise this dream. I am experimenting with different techniques and surfaces whilst developing a range of art works depicting animals, birds and insects. I draw inspiration from the animals around me, my surroundings and my interest in photography. Rather than creating traditional portraits of my subjects, I prefer more dynamic or unusual imagery using non-traditional tools and plates in drypoint etchings, and looking at different approaches to linocuts. I’m really excited about where this is taking me creatively.
Initially I made sock toys when my second child was a baby, but soon moved into more technical, unique and sculptural pieces for collectors. Over the years I have developed and expanded my range of Socktacular art dolls, and I’m always striving to improve my skills and challenge what is possible with socks. I kept the original name ‘Socktacular’ because it reflects the huge journey I’ve made from the first tentative beginnings making a sock monkey, to what I do now.
Skylark Urns is a relatively new venture, though the idea behind them began a few years ago after making a fabric coiled vessel to hold my mother’s ashes following her death. You can read more about this on my Skylark Urn website.
More recently still, I have introduced a range of small fabric birds (and other creatures) on driftwood. These came about as an extension to the keepsake birds that I make with the urns, as I really enjoy making them.
When time allows I would like to challenge myself further still, and develop a range of very personal pieces which explore my lifelong love of folk and fairy tales and anthropomorphism.
When I’m not busy in my work room I love walking, riding, photography, reading and recently I’ve discovered I like gardening too. I grew up in, and have recently moved back to, a very rural part of the North York Moors; being in the countryside is where I feel most at ease and happy.