Jemma is co-founder of CUSTHOM, a design studio that believes in simple forms, considered design and quiet detail, producing wallpapers and interior furnishings.
Jemma studied Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, before completing her MA in Printed textiles at the RCA in 2007. She founded CUSTHOM in 2009 with fellow RCA graduate Nathan Philpott.
Alongside their own collections, CUSTHOM has completed commissions and created bespoke designs for The Design Museum London, Ligne Roset, Molteni&C, Whole Foods Market and Eve.
Jemma has previously taught and lectured at institutions in the UK over the last 10 years and delivered workshops for the British Council internationally.
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The British Council’s international New for Old programme supported the research of RCA curatorial and textiles academics and enabled six RCA students to experience the realities and issues of craft practices in a Southeast Asian context.
CUSTHOM create collections which revolve around making. Sourcing quality raw materials, the studio focus on subtle details to create unique products through their methods of creating. The studio aims for simple forms explored through scale and colour, finding ways of constructing, that quietly elevates the materials, each product is made from.
CUSTHOM studio has developed processes that question traditional wallpaper manufacture, repetition and ways of making to re-appropriate or reduce waste material. The studio uses combinations of digital and analogue techniques in order to create unique mark making, repetitive and non-repetitive graphics, with the aim to challenge user interaction and creativity in the application of wallpaper. Designing to explore the effect of colour proportion, reflection and graphics to inform and shape interior spaces.
The studio hold a Design Gild Mark of excellence in British Design (2D category) awarded in 2019.
Design Gild Mark of excellence in British Design, 2019. Igneous collection.
Jonathan Hindle prize winner for 2D design, 2019.