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Jemma Ooi


  • Jemma Ooi is Tutor in Printed Textiles. She is the co-founder of CUSTHOM, a design studio who believes in simple forms, considered design and quiet detail. Producing wallpapers and interior furnishings.

    Jemma has previously taught and lectured at institutions in the UK over the last 10 years and delivered workshops for the British Council internationally.

  • Biography

  • 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.  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. 

    Alongside their own collections, CUSTHOM have completed commissions and created bespoke designs for The Design Museum London, Ligne Roset, Molteni&C, Whole Foods Market and Eve.

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  • Practice

  • Jemma has curated the annual exhibition pens and needles since 2012, where invited artists and designers within and outside textiles and fashion are asked to respond to a brief that allows them to challenge their perceptions of stitch and the limitations of paper, perforation and image.

    CUSTHOM studio has developed processes that question traditional wallpaper manufacture. Using combinations of digital and analogue techniques in order to create unique mark making within a repetitive graphic, while at the same time questioning the idea and need for repetition.  The studio aim to challenge user interaction and creativity in the application of manufactured wallpaper and also how they work within these confines to create a unique response to each outcome.
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