Gemma Nemer
Textile  | Installation | Art Educator

The art of salvage and recreation drives my practice.  With basic tools a needle and thread, I create hand stitched Textile Art Works and Installations. Exploring marking time and thought with every mark and stitch. The rhythmic, healing and mediative qualities of hand stitching and embroidery and the visible mark of the makers hand is intensely personal.  Recording action, environments through repetition is a recurring theme in my Art Works.

I am fascinated and somewhat obsessed with fabric and pattern. Repetition and Difference. The narrative historical quality in a swatch of fabric, ornament, stain, rip, tear or a single button can tell a thousand stories over.

I use my mass collections of hoarded heirlooms, some my own, most - kindly donated, to create immersive Installations and Art Works that evoke memory and nostalgic feelings. For some joyous feelings, for others intensely emotional. I am driven by moving and shifting participants states when they enter my Installations. Moving them also to create their own Art and tell their own stories through immersive creative workshops. 

My intent is to preserve traditions and make physical objects that are often lost, misplaced and fading away.

Since graduating I have invested all my time and energy into creating my work gaining both national and international recognition. I began generating work for display in themed showcases and exhibitions providing me with extensive and diverse experience in producing work that is high quality.

I am also able to offer comprehensive experience as a Freelance Art Educator. I am available on a freelance basis for workshops, residencies, talks,editorial and demonstrations. I am able to work across the whole educational spectrum in schools, colleges and community centres with people of all ages and abilities. It varies from one project to the next.

If you are a school, college, university, gallery, community centre, group or other educational venue and you would be interested please contact me.

Some of the galleries, universities, colleges organisations, charities, people, publications and projects I have worked with :

Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Millennium Galleries Sheffield | Leeds Craft And Design Gallery | Graves Gallery Sheffield | Saltbox Gallery York | Western Park Museum | Cupola Contemporary Art Sheffield | Red Gallery London | Clare White Gallery Barnsley | Bradford 1 Gallery | Wakefield Museum | Experience Barnsley Museum | 

Sheffield Hallam University | Sheffield University | Falmouth University | Thomas Rotherham College | RCAT College Rotherham | Bradford University

Art Council England | Jerwood Jewellery Prize | Grimm and Co | Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance | Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance | Chol Theatre Company | Creative Scene | Connect Housing | Craftivist Collective Wellbeing Project | Castleford Project | Open Minds Theatre Company | Nayi Zindagi | Sharing Memories Holme Valley | Diversity Festival Rotherham | RMBC | Carnival Presents Rotherham | Love is Louder Rotherham | Craft Candy Sheffield | Open Up Sheffield |R&A Collaberations 
Black History Month | National Refugee Week | Holocaust Memorial Day | International Women's Day | Inspire Rotherham | Hate Crime Project | Mental Health Consultation | Sheffield Young Writers Group | Discover Vintage | Festival Of Vintage York | Folksy Summer School | Kelham Island Museum Sheffield.

Imagine Community Research Publication Sheffield University | Wellbeing Manifesto Research Sheffield Hallam and Falmouth University | MollieMakes Magazine | Handmade Living Magazine | Pretty Nostalgic Magazine 
Pretty Patches Magazine | Cube Magazine | Simple Things Magazine | Caboodle Magazine | SEW Magazine | Craft Council Craft Magazine | My Learning Profile

Photographs Copyright Anna Kozak Photography.


  1. My 2 visits to the button tin were very emotional, Gemma is not of the 21st century, I felt like I was in another time I must return soon, until then I will look at the photos again and again!! Pam

  2. thank you for you beautiful words, they always mean a lot to me and it drives me to keep going on those gloomy days!!!!! xxxx

  3. A friend shared your video with me on Facebook. I knew right away it was a case of kindred spirits. I have now added your studio to my "must do" list for my one day soon tour of the UK... :) And congratulations on the beautiful daughter. xo


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