|PLEASE NOTE – Although the physical open studio events for 2020 have been cancelled, you can continue to discover and support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’ and by exploring the OSNotts website.|
After a degree in Theatre Design at Trent Polytechnic I worked for a number of years as a designer and maker for Notts County Youth Theatre and Arts Education Programme. Since then I’ve worked in the wider community art sector to creatively enhance local events, festivals and carnivals through celebratory lanterns, costumes, puppets, flags and banners.
Recently I’ve been developing my personal practice, combining colour and design with the tactile qualities of silk. I paint flowing fabrics for clothing and decoration and am currently most excited about breathing new life into worn and vintage parasols, fans and accessories.
JESS KEMP – STUDIO
I share a light and airy studio space with fellow artist Sarah Manton at the ‘Curious’ Studios in Sneinton Market Avenues, Nottingham. It’s a very creative environment to work in being surrounded by many other exciting creative businesses and the eclectic ephemera we like to furnish our studio with!
JESS KEMP – WORK
When I’m not creating large and colourful costumes for carnival, or lanterns and puppets for parades I’m enjoying the soothing effect of silk painting. I love to paint designs inspired by nature to bring tired vintage accessories back to life or create bespoke artwork for a client’s special occasion.
This little video shows the various stages involved in painting a silk banner and a few examples of large scale silk painted creations.