Jema trained at Nottingham Trent University in Theatrical Design, and it was while creating historical costumes and accessories for theatre and film that her whimsical style was established.
Her designs incorporate vintage and found objects with polymer clay, filigree and fabric, with pieces exhibited in museums and galleries across the country, most recently at the Royal Observatories Greenwich.
Besides writing her own books, ‘Steampunk Emporium’, ‘Steampunk Apothecary’ and ‘Steampunk Tea Party’ Jema/Emilly has been featured in many Steampunk history and lifestyle books. She regularly writes articles on steampunk and vintage style for assorted craft magazines, and has presented projects on Bead TV and Craft EDU.
She has a large international fan base among the Steampunk and Altered Art communities, being much in demand as a speaker and panellist at craft, sci-fi and steampunk conventions across the country. She lectures and leads workshops on alternative cultures as well as more traditional historical academic subjects, encompassing millinery and corsetry techniques as well as jewellery.
Costume work includes design, making and standby for Films, TV and theatre. She also accepts private clients for wedding gowns and corsetry, through her long established alternate wedding business, Kindred Spirits Bridal-Originals. Her wedding gowns have been featured in Cosmopolitan Bride, You and Your Wedding, as well as Vogue and many vintage and alternate lifestyle magazines.