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Gemma Rappensberger and her embroidered hoops
A panoramic photo of Pakefield Beach, Suffolk. showing the beach huts and beach.


My name is Gemma and I am an embroidery artist. I am based in East Anglia where I grew up on the beautiful Suffolk coast and now live in an historic market town surrounded by countryside. I design and make original contemporary artwork using free motion machine embroidery in my home studio. 











Drawing is a tool that underpins all of my work.

My current collection is an exploration of the line that can be drawn with thread, using my sewing machine as an extension of my pencil to illustrate free hand from my observations, adding important detail with hand embroidery. I aim to capture the unique characteristics and intricacies of items that are sometimes overlooked but have a story of their own to tell. 









Each piece I produce is original and distinct to be enjoyed for many years.

I have a BA(hons)1st class degree in Design (StudioCrafts) where I specialised in Textiles and Accessories. After graduating I worked in London as an Accessories Designer and have also taught on FE and HE textiles courses. I am a member of the Society of Embroidered Work (S.E.W) and the Crafts Council Directory.

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Saffron Walden Town Centre, Saffron Walden Essex.
Gemma Rappensberger working on her sewing machine.

I am passionate about embroidery.

My Nana first introduced me to embroidery when, as a child, I was fascinated by her sewing box which was full of beautiful fabrics and embroidery threads. This influenced my education and career and led me on a journey to explore my own ideas and interests as an embroidery artist.

Gemma Rappensberger adding hand embroidery to her herring illustration in a hoop.
Gemma Rappensbergers sketchbook and satsuma embroidery in a hoop.
Gemma Rappensberger using free machine embroidery to draw her illustration.
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