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I paint wood, paper and card, and use photomontage, to make original jewellery. Photos and paper are cut into strips and montaged onto birch plywood, and then hand decorated and lacquered. My feature beads are hand rolled from decorated card and photos; each has over ten coats of lacquer, leaving it highly durable and light to wear. The earring and necklace findings are sterling silver. I take commissions. A good quality photograph supplied by the customer can be transformed into a personalised and original piece of jewellery e.g. cufflinks, a brooch, necklace or earrings. Wherever I exhibit my work I use images that reflect the area and season. Every piece of jewellery is unique!
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Esther grew up in Bampton and has always lived in Oxfordshire with her family. In 2009 she graduated with a BA in Fine Art, specialising in printmaking. Esther finds inspiration in the immeadiate surroundings of her garden. She uses a small digital camera to capture images of plants taken from unusual viewpoints giving unexpected scale. The growth, change and decay, the fragility, but also strength so visible in a garden is a constant reminder of life within a family. She enjoys experimenting with collagraphs, creating images with different textures, adding chine colle for colour. Several screenprints are the result of combining mono printing with photography. Esther enjoys the unpredictable outcome of printmaking. The unexpectedly successful combinations of colour or layers; the mistakes that can be incorporated to beneficial effect; there is always an incentive to continue to explore this way of image making.
Unique pieces of jewellery made using a variety of techniques including beading, wire work, crocheting and knitting with wire, silver work and using gemstones. All materials are sourced in limited amounts and many often have had a previous life. All proceeds from sales go to the charity Against Breast Cancer.
I have a scientific background, after graduating in biology from university I worked as a research scientist and in quality control laboratories but have always been interested and admired all sort of crafts.
Part of the package of being born in Italy in the ‘50s is that as a child you learnt to sew, knit, embroider, crochet. Growing up in the ‘60s gave me a taste to use materials in a transgressive way. The oil crisis of the ‘70s encouraged my thriftiness. After that I was engrossed in my work but always had some knitting needles or crochet hook at hand.
My love for jewellery and hate for waste finally came together about 20 years ago, when I started to repair and restyle broken pieces of jewellery so they could be fit for sales in the charity shop where I was a volunteer, up-cycling even before the word was frequently used. That was the beginning of the never ending journey of learning new techniques, exploring new ideas and revisiting old ones.
I use materials sourced in limited amounts, sometimes brought back from my regular trips to Italy, sometimes donated to help me in the fundraising for Against Breast Cancer and often it had a previous life. The inspiration comes from the materials I have available. They also dictate the techniques used. The thread that links my work is my love for colour and a style classic in shapes and sizes, always easy to wear and easily affordable.