Inspired by nature, Hester is a printmaker specialising in collagraphs. She designs printing plates using card onto which she applies collage elements, textured paints, glues and gesso. She often combines this with intricate cutting. The plates are sealed with varnish and then inked and wiped by hand before being passed through an etching press. She regularly uses multiple plates to create a richly coloured and textured limited edition print.
Hester has a BA (Hons) in Illustration and, although not purely illustrational, her prints have a strong sense of narrative reflecting her love of stories, poetry and folklore. Prices range from £30 – £600.
Hester exhibits regularly and teaches workshops for The Woodland Trust, ArtisOn Ltd, Rural Arts and North Yorkshire County Council. In 2011, she received an Extending Practice Award from Chrysalis Arts. This enabled her to work with Jane Sellars, curator of the Mercer Gallery, and curators at the Yorkshire and British Museums. She created a collection of prints as an artistic response to the Vale of York Viking Treasure Hoard. These were exhibited at The Mercer Gallery.
In 2012, Hester was shortlisted for the Flourish Printmaking Award and completed an artist’s residency at Ålgården Printmaking Studio in Sweden as part of the Connections North programme. She will return there to develop her printmaking in February 2014. Following an invitation by the North York Moors National Park Authority, Hester will exhibit a body of new work at the Inspired By… Gallery in November 2014.
Current methods of working: Public Commission, Collaboration, Community work, Education projects, Training