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Esther McIntosh

Esther McIntosh
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I consider myself to be investigating life. An explorer. Becoming a jeweller gave me an outlet for my findings. My work unsurprisingly focuses on human experiences, connections and emotions. My process begins with reflecting on my own human condition as well as the observations I make of others whether that be society as a whole or the individual journey of others. During the design process I explore my observations and pull conclusions from them, giving me fresh realisations which inform my work but also helps me grow as a person. Once I have a conclusion I develop how to best visually represent the finding and why. I explore the meaning of the material in relation to the concept and the function of the piece, how it is worn and again, why.

My largest body of work examined and responded to the modern human condition. I focused on communication and lack thereof. I questioned the effect of digital technology and highlighted the ‘loneliness epidemic’ we are experiencing. Anxiety, empathy and individualism featured heavily.

I am greatly intrigued by material potential. I relish experimentation and what might result. Any opportunity to work with a new material or technique is a valuable one. I work with copper, silver, steel, plaster, wood and resin and hope to add to that list as I move forward on my journey as a designer and maker.
2014 Handmade by Machines, Glasgow
2015 Womb, Boston, Massachusetts
2015 New Designers, London
2015 Edinburgh College of Art Graduate show
2019 Mutual Open studios, Edinburgh
Going for the Jugular
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Going for the Jugular
  • Jewellery
Alone together
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Alone together
  • Jewellery
Take a look in the Mirror
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Take a look in the Mirror
  • Jewellery
The ties that bind
  • Esther McIntosh
  • The ties that bind
  • Jewellery
Confined and unvarying
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Confined and unvarying
  • Jewellery
Say 'Ah'
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Say 'Ah'
  • Jewellery
Mirror me
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Mirror me
  • Jewellery
Labelled
  • Esther McIntosh
  • Labelled
  • Jewellery

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