After a long spell working in health services, Nester, or Esther Remnant, couldn’t help but take heed of the summons to soothe her creative urges. “I started lino printing as it was something I enjoyed way back in school, I loved it immediately, my passion was reignited!”
Esther is mad about the wild side of New Zealand nature, and birds and animals in general. These are her true source of inspiration, with a certain nostalgia for old children’s book illustrations. She captures the quirky, or at times elegant character behind these familiar creatures, who so often bring a bit of joy into our everyday lives. It’s these interactions that awaken the characters, and the story unfolds as she begins to sketch.
Nester prints from the old railway cottage at Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, which she shares with Karuna of Twill Textile Design. She works in lino print, drypoint etching and makes custom rubber stamps for local businesses. The press pictured is a stunning vintage 1903 table top press from Johnny Mulvay.
Nesters other favourite place to be is The Little Beehive Coop, a small shop and gallery in Nelson set up to connect local artisans and craftspeople.
Nester is currently exhibiting her prints at:
WOW museum, Nelson
Founders Hertitage Park, Nelson