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 nature of these familiar creatures, who so often bring a bit of joy into our everyday lives. The characters awaken, and the story unfolds.
Nester prints mainly in the traditional techniques of lino printing and intaglio, from her home studio in Nelson, which she shares with Karuna of Twill Textile Design. She also makes customised rubber stamps for businesses and gifts, does the odd bit of wallpaper and fabric design, book illustration and block printing on fabric. 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:
The little beehive coop 123 Bridge Street, Nelson.
Made it, 103 Victoria Street, Wellington
Zealandia, Karori Wellington.
WOW museum, Nelson
Founders Hertitage Park, Nelson