Artist: Esmé Naylor

An abstract form.

Rubus Thicket.

BA 3D Design & Craft, Jewellery & Silversmithing
University of Brighton

Esmé is a jeweller and multi-disciplinary craftsperson.

Esmé’s practice connects to the natural world, exploring ecological issues and the relationship we have with our own environments. Working mainly in precious metals and using the ancient process of lost wax carving, Esmé makes jewellery and decorative pieces. Her work is inspired by the beauty she finds in objects and natural forms gathered for her ongoing collection of found, precious and curious items: rocks, shells, bees found in the street, metal objects and antique photographs. Her recent work is a collection of jewellery examining the idea of wilderness within rural and urban spaces in a 21st century context, encouraging us to see, value and protect the scarce patches of wildness that remain.

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Root type forms.
An abtract metal form made of twisted branchlike forms.
An abstract form.
A small branch shaped brooch.

(Bottom row, left to right)
Rubus Hollow Pendant
Windswept Branch Brooch

In:Site 2022

Esmé is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Esmé Naylor’s project, Lichen of Cathedral Square, drew attention to the beauty, colour, texture and pattern of the often overlooked lichen growing in the Square. Churchyards are of great importance to the preservation of lichen, with many of the lichens we see being as old as the gravestones they grow on. Using jewellery and silversmithing techniques, Esmé invited people to create a metal artwork inspired by this wonderful organism.

The view over a person's shoulder, holding a paintbrush in one hand and a blow torch in the other. Small cut out shapes of metal rest on a heat mat.
a collection of small shapes cut from metal sheet

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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