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.
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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: Francisca Onumah

Francisca was part of In:Site 2014

The artists uses a hammer to stamp metal.

Artist: Jessica Hargreaves

Jessica was part of In:Site 2015

The artist crouches over a memorial stone as she takes a casting.

Artist: Ryan Dilkes

Ry was part of In:Site 2019

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

Artist: Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie was part of In:Site 2013.

A pine cone with gold decoration on a string.


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