JM: Esme, what has been your inspiration with this collection?
EP: I am inspired by urban city landscapes, modernist and brutalist buildings, graffiti, road markings etc. I like to take inspiration from the urban landscape that otherwise people would ignore. I can often be inspired by barbed wire or scaffolding.
JM: How do you approach the making process?
EP: I take many photos, sketch quick line drawings and make paper and card models until I am happy with the construction. I then start building the forms in silver.
JM: What other materials do you use?
EP: I prefer to work in silver because it enables me to enamel the pieces in bright opaque colours. Sifting gives me a spray effect which replicates the effects of graffiti.
JM: Have you always worked with enamel?
EP: During my first year at UCA (University for the Creative Arts) Rochester on my silversmithing and goldsmithing course we had the good fortune to be taught enamelling by Louise O’Neill. I found her to be extremely inspiring.
I experimented and played with traditional enamelling techniques until again we had the very inspiring enameller Jessica Turrell to teach us on a short course.
JM: Do you spend much time testing enamel colours?
EP: I have my favourites but am always open to trying out new colours and I experiment with different size meshes until I am happy with the effects and results.
JM: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
EP: I would very much like to exhibit abroad such as SOFA in the USA. Presently I am an artist in residence at Edinburgh University. I have access to all the facilities at the University and also space to work alongside teaching and helping the first and second year B.A. Students.
Having worked with these students I have realised that I would like to teach on a more permanent basis. I would also consider doing a Masters degree in the future but first I would like to consolidate my current work to see where it takes me.