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Artist's StatementI am a self taught artist living in a small village near Cambridge. Growing up in a family of professional dressmakers and avid crafters fuelled my love for making and creating from an early age and I always felt a special attraction to the colours, patterns and tactile nature of fabrics. When I discovered textile art a few years ago it quickly became my passion, and, since then, I have been learning and developing a textile art practice.
My work consists mostly of fabric collage, hand embroidery and free-machine stitching, and occasionally mixed media. An important aspect of my work is the provenance of materials. Being conscious of the vast environmental impact of waste fabrics, I aim to use only recycled and repurposed materials, mostly from old clothes, linens and home furnishings, or anything that I can save from going to landfill.
Although not exclusively, I am particularly interested in figurative art and portraiture, finding inspiration all around me and often in the art world. One of my areas of focus is reinterpreting my favourite artist’s paintings into fabric collages, e.g. from Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani, Alphonse Mucha and, more recently, Joaquin Sorolla. These are generally colorful fabric collages full of intricate details.
I am also working on developing my own style of figurative art and portraiture. Some of my most recent works are hand embroidered portraits, looking at line, light and shadows, and exploring different embroidery stitches, to create unusual contemporary portraits.
Art SubjectsPortrait, Figurative
Art Materialsembroidery, recycled, cotton
Esther Montero's Portfolios
Hand embroidered portraits
A collection of artworks where I recreate my favourite artists' paintings with fabric and stitch.
A play with fabric
In this collection I experiment with various techniques to apply and manipulate the fabrics in order to achieve different effects and textures for my portraits.