Esther Montero is a self taught artist living in a small village near Cambridge. Originally from Spain, Esther came to England many years ago following a career in science. Growing up in a family of professional dressmakers and avid crafters fuelled her love for making and creating from an early age, and she always felt a special attraction to the colours, patterns and tactile nature of fabrics.
She discovered textile art in 2018 and it quickly became her passion, and a year later Esther decided to dedicate her efforts to learn and develop a textile art practice. Her work consists mostly of fabric collage, hand embroidery and free-machine stitching, but she also like to experiment occasionally with mixed media techniques.
An important element of Esther's art is the provenance of materials. Being conscious of the vast environmental impact of textile waste, she aims to use only recycled and repurposed materials, mostly from old clothes, linens and home furnishings.
Although not exclusively, she is particularly interested in figurative art and portraiture, finding inspiration all around her, and often in the art world. One of her areas of focus is reinterpreting Esther's favourite artist’s paintings into fabric collages, e.g. from Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani and Alphonse Mucha. She am also working on developing her own style of figurative art, looking to portray the human connections, emotions and experiences that capture her imagination.