Hester is a fine art printmaker, who works in screen printing using a range of different media; including photography, collage, and painting.
“I am currently working on a project about self portraits, with the idea of presenting self imposed masks to show the word a more nuanced view, looking both inwardly and outwardly at how we perceive ourselves and how others see us.”
This new project marks a departure from Hester’s previous work, dealing with environmental issues and natural forms. “With this concept I am wanting to experient with the layers of surface to form a dialogue of upper and lower elements, which incorporate the view of outside forces such as nature, people and opinion.”
“Teaching art and design showed me another side of the creative process. I learned about enabling other people to realise their own ideas, which I found liberating. It was also complicated because when problems arise they have to be part of the creative process and students need to be aware of this side of the creative process and accept that these ideas and concepts may not work and that this is not a bad thing. Learning from mistakes is often the real breakthrough in creativity.”
Hester is also a writer and poet, and working on gathering a collection of her existing body of work for publication.