Esther Jane's Story
Esther Jane is a unique timber earring line designed and created by artist Alison Baker on the far south coast of NSW.
After a 20-year career in fine art, digital media, fashion, and interior design, in 2016 Alison turned her attention to a long-held dream: to bring her colourful and vibrant designs to life with a line of wearable art that is dynamic, sustainable and totally addictive.
The Esther Jane range is made in-store in beautiful Bermagui, combining traditional art practices with digital editing tools – that is, printing Alison’s one-off original designs onto sustainably sourced Australian timber using high-quality, water-resistant ink. The result is delicious, seasonal, lightweight earrings in an ever-evolving variety of shapes, sizes and designs, from big, bold statement pieces to subtle studs and sleek, minimalist pieces.
Each limited-edition collection captures a rich vein of the artist’s imagination and reflects the shifting palette of the world around her (she does live in paradise, after all). Across the Esther Jane range you can find creamy, translucent pastels beside stark primary colours, deep blue and vivid aquamarine against bright mustard tones and radiant reds, warm ochres and striking black and white. Patterns range from soft and organic to angular and bold, the unique grain of each piece of timber adding to every design.
It’s not just the texture that makes timber Alison’s material of choice; sustainability is a big part of the Esther Jane ethos. The hoop pine used to make each pair is an Australian native species, sustainably grown, sourced and manufactured in Queensland. It’s recyclable, biodegradable, uses less energy, chemicals and carbon to produce than other commonly used materials (see http://www.australply.com.au/about/about-hooppine for more information), and it’s so lightweight it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing earrings. Findings are made from Sterling silver, 14k filled gold, rose gold, niobium (nickel & lead free) and hypoallergenic surgical steel stud posts to ensure those with common metal allergies are taken care of.
So who are Esther Jane’s designs for? Well, literally everyone. We’re talking wearable pieces for anyone who wants to add a pop – or an explosion - of colour and imagination to their own unique style. This was Alison’s vision when she created Esther Jane (named after her beloved grandmother, herself a master craftswoman): a way to make art that becomes part of people’s everyday lives and helps them express themselves. Beautiful, comfortable, earrings that are as diverse and unique as the people who wear them.
You can browse the Esther Jane earring range here and find collections at a number of stores throughout Australia. Alison can also be contacted for wholesale enquiries.
Alternatively, you can find Alison in-store in Lamont Street, Bermagui, in her studio gallery, engrossed in configuring new designs and putting pieces together before your very eyes.