Hello! My name is Esther and I am running Dark Echoes solo since 2018, fulltime since July 2019.. I am from The Netherlands and live in England since 2011. My love of all things creepy, morbid and macabre started from a young age. I have always been fascinated by life, death and art. I am self taught without any art degrees and continue to teach myself new things and techniques every day. Whatever idea is in my head, I try my best to make it visible. At events you'll meet my husband too, who takes me and Dark Echoes on the road.
I've started in the right beginning of 2016 setting up my first shop, Magick Willow Designs. I've made all sorts of different things, started making mini herb bottles and little sculptures. Later on I've started to make mixed media canvases, frames and cabinets, upcycled bottles, a tiny bit of bone art and jewellery. This was basically a trial run for me, and I've learned a lot and gained lots of different kinds of customers.
During this time I've also found my true calling and I've felt it was time for a change.
My love for dead things started a long time ago, but I started collecting wet specimens a few years back. I've preserved my own as well. Then the skull and bone collecting started and grew out to creating art out of remains as of today. And last but not least, I've taught myself how to preserve and set butterflies and insects.
I see the beauty in death, and love expressing that in my art. I've started something that suits me and even my personality more, and this is something I am comfortable with. It might be dark and just like a lot of us, I deal with darkness too which I put to good use in my work. There is a meaning and a reason behind everything I make.
My items have a Gothic and Victorian twist, as I am fascinated by these interesting and inspiratonal time eras. Getting inspiration for me can happen at any moment of the day.
This website will have a range of a lot of different handmade products, I create bone art, entomology art and love upcycling objects. No matter what, what you will see here is unique, locally, responsibly and ethically sourced, odd and wonderful. There might be a piece that is calling to you......why not have a look!