Emily Besser


Emily Besser is an artist who loves to paint, draw and make jewellery. She collects old glass and vintage plastic beads to make one-of-a-kind rings, brooches, necklaces and earrings.

“Making jewellery brings me back into my body, and it’s all about expressing joy through colour and texture.”

 Becoming a mother afforded Emily the privilege to go back to working and making with her hands, after 10 years of being a lawyer.



What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?

As far back as I can remember I was making things; my earliest memories are of drawing and collaging in scrap books and sewing with my mother and grandmother.
My mother is creative and is always making something beautiful whether it be a meal or a quilt.
Seeing my mother and grandmother put so much energy and love into the creative process made it a natural thing for me to emulate and feel confident in doing.

Describe the last thing you made?

Today I made three things: dinner for my family, an abstract collage from a National Geographic magazine and an oil pastel drawing.

What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?

The beginning, always the beginning. I really have to push myself to finish things. And when I do finish, it's an especially nice feeling.

Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?

@sepiasiren (Paula do Prado)
@unnaturaljeweller (Melinda Young)
@tinytrappings (Michele Morcos)

What's next on the horizon for you?

To dive deeper and take my time with whatever I am making, doing or seeing.
I just moved to London for 3 years so I'm relishing just being here. I've set up a studio space in my kitchen and am enjoying how this has altered my art-practice.