Hi, I’m Esme Rose Marsh…I am a writer and artist currently living in Nottinghamshire, England.
Dolly Alderton once wrote: “I don’t want to boil down my identity to a concentrate to make myself easier to swallow.” I think that might be one of the best permission slips I have ever read for someone whose work cannot be contained within a single vocation. I’m going to keep that in mind as I write this About section of my website…
With my first press pass at 17, I grew up on the side of the catwalk interviewing designers and reporting at London Fashion Week for my now-defunct blog, louisvuittononthehook. By the time I was 18 I was named by the British Fashion Council as one of the top ten fashion bloggers of the season for my writing on Orla Kiely’s Autumn/Winter 15 collection.
Studying Fashion Journalism seemed like the natural next step and after graduating from the University for the Creative Arts in 2017, I jumped straight into a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism course in which I had just graduated.
the story so far...
In 2016 I transitioned my interests away from fashion and founded Hook Magazine, a print publication that uses spirituality as a lens to explore contemporary culture. Heralding its success as an indie publication, the magazine has been stocked everywhere from Hermès and Palais de Tokyo in Paris to The ICA and Treadwells Books in London; as well as selling to 15 different countries online.
Hook Magazine was the conduit to cultivating my distinct artistic style I have become renowned for. With influences of spiritualism and vintage domesticity, you’ll be hard pushed to find a piece of mine that doesn’t feature a retro lady marvelling at the moon! In December 2019, I took part in my first group art exhibition at The Bright Club, London. I am currently represented by Shiver Arts as well as Artsy, and have received press for my works in the likes of Akin and Metal Magazine.
With bylines for Restless, CONKER, Boshemia, Sister, Foundry and Achey Breaky Heart Zine, I have written on everything from #MeToo, sound healing and first love. In 2019 I became the Content Creator at The Coven Girl Gang in which I contribute blog posts, workbooks, resources and guides on all things business and entrepreneurship. I write a fortnightly newsletter where I house the words closest to my heart — in hope that someday they will be foundational to my work as a future author.