Traveling to India to create my first collection automatically brought along stepping out of my “normal”. Almost everything, from taking a shower, having breakfast, to means of transportation and timings, was out of my “normal”. Many experiences were rather frustrating, unpleasant to say the least. Break-throughs and new insights came along, each time I was able to let go of my “normal”, and accept a different point of view. Each time, I obtained new choices and new doors opened.
I explored the whole idea of “normal”. It is fair to say that our habits are only “normal” because that’s the way they got introduced into our world. But many of them aren’t normal at all. Not with any sense of imagination.
This brought me in touch with my need to be different and unique. I resisted the whole idea of “normal”, fully understanding that “normal” allows us to create some certainty and helps us orient ourselves in the complexity of reality.
When I looked around me, I was definitely not the “normal” one and attracted more attention than I would have wanted. It brought me in touch with a whole new set of judgments I held about myself. Acceptance of my uniqueness provided for some ease of mind, even though, what I was really after, was what we all have in common.
I found great joy in designing each piece of the collection as being unique and different. I felt blessed to encounter the most unique element of the whole collection; it’s precious reclaimed teak wood. It got reclaimed from very old Indian houses & carries within the Indian transforming soul.
After decades of becoming a tree, for many generations, this wood has served to provide shelter for many. Now, it got incarnated into a new life form, serving many others once more.
The overall choice of creating with nature’s purest ingredients automatically makes each piece of the entire collection unique and different. As they are all made out of nature, they also reflect what we all have in common.
“Each creation of the collection is made out of the same, but they are all incomparably unique and different, just like you and me.”
– Steven Pauwels.