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I’m a dreamer, maker, designer, goldsmith, collector, biophile, citydweller living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. I approach the creative process as I would extensive research and trans-late my findings into all sorts of creations. With my work I try to make sense of things I don’t understand and question what might be considered obvious.  Here's my column!

WITH MEREL SLOOTHEER
Nature’s Way: Flow

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I used to envy animals for going into hibernation during winter. I’ve spent a lot of gloomy days feeling down and depressed while living a ’mole life’. Getting up before sunrise, coming home after sunset and the idea of a temporary state of total inactivity seemed an alluring and more natural alternative.

Luckily I found my way through this darkness, and I actually enjoy winter now appreciating its qualities and quirks. That change didn’t happen overnight though. I had to make some adjustments in my daily routine. Small steps which would result in a larger impact. Finally I became  able to welcome the seasons as they came.

The most effective step was walking in nature as part of my everyday practice. I never expected to gain so much from a simple stroll. But being able to see how nature handles the elements on a daily basis really changed my perspective of how to deal with the seasons myself.

Spring and autumn are my favorites, creating impressive colour pallets and gradients that I won’t even try to compete with. I love how nature is so active, generously sharing the concept of transformation and metamorphosis. Every year spring brings me buds of new hope, telling me it’s okay to start over and over again.

Autumn knows how to address a sensitive topic, showing me the beauty of transience. Both take their time gradually introducing the arrival of two more extreme siblings: summer and winter. They used to paralyze me, but I’m learning to embrace their outspoken properties. Considering them periods to slow down, contemplate and prepare.

The recurrence of the seasons is the biggest reassurance in my quest of finding my natural flow. A way to be alternately happily productive, and satisfied the whole year through. According to nature it should be possible to find this flow, but until I do, I’ll just keep walking.

I used to envy animals for going into hibernation during winter. I’ve spent a lot of gloomy days feeling down and depressed while living a ’mole life’. Getting up before sunrise, coming home after sunset and the idea of a temporary state of total inactivity seemed an alluring and more natural alternative.

Luckily I found my way through this darkness, and I actually enjoy winter now appreciating its qualities and quirks. That change didn’t happen overnight though. I had to make some adjustments in my daily routine. Small steps which would result in a larger impact. Finally I became  able to welcome the seasons as they came.

The most effective step was walking in nature as part of my everyday practice. I never expected to gain so much from a simple stroll. But being able to see how nature handles the elements on a daily basis really changed my perspective of how to deal with the seasons myself.

Spring and autumn are my favorites, creating impressive colour pallets and gradients that I won’t even try to compete with. I love how nature is so active, generously sharing the concept of transformation and metamorphosis. Every year spring brings me buds of new hope, telling me it’s okay to start over and over again. 

Autumn knows how to address a sensitive topic, showing me the beauty of transience. Both take their time gradually introducing the arrival of two more extreme siblings: summer and winter. They used to paralyze me, but I’m learning to embrace their outspoken properties. Considering them periods to slow down, contemplate and prepare. 

The recurrence of the seasons is the biggest reassurance in my quest of finding my natural flow. A way to be alternately happily productive, and satisfied the whole year through. According to nature it should be possible to find this flow, but until I do, I’ll just keep walking

Nature’s Way: Flow
WITH MEREL SLOOTHEER

I’m a dreamer, maker, designer, goldsmith, collector, biophile, citydweller living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. I approach the creative process as I would extensive research and trans-late my findings into all sorts of creations. With my work I try to make sense of things I don’t understand and question what might be considered obvious.  

Here's my column!

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