I am Esther Femmigje Heslinga, I design stained glass, bowls and art objects. I am graduated on glass art and I followed my heart and started a glass art studio. I found the ocupation where I could bring my whole heart in and I do it with much joy.
I have learned on younger age that life is precious and that walking on this earth is not a random thing, something that you can take for granted. At the age of 5 years old I experienced a terrible traffic accident in which I almost lost my life. After being hit while on my bicycle, I ended up under the wheel of a mope. A miraculous thing happened: I survived and I came back to consciousness and the only remembrance of this event was a significant scar on my left cheek, some bruises here and there, and an experience that goes beyond this world.
A scar on your face is not something you can hide, you learn in time to accept it and then to embrace it. Though the story behind the scar is what I kept safe within me for a long time. A few years ago, it couldn't longer be kept, it needed to bloom. With a lot of courage and determination and an open heart, I started a journey within, once more. I can say out loud, I had a near death experience, I experienced a wonderful journey on the other side.
I have learned something very important there, and that is purpose. It also brought me further into spirituality and closer to God. In the summer of 2011, I walked the pilgrimage route to "Santiago de Compostella". It was the beginning of a transformational journey, and it brought me so much new inspiration and insights towards life that it greatly influenced my work.
My calling in my life and in art is:
" I would like to inspire you and make you aware of the beauty of life and of yourself. "
I remember an intensive moment during my pelgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella, the road was long and harsh and lonely, My water run out and the heat was inbearable. I started crying and fell down to the earth, I stayed there for a while feeling scared and helpless. I could have stayed there forever and waiting for someone to pass by and help me to get up. Instead I stood up, took my heavy bag and kept going. It took me another couple of hours before reaching my destination, It is a small challenge compare to other ones I had during my life. Though it always reminds me that change starts within, within a broken, doubting, scared, fearful <-> healing, confident, overcoming, daring heart♥
My work can be described as freedom; intuitive art inspired by stories, emotions and symbolized in colors, figures, and lines. My art is very vibrant, detailed, and has a life on his own. There is always a message, a reason hidden in my art, I will always do my best to create something that has the power to touch and enlighten your soul.
The art forms I use are:
· glass art stained glass, fusing, engraving, painting
· painting watercolor, pastel
· photography landscape, potrait
· wood painting, engraving
Most of the time I try to combine many art forms into one art product, to give and create a unique experience.To give an idea: the' Light within' and the ' I wish' collection are a combination of many forms .
If you have any questions or want to know more about my art and my experience,
don't hesitate to write me.
I would love to hear from you