I am Esther Femmigje , I design unique stained glass and glass art objects. I also write poetry, paint and love taking pictures. I graduated on glass art and I followed my heart and started a glass art studio. I had a glass studio for several years in the Netherlands then, in 2019, I emigrated to France. Together with my husband we moved to a lovely village called Val-de-Virieu, in the province of Isere. There, I felt new inspiration and a sense of belonging, a place to call home.
I have learned on younger age that life is precious and that walking on this earth is not random, or 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. A miraculous thing happened: I survived and came back to consciousness, with a significant scar on my left cheek, only some bruises here and there, and an experience that goes beyond this world, I had a near death experience, an amazing lighted 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 unbearable. 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, to celebrate you.
The art forms I use are:
· glass art stained glass, fusing, engraving, painting
· painting aquarel
· 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 .
To know more about my near-death experience, I created a stained glass called 'The center', after the passing of my brother.
It tells the story of grief, hope and rebirth, and most of all the promise of love.
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,