Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspiration. Hester van Eeghen's Design Ideas

One of the things that I admire about Hester van Eeghen is that she is so attuned with her surroundings. When I have the pleasure of spending time with her I always notice how she lives in the moment and sees things I don't see. And she sees them in a different way, through her eyes as an artist, a designer, and a problem-solver.

"My senses are always active. Wherever I am I transform reality impressions into an object."
-Hester van Eeghen


Years ago, Hester was on holiday in Egypt, relaxing along the Nile, and the Felucca boats which have sailed there for centuries inspired her Felucca bag.

The Felucca


"My senses are always active. Wherever I am I transform reality impressions into an object," states Hester, describing her creative experience. "Sitting on the highest mountain with the view of all the different down hill slopes inspired me to make a wallet with all compartments in diagonal lines and in different colors." (the Diagonal Wallet). 

The Diagonal Wallet


"But the behavior of people can inspire as well as objects or beauty, like when I saw a harried woman in the bus trying to find her ticket and not being able to because of the huge size of her bag," Hester continued. "I imagined the perfect organized purse so that life becomes light and easy for her. So this constant awareness helps me to create and always have ideas!"

The Serpentine Bag


Inspiration is all around us. Hester just sees it more than most, and definitely in different ways in her imagination. I for one, can't wait to see what has inspired her next.

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