Set roles. Ideals. Perfection. I never fully understood the need for all the norms we feel like we have to conform to on a daily basis if we want to belong.
Gender norms. Style. Opinions. It feels like the world is continuously bombarding us with what we're supposed to love and how we're supposed to be. Even when we try not to, they still seep through, exhausting us in the pursuit of these perfect shapes we're told we need to follow.
For some of us though, blending in, doesn't feel right. There are times when we feel too tall for these moulds. Sometimes when we don't completely fill them, while others when we're not completely shaped right. But, daring to look beyond them pushes us to create our own individual shape. One that stands straight and perfect in its colourful uniqueness. I chose to let myself get carried away by instinct in this collection. I dared to "dream six impossible things before breakfast" and created a perfect merge between my opposing sides to showcase their contrasting facets.
Each gem demanded its own wildflower to impress the world. While playing with our notions of feminine and masculine, should or shouldn't, I carved strong metal structures in the fluid delicate shape of leaves to create large imposing flowers dedicated to protecting sharp but fragile natural gemstones. While not ideal, they chose to be perfect just as they are. Their energy is unmistakable.