“Childhood memories can be very powerful. Years later we can still recall the green smell of resin in the pines behind the house, the rushing of water on dark grey stones in the riverbed where we played growing up. Impressions that shape our identity,” says Manouk Pekelder. She has captured the memories of her own formative years in Bhutan in a richly coloured room divider that brings together her Dutch and Bhutanese roots. The Bhutanese are masters of woodcraft, weaving and colour, the Dutch were pioneers of stained glass. The screen is made of red cedar wood, evocative of the Himalayas, with patterned colour panels that are based on traditional weaves as well as a contemporary take on stained glass.
‘‘The Bhutanese are masters in woodcraft, weaving and colour, the Dutch were pioneers with stained glass.’’