It has been a reflective year, one that has tested us, one that has been not only grounding for industry, but also a humbling experience for all. Whilst for some it was the end of a chapter, for others a new beginning. What we have witnessed is the strength of our collective adaptability, and the louder force of compassion steer us towards a future where everyone is heard and seen.
ACCIDA formed as a part of a personal realistion that in this cultural shift my experiences and abilities are a valuable lense. A perspective from a maker, one that nurtures the innovation, creative and conscious communities. As philosopher Alan deBotton has summarised in The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work - 'job satisfaction comes from seeing the results and impact of your productions on society'. It is with this reflection and long meditative introspection - prodding what is authentic to me, what do I do with my skills and where should I apply them without compromising my values? - that a vision of ACCIDA was formed.
The curation of ACCIDA is the love child of both my personal love of making art and also collecting it. As a minimalist and former collector ( I know, what a contradiction, let me explain) of antiquities, art and literature and a hedonist for innovative cuisine - I simply couldn't stand for objects in my environment ever being void of purpose. Art must be everywhere. The devotion to my collection was shown by using these pieces and building experiences with them, because appreciation isn't about possession.
We all do this in some way or another, whether we are conscious of it or not. We have a favourite chair that we like to curl up in, a mug we reach for every morning, shoes that make us feel tall and strong, lipstick that brightens up our face, our favourite blend of tea.....list goes on. In my journey to define this thought cycle, I came across Wabi Sabi philosophy. You may have heard or seen this as an art practice like Kintsugi, where broken items are mended with gold, or even represented aesthetically by Axel Vervoordt's application of it with his interior design. This train of thought drives ACCIDA, an appreciation of objects not because we can consume them but because we should have beauty and care in our surroundings. It is simply good for the environment, the mind and the soul.