As I was reflecting, I realized that I had to create my work. I came across a quote that resonates with this new state of mind " Be the change you wish to see in the world”. I had to find something close to my heart, something that felt natural for me to do. Not something the world already created where I had to fit myself in. It had to be something that I should create from scratch. That is when the idea of Talking Prints was born. A company that I put my own identity and values in. A company in which the motives are pure and real. And most importantly contributing to the world, by helping indigenous communities with not only a fair income but also giving them a sense of pride and confidence about their culture and being. We are creating awareness to the women but also to their children, grandchildren, husbands and the whole village.
Whenever Pékula and I visit the women and we drive back to Paramaribo we have such a big smile. The feeling of actually doing something good and making a difference is priceless. Then we say to each other that we are crazy for doing so much effort. But we do it because it makes us happy. And who wouldn’t be happy right?