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What you see is a scarf billowing in the wind: Beautiful colors, hand painted in bright reds, sunny yellows, deep greens. What you feel is the lighthearted, opportunistic momentum of Amsterdam. Anything is possible in this city and I’d like to think that my scarves bring a positive confidence to the people who wear them.

Anything is possible in this city and I’d like to think that my scarves bring a positive confidence to the people who wear them.

At least, that’s how my scarves make me feel, but under the surface of these beautiful scarves there is a story. My story isn’t exactly one of sunshine and lollipops…

I was born in Uganda and quickly diagnosed with a genetic disorder called sickle cell anemia. I lost two siblings before they were 5 to the same illness. In 2004, at the age of 16, I decided to move to the Netherlands, as I had no surviving family left. the first months after arriving in the Netherlands, I lived in more than ten different cities. Moving from asylum centers into foster homes, only to find that my illness was too much to handle for anyone. In order to get the medical attention I needed, I was moved into a Children’s Hospice. During my three years at the hospice, I decided to take charge of my life, and decided to finish high school.

Moving from asylum centers into foster homes, only to find that my illness was too much to handle for anyone. In order to get the medical attention I needed, I was moved into a Children’s Hospice. During my three years at the hospice, I decided to take charge of my life, and decided to finish high school.

By putting one foot in front of the other and with the support of an exceptional Dutch medical team, I was eventually able to leave the hospice and move into the first place of my own; a small apartment on the Cliffordstraat in Westerpark, Amsterdam. I continued my studies and pursued an education in business and management.

Throughout these years, I used drawing, painting and designing to help me through the pain. This art, for me, yielded little colorful patterns that would come to be my sunlight at the end of a very dark tunnel.

The designing, drawing and creating quickly became more than a hobby.When I recently lost my job working in the banking industry, I decided to turn my little side project into a full-time occupation. I realised that this was a way of telling my story – as if every single scarf I make is hand-painted and embedded with a little bit of my own perspective.

For me, the scarf is like a talisman; a token of good luck and good fortune. It is a symbol. If you wrap this around your neck, this simple beauty will enhance the best of you. It will show you just how far a positive spirit and believing in yourself can take you.

I hope you enjoy wearing these scarves, as much as I enjoy making them!

 

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