FARES is a fashion designer with 8 years experience in couture- and confection techniques. He is working hard to become an independent fashion designer, and at the moment is following drawing classes through the community of Makers Unite. He is also working together with Philine Zinnicq Bergman (Atelier Phi) on developing and producing a new clothing collection.

NOUF gives theatre all her heart. She is a theatre and costume designer, but also has experience as a make-up artist. And, secretly, she also loves to act herself, because then she can run her big imagination wild living different lives at once. And she also likes to read plays – as we said, she covers all aspects of the theatre world.

ABDUL is still a student, as he wasn’t able to finish his school in his home country. He is now orienting on how to continue my studies, but has been learning a lot of Dutch already super fast! He has been a great help to Makers Unite in the production sessions of the first program. If you are  at one of our community events, he’ll probably be there as well!

FAHED is a painter with extensive knowledge of art history and painting restoration. In his work, he uses techniques that the old masters he admires also use. Fahed would love to learn more about the Dutch world of museums and museology – preferably in the form of an opportunity where he can use his expertise in restoration and conservation.

MAZEN is an artist and a graphic designer. He has been a great help in our first program as he prepared and shot all personal videos of the participants. He also was the first to participate in the artist in residency collaboration with Kunstfaam, together with Yazan. Makers Unite connected him to D2 where he now works as a graphic design intern.

NOOR is a freelance artist with a passion for fashion and accessories design. She originally studied engineering, but is now looking to professionalize her passion in creative design. Besides making jewellery, she works with various material such as charcoal, ink, and acrylic paint. Noor would love to become a tattoo artist, or learn more about professional product design.

BATOUL studied architecture, and participated in the second edition of the Kunstfaam art-residency. There, she found that she needed more space and experience to learn how to express her artistic ideas. Although she still wants to study architecture to be able to make this her profession eventually, she is also looking for additional training and opportunities to learn more about art and creative expression.

YAZAN is a sculptor, mostly working with stone and metal. He is always looking for expanding his professional network here in Holland and to meet other art professionals. Yazan participated in various Makers Unite events, such as a workshop in Paris with locals and newcomers, and, just like Mazen, the Kunstfaam residency. 

NOUR EDDIN is a cook, who makes both Syrian and Western dishes. He learned how to cook in kitchens of hotels, restaurants and hospitals, and blew everyone away at our last event together with BNO.  He is looking for more cooking experience as broad as possible – as long as he can be in a kitchen preparing delicious food that makes people happy, Nour is satisfied.

MAHER studied mechanical engineering, but has a very diverse creative portfolio. Besides his career as a Syrian rapper, he is also skilled in graphic design, illustration, sound design and video editing. His dream job would be in construction engineering, maybe combining his studies with his creative passions. Therefore, he wants to learn more about creating small machines (such as working with robots or new modes of transport). He is also interested in improving his knowledge on music and sound (playing music as well as sound engineering).

MUHANNAD has a diploma in business management, and has over 10 years of experience as a reception manager on various fairs and conferences. Next to that, he also writes poems – in Arabic and English.  He would love to continue his profession here in the Netherlands through an opportunity within event organisation and management. For his poems, he is looking for possibilities to publish or perform them – and if people speak English fluently, he is also eager to improve so he can express his thoughts even better.

YASER is a hairdresser and a woodcarver, making  frames (for paintings and mirrors), tables and chairs. Makers Unite connected him to Barbara Kletter of Atelier aan de Gracht, where he is improving his 3D skills and learned to work with sculpture wax. His dream job would be to have his own company in either of these two professions. He would love to learn more about haircutting for women, as well as make-up art.

MUSTAFA  has a background in industrial automatisation, with 3 years of experience in computer reparation, both hardware and software. He would love to continue his professional experience in this direction, studying or acquiring more knowledge of computer programming through an internship. Next to that, he also writes Arabic novels, where he mixes real-life experiences with fictional details into a story.

MOHAMMAD was the owner of a metalworking company, where he produced large industrial machines such as stone crushers and bulldozer blades. In the future, he would love to set-up a company that transports these machines to Lebanon and Africa. He is interested in the industrial sector here and is looking for a place where he can put his knowledge of his job into practice.

SOURIA is a translator. She can translate both Arabic to English or Dutch and the other way around. She has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and  helped Makers Unite with translating  the entire website – in no-time!  Currently she is working as a teaching assistent at Leer Arabisch and loves to teach her native language to Dutchies.

RASHAD is a tailor. He learned his skills growing up in the family business. Makers Unite connected him to Tatteljee, where he is now in training to make custom tailor projects. In the future, he would love to study into the direction of IT.

NASAM is a sculptor from Syria, on a continuous search for capturing beauty into visual artworks. She works with materials such as clay, bronze, wood and metal.  As an artist, she did various exhibitions and she also has teaching experience as an Assistant Professor at Damascus University. 


OSAMA studied accountancy and has over 3 years experience as a digital accountant. He is looking for some more experience in his area, through an internship for example. At the moment, he is preparing for his Dutch diploma.

MOHAMED is a music teacher and a photographer with 4 years of experience. He loves to both take and edit photos, using photoshop. That’s also why we asked him to make the very portraits you are know looking at! He would like to continue his passion for photography here in the Netherlands and get some more experience.

MARWA is an interior designer and illustrator. Apart from her university degree in interior design, she also has freelance experience in graphic wall painting and portraits. After doing an internship at Ymere / Podium for Architecture, she is now working on the completion of her Master’s. She would also love to do a second internship to get more professional and practical experience.

AYHAM is focusing on his Dutch studies at the moment. After this, he is looking to study IT. He has mostly experience in hardware, and a little bit in programming, but would love to learn more  about software and coding. 

MARINA is an illustrator and painter. She as a lot of experience workign as a art teacher for children. For her illustrations, she likes to work with several different media and materials. In her expereience as a freelancer she also illustrated stories for magazines. She is now looking for an art related professional experience. 

DANA is a teacher, now looking for a professional opportunity teaching in primary school. She loves taking care of children and is always motivated to learn new skills. While learning Dutch, Dana believes that the best opportunity is to be able to work in her professional field.

FADI is an accountant.

AMMAR is a designer with expertise in digital embroidery. He also loves to draw and cook. In the future, he would love to buy is own embroidery machine and start his own company. He has a wide experience within tailoring – if you’re looking for repairing your curtains, shoes, or clothing: he is your man! And if you have one of our laptop sleeves, he is probably the one that sewed the logo on there. He is now looking for a Dutch course in embroidery or tailoring.

CARL is a filmmaker, and is now preparing to study at a film school in the Netherlands. Carl started out with photography, but soon found out that he needed film to express his ideas. He mostly works with Hetfilm4 express and DaVinci Resolve to make work. He is looking to expand his knowledge on film hardware and camera functions, either through a course, an internship or another professional experience.