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.