“My dream has always been to have my own fashion and furniture line with my own designs. And of course to visit Disneyland!”
Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
I am an interior designer and artist. I was born and raised in Kuwait. I call myself an artist because I love art and am interested in anything related to art.
Tell us about your education.
I grew up in Kuwait schools and then went for 4 years to get my BA from the Art and Design college from a private university in Jordan. After this I came back here to Kuwait and took design and illustration software courses.
What is it exactly that you do?
I am a full time Interior Designer in a consultant company. In my free time I’m an artist.
What got you interested in what you’re doing?
I’ve always been interested in art, I like everything about it. I was one of the kids who was pretty sure what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I enjoy every single piece of art I do because it offers me the ability to show the world what I’m seeing and how I want to express myself to people. I think it was my mom who influenced my interest. She always wanted me to decorate my copybook with colours and flowers.
What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
By being different, every artist has their own unique and individual style. No-one else can draw my drawing for me. I put my doodle and drawings on everything; bags, shoes, dresses and photos as digital art.
Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
As an Interior Designer, I worked on myself a lot. I took courses and volunteered with some companies to get the experience. The struggle came when I lost my mom and my job. I tried hard to not lose the spirit of the art inside me and to find a better job and keep moving. Now I’m working as a consultant on one of the biggest projects in the Middle East (The Avenues Mall).
How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
My family has always believed in my passion. They helped me to draw and paint and I always got positive feedback from them.
Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
My mom is my greatest hero because she always believed in me. She was the strongest women.
My Prof. in college, Mr. Issam. He helped me a lot to improve myself on drawing and painting. He was always calling me the problem maker because I always wanted to be different from all of the other students on the projects.
My family because they are my support system.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
Interior Design has always been a challenging choice. I’m facing a lot of people every day, helping them to find solutions. Since I’m working on site there are a lot of challenges every day, such as safety issues and bad weather.
What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
Be curious and keep learning and searching. Believe in yourself and keep dreaming. I hear this every day.
How would your friends describe you?
The crazy, different artist.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love Crossfit, collecting anything unique and weird, and reading about science and technology.
What are some of your top achievements?
I experienced my top achievement when I worked as consultant interior designer. Also, this year I overcame my phobia of heights and went paragliding! Also, I created one cartoon character on my Instagram page telling stories in Arabic.
What are your plans or goals for the future?
My plan for the future is to do more digital art so I can put my drawings on everything.
How does it feel to have been chosen for this award?
I can’t express enough how happy I am for this opportunity.
Your message for other young and talented people out there.
Don’t hide your talent. Please share it with family with friends and on social media. Kuwait needs more of you!
Your favourite quote.
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious.