Kind [pronounced Kint] is inspired by children.
My handmade collection is about celebrating the child in us, but remembering the ones who are denied a childhood. I believe that childhood is not just a developmental stage or a concept. It is a gift – that has profound effects on a person’s life, yet can be so easily taken for granted. Everyday, children all over the world become victims of trafficking, slavery, sexual exploitation.
They are tricked or forced to work in plantations, factories, restaurants and brothels. They are taken from their villages as child soldiers, they are bought and sold as commodities. There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in human history. 50% are children. Slavery is not a thing of the past. It exists worldwide (yes worldwide), but it is hidden. Most of us walk right past it without even batting an eye.
Through this blog and my handmade collection, I hope to bring awareness to the injustices that target children, and support the move to end modern-day slavery. I am also part of a collective of artists who use their art form to speak about injustice and support projects that help people get out of extreme poverty.
Thank you for taking time to read this.
(Currently living in Germany)