Throughout his life, especially during school, Mr Muhammad Asyraf Said has been made fun of and criticized for his face. The eldest of three siblings, Asyraf was born with a facial deformity due to an illness. However, Asyraf, 21, did not view these challenges as an obstacle. In fact, he has proven his abilities in various fields. “If anyone says I’m inactive, I can run and engage in physical activity. Nothing impedes me. Aside from my face, I am the same as everyone else,” he said. For his final-year project, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts student has drawn inspiration from his experiences.
Sewing as a form of therapy
About four years ago, Nuridah Rostam, the youngest of three siblings, found out that she had thyroid cancer. Since then, the 21-year-old Nafa student has to undergo regular check-ups and take medicines every day. “However, I’m still positive; at least I’m still alive and my illness does not affect me physically,” she said. For her final-year project, ‘Uncontrollable’, an embroidery project, Nuridah drew inspiration from her experiences. Nuridah, who viewed the creation of her work as a therapeutic process, said she also aimed to raise awareness about the challenges faced by patients like her through her work. Nuridah was one of the two recipients of the Woon Brothers Foundation Commendation Prize, and is also a recipient of the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award 2016.
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