BIO - Salim Azzam



Coming from Bater, a small village in Lebanon, I am a Lebanese designer and Illustrator. I moved back to Lebanon in 2014 after completing a Masterís degree in Visual Communication Design in Canada. Throughout my graduate studies I realized that design for social change is more meaningful and that collaboration between designers and communities can serve as a source of positive energy and outcomes that can impact our lives. Since then I started using my design and illustration skills to document spoken traditional stories and local customs. This year, I am very excited to be part of the Starch foundation where I will be exhibiting these stories and customs in a new context, as local craftswomen will embroider my designs and illustrations themselves on shirts and dresses. Through handmade embroideries these women will be telling their own stories and sharing their own cultural heritage and values, with their own needles and threads, bringing the voice of the village to life in my very first fashion collection.