“We can all help people if we really want to”, she goes on to say, “because the hand is magical and the way its synchronised with the body is beautiful. Our strengths and possibilities are limitless” she says. Her love for designing started back when she was in student council in Australia where she started designing clothes and loved to see people actually wear it giving her the confidence to design which today she uses to teach other people in need.
Dr. Azra conducts various workshops, the latest being with Elderly Emarati artisans who have been weaving and earning a living through hand work for over 30 years. With the support of the Khalifa fund, this initiative showcased Dr. Azra’s skills of modern practices on working with leather that they are not exposed to. Her face lights up even while talking about it; people are amazing in our community she says, “there is a lot of love and support”.
When asked about what inspires her, she says almost instantly, “everything”, there is beauty to be found in everything, “Nature is so powerful and we can all learn so much from it, whether I go far and travel for it or be near to home, it doesn’t matter it’s just so inspiring.”
She goes on about her trials and errors with her new fascination of the ancient practice of henna, turning it to her own take of using the hands as her canvas. “When I did one of my first henna designs I thought it would be horrible but at the end it was so beautiful, you just realise that you got to explore and have fun with it”.