THE TEST OF TIME- ANNAFORA MANIFESTO

IN THE BEGINNING I HAD AN IDEA
I was 17 years young with a great deal of fire and passion in my system and I just wanted to express. 
The aspect of hiding in my creativity was the emphasis and I knew I couldn’t be who I AM in the place that I was.
I WANTED TO MAKE A MEANS FOR MYSELF BY CREATING FOR MYSELF WITHOUT OUTWARDLY BEING MYSELF
From this THOUGHT sprang a whole nuance of IDEAS and inspirations.
I came into knowing that the aim of my projects would allow me to move past the insecurities I absorbed in my early years and master my creative abilities- un-judged. I wanted this seed that I planted to focus on giving, circulating and balancing both my creative abilities and my moral aspirations. I wanted to propose a vision of the future and in vowing to create freely- I wanted these efforts to also give this ability to those I work with.
AND SO ANNAFORA WAS BORN
CREATING FROM SOURCE AND OPENING MYSELF UP TO NEW IDEAS WAS THE MOTIVATING FORCE BEHIND EVERY COLLECTION AND CREATIVE ENDEAVOR. AS A YOUNG WOMAN EXERCISING MY FREEDOM I GREW COMFORTABLE IN MY ABILITIES AND BROKE AWAY FROM ALL RESTRICTING ENERGY. ONCE I MADE IT OUT OF THIS PHASE LIFE OPENED UP A WHOLE NEW CHAPTER FOR ME 
ART AND CREATION BECAME THE NORM
 THE INSPIRATIONS I GATHERED ON MY WAY WERE LIFE CHANGING. SO MANY NEW FRIENDS WERE MADE AND LESSONS WERE LEARNED. ALL THOUGH THERE WERE SET BACKS ON THE JOURNEY, THEY ALWAYS CAME WITH POSITIVE CHANGES AND NEW HORIZONS. FROM BEING ON THE BEACH IN TUSCANY TO IN THE HOSPITALS IN ROME OR STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS IN TORONTO TO THEN BE THRIVING IN ETHIOPIA – IN THESE EXPERIENCES I LEARNT TO TEMPER MY EMOTIONS AND I CAME TO APPRECIATE THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE FOR WHATEVER IT BROUGHT MY WAY. I ALWAYS KEPT IN MY MIND AND IN MY HEART,
"THIS TOO SHALL PASS"
I  DEVELOPED MY STRENGTHS FAR BEYOND ANYTHING I EVER IMAGINED AND OPENED MY HEART FAR WIDER THEN EVER BEFORE. MY JOURNEY TOOK ME TO A PLACE OF SILENCE WHERE I WAS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH THE TRUE ROOTS OF MY BEING AND REIGNITED THE FIRES THAT MOTIVATED MY CREATIVITY  PASSIONS. ON THIS JOURNEY I WAS TESTED, SEVERAL TIMES, ON THE VALUE OF MY BEING AND THE VALUE OF MY VISION, ONLY TO REALIZE THAT  DEGRADATION OF SELF IS THE ENABLING FORCE THAT ALLOWS OTHERS TO DEGRADE YOU. WITH THIS I OFFER MY ADVICE; KNOW YOURSELF, KNOW YOUR WORTH- AND NEVER SETTLE FOR ANYONE ELSE’S VISION OF YOU. 
with this i have decided that my journey is not only mine. so i invite you to embark with me- through the creation- the lessons and the love as we explore the impact that IS
annafora-A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK INTO THE JOURNEY OF A YOUNG DESIGNER AND THE CREATION PROCESS OF our COLLECTIONs. 
MADE IN AFRICA | MADE IN ETHIOPIA| made with love
A warm thank you goes to the ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL for sponsoring the journey thus far