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AOD and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka backs first Dutch-Sri Lankan Typography project in the country

AOD and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka backs first Dutch-Sri Lankan Typography project in the country

The first project of its kind to get support from the Netherlands’ Embassy inColombo, it is conceptualized by Akuru Collective and Mooniak founded by AOD Alumni Pathum Egodawatta and connects Sinhala and Tamil typographic evolution to the Dutch Press AOD and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands have announced its support to a groundbreaking project that strengthens Netherlands-Sri Lanka historical relations by using design as a medium.The project is the first typographic design centred initiative between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka with a deep significance to cultural diplomacy between the two nations. It aims to map out the influence...

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AOD Alumni Olivia Siriwardena; a vibrant voice for the future of Fashion Design

AOD Alumni Olivia Siriwardena; a vibrant voice for the future of Fashion Design

Meet Olivia Siriwardena, a young fashion designer working for MAS Linea Aqua who aspires to empower people through fashion and explore unseen possibilities in the design sphere. As a child Olivia was surrounded with great examples of bold decision making and independence. Her parents and grandparents were innovative thinkers and confident role models, inspiring her ever since she was young to be fearless and go after her dreams. She had the freedom and encouragement to explore various paths and found pleasure in making the simplest experiences more exciting using her imagination. This is the beginning of her creativity and the...

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Recognition in the UK for pushing design and creative innovation in Sri Lanka

Recognition in the UK for pushing design and creative innovation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Entrepreneur Linda Speldewinde receives British honorary doctorate  Linda Speldewinde known for pushing the power of design in Sri Lanka and incorporating creative innovation into the local economy—recently received a rare international honour from one of Britain’s most prestigious universities. Northumbria University UK presented the honorary doctorate to Speldewinderecognizing that a modern force of creative innovation with global relevance has been alight in Sri Lanka, bearing major significance to the international movement emerging in Sri Lanka.  The Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University UK–Professor Andrew Wathey in his invitation to Speldewinde to accept the award stated how "Each year, Northumbria University awards honorary degrees to...

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KÛR – Essence of Sri Lanka, soul of the global woman

KÛR – Essence of Sri Lanka, soul of the global woman

AOD Alumni Kasuni Rathnasuriya takes traditional Sri Lankan craft to the global sphere in New York Currently based in Manhattan, New York, Kasuni Rathnasuriya launched her brand, KÛR, in 2009 with the aim to provide an authentic women’s ready-to-wear brand. With its iconic handmade crafts including lace, KÛR caters to the contemporary woman on the go. Even from a younger age, while studying at Southlands College in Galle, Kasuni displayed a passion for a variety of areas such as being in the school Western band, Shakespeare drama team (which is a major drama competition in Sri Lanka), music choirs, and...

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