Today I have an interview with Annemiek Weterings who has created a swimwear line called Swanwear. Annemiek creates swimsuits for any shape as she creates and tailors each suit individually. She has started making post-mastectomy swimsuits which are funky, stylish and tailored.
Annemiek and I have come up with a fantastic summer giveaway competition by 28 February 2015. To enter:
- In the comment section below – in a few sentences – explain about why you want one of her amazing swimsuits (or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) and
- Like Swanwear and Breast Cancer Nirvana on Facebook
We will pick the best answer and give away a made to measure swimsuit made by Annemiek. Thanks so much Annemiek.
All about Swanwear : an interview with Annemiek
Tell me about what you do
I make swimsuits to measure
What is the philosophy behind your Swanwear swimsuits for women who’ve had mastectomies?
We are all individuals and have different parts of our bodies that we would like to accentuate and also parts of us we want to cover up. For women who have had mastectomies it is often a matter of aiming to create symmetry, to do this I stitch pockets into the lining of the swimsuit to accommodate prosthesis. I also often raise the necklines of the swimsuits to cover up scaring.
I would just like to give people the confidence to enjoy the water, wearing a swimsuit is the closest thing you’ll get to wearing underwear in public, no wonder we feel vulnerable and therefore don’t always enjoy swimming and the water.
How did you get involved?
I started making swimsuits about 10 years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter and I wanted a swimsuit that covered more of my body and was comfortable and practical. Then I started making them for family and friends and have gradually found the need for the made to measure service.
What inspires you about the work you do?
I really enjoy working with individual customers to create a piece especially to suit them, I am inspired by my customers.
What drives you to do this work?
I created my Swanwear business so that I could be a stay at home Mum. Being self employed means I have the freedom to do whatever is most important in a day, whether that be creating a swimsuit or going to one of my girls’ class plays. I work from home so I can get up early in the morning or work late if needed. I love my job!
What are the main messages you want people to hear about breast cancer?
I haven’t had breast cancer myself so it’s hard to comment here but I would love all women to be proud of their individual bodies no matter their shape or size.
I believe we are all beautiful and beauty really shines out of us when we feel good about ourselves inside. I think there is so much to enjoy about water and being at the beach, swimming, playing with the kids in the water, the feeling of weightlessness you get when you are in water gives you an opportunity to forget about your body, which I especially found good when I was pregnant.
What’s next for you in your journey?
I am working towards building the business up to a point where I can employ someone part time to help me sew the swimsuits and another person part time to help in my market stall.
I would really love to work with a textile designer to create some new fabric prints.
I will keep learning as I go and creating to suit the needs of my clients.
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