Talking to 26-year-old Dutch freelance floral designer Dennis Kneepkens is like reading the script of a movie. In 2012, he traded the capital of Holland for a somewhat unexpected place: Kudistan, Iraq. Despite the harsh environment, the cultural differences and the loss of his beloved father during his stay in the country, Dennis always kept his positivity and his passion for the craft.
“People don’t usually think of Iraq as a place to start new businesses, specially not one that involves high end flowers and lifestyle products”, Dennis explained. “I have a high interest in working with other cultures. Meeting new people who have a different way of living inspires me to try and think outside of the box. Even though it is not always easy, it is those new experiences that make my work more diverse and help me keep being creative.”

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