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Behind the Scenes with Victoria Bakir, madebywave Founder

When I travelled to Indonesia back in 2015, I had no intention of deciding on a new life path. But that is the beauty of spontaneity.

Discovering a New Homeland

I took this journey at a time in my life when I was feeling disillusioned in my role as a financial journalist. While I enjoyed my job very much, I felt the urge to truly reconnect with my creative side. As a former travel writer and keen photographer, I missed exploring different forms of creative expression.

I pursued a variety of courses in London including art, photography and interior design to discover different ways of moving forward. I was trying to find new, exciting ways to channel my creative energy.

As a travel aficionado, it wasn’t long before I decided to take my creative adventures global with a trip to Indonesia. During this journey, I instinctively decided to join a yoga retreat. Two weeks of deep concentration and intense stretching followed.

Artisan Techniques and Life Lessons

Once the retreat was over, I travelled through Indonesia with my eyes opened wider to the world around me. I soaked up the incredible atmosphere while gaining insights into a culture and people with customs so far removed from my own.

Their creative process was also like nothing I have ever seen before. There is such style, talent and passion behind every stitch. I was fascinated by the hundreds-year-old artisan techniques, the unbreakable link to ancient traditions and the intricate craftsmanship.

The Beauty of the Unknown

All of the beauty, mystery and magic that travelling provides is encapsulated within my brand. Since dedicating myself to madebywave full time, all of my creative thoughts, energies and ambitions are focused in one place.

I feel like my true self again and very lucky to be part of a venture that involves travelling, photography and discovery. Launching my brand in London on the Kings Road is a dream come true.

Many of us dream of leaving behind the 9-5 to follow our hopes and dreams. My story is proof that you can do so.

I would love to hear all about your creative dreams and aspirations. Tell me your story in the comments below!

Click here to stay in touch with madebywave on Instagram and come with us on our travels to exotic climes. And don’t forget to come down and meet Victoria at A Luxe Story Resort from 1-15 March at 340 Kings Road.

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