|About the Author: My name is Willemijn and I am a 19 year old girl from the Netherlands. From age 12 to 17 I hid my stutter, which forced me to express myself in other ways than speech. This is one of the reasons why I started making art. I’m currently studying design at artschool, and trying to be more open about my stutter. I do this by talking about it and making art or videos. Connecting with other people who stutter really helps me as well, and I’m hoping to go to international stuttering conferences in the future.|
I wanted to draw something that is fun to look at, while also spreading awareness about stuttering. I drew all the things that came to mind when I think about stuttering, positive and negative. I chose to make it into a ribbon shape, with our stuttering awareness color. Take a good look and you’ll find our struggles and strengths, from being afraid to speak your mind, to having a community to be proud of. Can you relate to the things I drew, and do you have some additions about what stuttering means to you?
When I look at it, it makes me and proud of being a person who stutters.
People are free to share it, as long as they include my name somewhere 😉
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