Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, 31, Emirati
Title of work: ‘Power of Transformation’.

Can you explain the concept behind your idea?
I decided to create a Japanese kimono with the skateboard as a belt that would mirror my thoughts. I painted the great wave off Kanagawa on one end of the belt, which signifies sadness, fear and trauma. On the other end I portrayed the positive aspect of life: the Japanese cherry blossom that represents happiness and the transitory phase in life.

What did the skateboard look like when it was first given to you?
The skateboard featured cartoon drawings of a dog and a little boy [left], but the image had been worn away. In order to create a belt that would curve on the waist I had to cut the board into 25 pieces in different sizes. I also reduced the height of the board and made it curvier.

What materials did you use?
For my kimono I used a hot pink crêpe silk, with thread embroidery for the cherry blossoms. I painted my skateboard with acrylic and gold paint. I also used bridal satin to hold the skateboard together.

Can you skate?
I would love to learn, but I’m too scared!

Why do you think street culture, such as skateboarding, is so important to society?
It’s very important to have this type of street culture in our city as it helps engage our youth in a healthy sports activity that keeps them active, focused and out of trouble.