Here at Dark Soles we are wanting to bring awareness to Autoimmune diseases and their lesser known symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
For as long as I can remember I have suffered from cold feet. Even in summer when the rest of me is warm, my feet are often cold.
In 2017 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder caused by hypothyroidism. With this disease, your immune system attacks the body’s own thyroid causing symptoms such as sensitivity to the cold, lowered heart rate and even anxiety and depression.
After coming to terms with a huge lifestyle change I first began drawing as a way to distract myself from all of the mental and physical challenges that come with having Hashimoto. Growing up in New Zealand has been a big influence for me and I couldn’t think of a better way to use my creative outlet than by combining my hate for cold feet with my love for the ocean. This is how Dark Soles was born.
Designing socks also allows me to embrace the fact that although symptoms of depression have faded, it seems that I am still sensitive to the cold.