Growing up in Hong Kong I was always very fascinated by people's improvisations and clever use of found objects around them, especially back in the day when it was a fishing village, people were very resourceful and keep every material they find for future use. After I saw a collection of photos that captured people's clever solutions in Hong Kong - 'Informal Solutions' documented by the brilliant photographer Michael Wolf, I decided to do so myself too.
Photos taken by Michael Wolf - 'Informal Solutions'
Here are some photos I took of market set ups both in Hong Kong and London, market stalls are fascinating places because you see a lot of improvisations and clever use of objects that we never thought before. And day after days of setting the market up and taking it down, they've found many ways of making their lives a little bit easier with simple and inexpensive solutions.
Portobello Road Market, London
East Side Market, London
Shut Shui Po Markets, Hong Kong
More photos to come.
This is my first ever blog post on my website and I want to talk about something I felt close to my heart! Which is: Women in the design and makers world.
Couple of weeks ago, I exhibited along side 100 designers at the Young Furniture Makers' Award Exhibition. During the exhibition, I saw a beautifully made sidetable with a Rosie the Riveter inspired detailing. Next to it, I picked up a leaflet by the designer that says "This girl makes." with lovely illustrations of woodworking tools and a little manifesto that says:
"We are an on and offline community of designers and makers that celebrates and promotes women in craft and design. We do this by offering practical and reflective workshops, DIT kits, printed publications & more." - This Girl Makes.
I felt so happy and warm hearted to see this as I feel like changes need to be made and finally we're seeing this happening! (Check her out- this-girl-makes.com)
As a female designer and maker, I constantly question this male dominated industry. I see many of my fellow course mates are female, did they not manage to make it to the design world? What happened?
Looking into statistics about women in this industry.
The UK's design workforce is 78% male.
Product & industrial design is 94.7% male.
Architecture is 80% male.
(*Check out - https://www.design-can.com/ for more statistic info.)
Why are women the minority in this industry? I think education and representation are key.
We need more women and girls know that they CAN make it to the design industry.
They CAN be industrial designers. They CAN be architects. They CAN be material designers.
They CAN be furniture makers and designers.
And yes it is hard to make it in the design industry, but when women stand together instead of tearing each other down, it's going to make the journey slightly easier.
Representation is needed. Your voice need to be heard.
So if you are a maker, designer, artist, teacher or someone that wants to contribute to a printed edition of This Girl Makes, send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Another interesting read on Women in design: