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 email@example.com
Another interesting read on Women in design: