It seemed only appropriate to share this question with you after a weekend in Sydney for Semi Permanent. I would love to hear your thoughts and responses too.
What are your thoughts about the female creative landscape right now? Do you think women face similar challenges in art and design that statistics point to in other career paths? - Rob
People quite often ask me my thoughts about the female creative landscape and females vs males in the design industry, often implying that males somehow have greater opportunity. I don't think that this is the case at all, I think out of any industry the creative industry is the most balanced and I don't really consider the "female creative landscape" as much as I consider it as a whole that includes both sexes. In general I think that the creative arena is a positive place, and when encouraged we choose to support and help each other. As a lot of us work in studios or at home dealing with clients worldwide via email, phone or Skype, success is very much based on the quality of our work and folio - we are not working in huge corporations wearing a skirt in an office full of suits, we can show the world what we wish through online presence, and most the time it may only be our names that give away our sex (although in my case my work is obviously by a girl!). The creative community supports those who are in it who work hard, and respect is given for your skill and attitude, it is not based on who you know, your sex or who you shmooze. We can find biggest challenges in the way other industries respect our product, time, and the value our work can bring to their brand/product, but overall I think it is a great time to be part of creative industry.
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