Continuing the Our Daughters Series is Sophie - maker, creator and badass welder of swords and dinosaurs. Sophie and I first met when she came to stay at my hotel in India and from the off I knew she was a keeper. We got to have a coffee and a catch up the other day and her bold, infectious determination, the way she embraces life and her absolutely magic sense of humour make her my kind of girl crush <3
To be a woman is a beautiful, monumental and powerful thing. It is also terrifying.
I am an Art fabricator, set builder and prop maker - in less fancy terms, I make things for a living. I started my career prop making, mainly creating fake weapons (that looked incredibly real!) for films. Big, high budget films and TV series, like James Bond: Spectre and Game of Thrones. I can replicate any object through mould making and casting. Who knew that was even a job?! I remember on my first day I visited one of the largest armouries in England. I looked at all these weapons and thought WHAT is going on.....
Now I predominantly spend my time welding, covered in grease with a dirt moustache - it's not a sexy look! I work on large scale construction projects such as theatre sets, public sculptures or window displays which has sparked many interests in architecture, interior design and engineering for me. These are definitely paths to explore in the future. I have also worked on sets for fashion shoots/editorials, repaired a life sized dinosaur model on a mini golf course, de-installed exhibitions and once I assisted with building an interactive installation at Glastonbury Festival. Life has been one big unpredictable adventure so far, that's for sure!
I'm proud of myself for making a living from being creative, I am lucky to have the freedom and the opportunities to have followed an unusual and empowering pathway, although at times I struggle with the insecurities of being freelance. If I want children in the future this will present difficulties and regarding sexism - the struggle is real. Depending on where I am working I often find myself the only female on the team and for the most part the only female welding, meaning that delivery men often double take me when I lift my welding mask up! On a serious note, on many occasions during my career I have been patronised or felt that I have had to prove myself, more so than my male colleagues. Oh and the pay gap is an actual real life thing.
Negative vibes over.....
I'm a dreamer, an adventurer; in awe of the ocean. This is a shout out to all the Goddesses and Queens out there - your strength inspires me daily. It is absurd that women do not often have the freedom to dream, to live in safety, to have choices and for their voices to be heard. If I could, I'd spend my life whiling away the hours listening to other people's stories, laughing.
It is so important to listen. To really listen.
'Someone can be madly in love with you and still not be ready. They can love you in a way you have never been loved and still not join you on the bridge. And whatever their reasons you must leave. Because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge. You never ever have to convince someone to do the work to be ready. There is more extraordinary love, more love that you have never seen, out here in this wide and wild universe. And there is the love that will be ready.' Nayyirah Waheed
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please feel free to get in touch, I love a chat!)