(Global) – Light Collective and lighting designer Katia Kolovea launch celebratory project that looks into leading women in lighting industry.
Women In Lighting is a project established by Light Collective’s Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton that will set out to create an inspirational digital platform for women working in lighting to promote their passion and achievements, narrate their career path and goals, celebrate their work and elevate their profile in the lighting community.
Starting with lighting designers, the scope will expand to include women in all aspects of lighting – education, journalism, manufacturing, art and research. A website and social media campaign launching on International Women’s Day (March 8), will begin with interviews with female lighting designers completed by Light Collective.
Light Collective have interviewed women in Sweden, Holland, Spain and the UK and some of the interviews will form part of the website launch with further interviews added from Italy, Dubai, the EILD event in Uruguay and the US as the project progresses. The team hope to add more participants to their ever-growing list of female ambassadors to the project that already boasts an amazing 50 women.
The project launch is being supported by formalighting. Light Collective approached formalighting with this project as it is a company with a strong, inspirational woman in a lead role – Sharon Maghnagi. Also supporting the initiative is Katia Kolovea (Archifos) from Urban Electric as the head of the social media campaign.
darc magazine is proud and excited to participate as media partner for the project and will feature a regular editorial piece in each issue, celebrating the work of the ambassadors and promoting female design in the industry.
“We started this project to try and make a difference. Although women make up at least 50% of the lighting design profession, you only have to look at the number of women speaking at major conferences, acting as judges in awards, being asked as keynotes and serving on editorial boards to realise that the profile of women is significantly lower than men. We want to change this,” explained Martin Lupton of Light Collective.