Posted September 20, 2019 12:50:25A young fashion designer and graphic designer from Sydney says she has not wanted to return to work for the past six years.
In a rare interview with The Age, Jennifer Sengle says she felt trapped and she was not sure if she would ever be able to find a career that matched her passion.
“I wanted to make my own mark and I felt like my career had been lost,” Ms Sengles said.
“So I was kind of looking for something new and I wanted to explore what was out there.”
It was really hard for me to leave, it was really difficult for me.
I didn’t know what else to do, I was on a budget, I had to make the choice between being a mother, being a father and just being a designer.
“At one point I just wanted to quit.”
Ms Senglestad was a fashion student at University of NSW, studying graphic design and design production.
“The idea that I would be doing something that was more glamorous, more glamorous and more glamourous than what I did was just not realistic for me,” she said.
Ms Sorgles said she would often find herself “worried” that the job market would not reflect the quality of the work she was doing.
“What I found when I was doing work for fashion shows, which is a really important industry to have, was that I had no idea how good or how good I was at it,” she told The Age.
“If I was making a work of art, and I was a really good designer, I would have been working in a big company and being paid a lot of money and I would still have been a designer.”
“It’s not that I was an idiot.
I was looking at what was available to me and I didn, in fact, have the experience and I knew what I was really good at.”
Ms Mihir Sengleston says her passion for the graphic design industry has driven her career choice in Sydney.
Ms Muhir Songle, 23, says she did not know what she wanted to do when she turned to the industry.
“When I started modelling, I wasn’t really interested in that,” she explained.
“But after a while, I just started to love it and I started to realise that there were some great things that were happening in the industry and I thought ‘Oh my god, I’m going to do this’.”
Ms Sngle said she had found that she was able to express herself in a way that had not been possible before.
“Because I have always been a visual person, I think I was able, through my work, to express myself in a different way that was different to how I used to,” she says.
“My friends and family were like ‘you look amazing’.”
I think I can now do a lot more things that I normally would not be able do.
“There are so many things that are so interesting, and so different from what you’re used to.”
Ms Kari Sengler, the managing director of a Sydney-based creative agency, said that while her clientele had grown over the past few years, they still had a strong core of established artists.
“They were all very passionate about what they do,” Ms Kari said.”[The] biggest thing is that I think in the past, if you have people who are not working, it would be a really big challenge.”
“You would be missing out on really really talented people.”
Ms Kari Senglev, who is also from Sydney, said she was fortunate to have found a job as an illustrator for clients such as Lululemon, Abercrombie & Fitch, and JCPenney.
“That’s why I love this industry so much, because it’s a really supportive environment,” Ms Kari said.
While the industry had changed dramatically over the last few years Ms Sungler said she still enjoyed her work.
“For me, the creative side is very important,” she admitted.
“You need to find the balance between the client’s needs and your own.”
Ms Nima Sengel, from Melbourne, said while she had been fortunate to work with some of the top designers, she still felt stuck in a job she had left.
“To be a young designer in the current market, I don’t think I have that many opportunities to do work that is actually fulfilling,” she acknowledged.
“All of my favourite clients are people like Lulune, Aber Cram and J CPenney.”
Ms Yolanda Senglin, who teaches graphic design at Sydney University, said there was no escaping the industry’s “slimy” status.
“Somebody has to be running it,” Ms Yolandi said.
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