International Women’s Day. The Next Generation | Amy Webster
Making jewellery that empowers women isn’t just what we do; it’s what we do best. Stephen has always questioned the rigid traditions evolving around jewellery and, actually, the cases that excite Stephen the most are when a woman comes into the store, knows what she likes, purchases for herself, and wears the piece with confidence. Perhaps ‘empowering jewellery’ has always been our unwritten mantra, nevertheless, it’s one we will proudly continue.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have chosen to celebrate 5 inspirational women who are part of the Stephen Webster community, to share their thoughts on what it is to be a woman, and what International Women’s Day means to them. Here continues the series.
Amy Webster graduated from Kingston University in 2014 where she received a BA Hons in Graphic Design. The same year, Amy left London altogether to explore the creative world in Berlin. Having worked and gained experience at several creative agencies, Amy joined Kemmler Kemmler in 2016 as an intern. After one year, she joined the film department where she later became Film Editor. In 2018 Amy moved back to London where she joined Stephen Webster and is currently producing the in-house film and photography content and is also closely involved with the design team.
1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?
For me it’s about celebration. Not just celebrating the women in our present lives but celebrating all the women in the past that have worked so hard to get us to where we are today. And it is our responsibility as contemporary women - to help make the world an even better place for the women of the future.
2. What barriers have you faced as a woman, in becoming successful in your field and how did you overcome them?
I do remember my first barrier in a (football) field…at my primary school. Me and my female friends were so jealous of the boys who got to play football and rugby during their P.E. sessions, while we were stuck with netball. But it didn’t take long for us to group up and ask whether we could play the ‘boys’ sports too. Our offer was accepted. And we thrashed their arses.
Beyond that, when I moved to Berlin and joined agency life over there I was so surprised to see how few women there were in the advertising and design world. In one studio I worked at, I was the only female employee. It didn’t occur to me as a problem at the time but it was more of an observation. I didn’t feel at any point outnumbered or intimidated in a world dominated by men. But it just surprised me that there weren’t more female voices in communications, when 50% of your audience is female. Luckily towards the end of the four years of my being there, I met more women in the industry and these are to this day some of the most creative and inspirational women I have ever met.
3. Which women do you admire and why?
I am lucky to be surrounded by so many admirable women; friends, colleagues, family but the one I want to dedicate this one to is Katharina Kemmler, who sadly passed late last year. Katharina was my first female boss at the agency Kemmler-Kemmler; and what a woman she was. She was so wildly creative, bursting with energy, full of passion and always pushed you to your fullest potential - all while looking effortlessly chic. I will always remember her boss bitch attitude and the impression she left on me.
4. What are you most proud of doing?
Joining my father’s business; Stephen Webster. Growing up, jewellery making or designing wasn’t really on my radar. I was fascinated by it, yes, but I knew that it was my father’s world and he had set such a high bar - there was no way I could even attempt to follow in his footsteps. In 2018, I was working as a film editor at Kemmler-Kemmler, Berlin. Having seen my films, Stephen called me one day and said “That’s it! Stop making all these cool films for other brands and come make them for me”. I was blown away by this proposal. I quit my job and moved back to London. Now, on a daily basis, I am lucky enough to work alongside and learn from my father who, not only has such incredible knowledge of jewellery and materials but also has an unstoppable and contagious enthusiasm for life. Making my own impression in his domain couldn’t make me more proud.
5. If you had one piece of advice for aspiring women, what would it be?
Too often, as I was growing up, I was too shy to say, do or wear something because of fear of getting it wrong or sticking out. Therefore, my advice is to be confident with your taste, your style, your ideas, your thoughts and share them. Make them exist. Even if what you do or say is slightly off - it is an opportunity to rethink, rework and reassess. So that next time, you get it bang on. And lastly, not to compare yourself to others. You are your own unique being and you should celebrate that, because fitting in doesn’t get you anywhere - standing out does.
Thank you to Amy Webster for sharing her thoughts with us and to everyone who took part in this series.
Discover our other inspiring women from the series below.