Woman in Progress: Rebecca Strickson, illustrator and artist
Our latest Woman in Progress is Rebecca Strickson, freelance illustrator, artist and do-er of things, based in southeast London. Rebecca takes her subject, be it a face, the alphabet, a hand, and by her talent and determination makes it entirely special using mainly digital media. She recently caught the eye of the Labour Party general election campaign with her posters "For The Many" and produced the first Royal Mail stamps of 2017 in this incredible ancient history collection. We think these images she created for International Women's Day 2017 are brilliant.
Becky has kindly taken some time out to answer our questions. If you know (or are) a Woman in Progress we should be speaking to please do get in touch.
What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?
My partner. Life would be totally rubbish without him. Then my computer…
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My asthma medication.
What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?
My anxiety. It cripples me sometimes and serves no use other than to make me feel worthless and bad about myself. I am constantly fighting it.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
“Pull your finger out Strickson!"
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Stay confident, you've got this and it's real and you can do it.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?
Outsourcing, it’s ok to get people in to help you. You will not be the best person at everything you need to do, and you don't need to do it all yourself. Finding and employing experts will make your work better.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?
Patience and compromise. It been hard for me as I am not naturally patient or compromising at ALL. I’ve been with my partner for 11 years and we still learn new things about boundaries and our lives every day. I think learning to live with another human is hard and rewarding and crazy (but brilliant).
What top tip would you pass on to other women in progress reading this?
Make your own conversation and don't wait for someone to define it for you.
Are you done yet? What’s next?
Never. I can’t stop, even if I wanted to. I don't know how to do anything else!