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Stevens, Sarah (1 of 7) Oral History of Wolff Olins.
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Oral History of Wolff Olins
Wolff Olins office, London
Stevens, Sarah, 1961- (speaker, female, Account Director)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Part 1: Tape 1 (F13196) Side A: Sarah Jane Stevens (Jones) was born on 6th August 1961 near Canterbury- Father Ronald Stevens a site manager for a construction company; mother Kathleen (nee Dixon) has worked in a variety of jobs- Talks about parents divorcing and mother remarrying- Gives brief family background; Sarah one of five siblings- Benefits of big close family network- Moving back to Kent when married to be close to family- Problems of commuting at a distance- Describes meeting husband Melvyn Jones- Importance of their working in different fields- Having two children Phoebe and Sam- Combining family and work- Returning to work at Landor after first baby and being put under considerable pressure by peers- This triggering move to Wolff Olins- Keeping low profile about being a parent, but finding WO exceptionally supportive when pregnant with second child although work expectations remained the same- Finding the balance between work and private life with husband taking a leading role at home until children at school- Speculates on difficulties for others- Remembering drawing a lot as a child but meeting parental resistance when suggested going to art school- Father wanting more secure choice to be made- Career options mundane at secondary comprehensive school- Going to college through determination although unclear about where it would lead- Working through summer and weekends to pay way- Thinking about relationship between identity and work- Moved with father's work and this causing problems with educational stability- Trained as graphic designer but recognising over time that primary interest was in rolling projects out- Explains choice of Eastbourne Art College- Importance of Dave Senior as graphics tutor being active in the field-
Interviewee note: Father's occupation: site manager for a construction company