Darcie has played a key role in the success of the womenswear range using her own social media channels, taking part in trade interviews and podcasts to talk about her journey as a female bricklayer. To find out more about Darcie we sat down with her to ask a few questions about herself and her bricklaying journey. Here's what she had to say:
Q1 Tell us how you got into the bricklaying trade?
“I got into Bricklaying by going to help my dad out on site. I started off as a labourer and eventually he took me under his wing and taught me how to lay bricks.”
Q2 What do you love about your job?
“I love the get-up-and-go, hustle and bustle. It’s always busy and there’s always something to do. You’ll rarely be bored on a building site which makes time just fly by.”
Q3 What’s the most challenging thing about being a female tradie?
“The most challenging thing is probably building the muscle and stamina to work all day. In the beginning it's tough; you are weak, you tire easily. Once you get in the swing of things and have been at it for a few months you get stronger, and it starts to get easier.”
Q4 Where did the Rattle Kings name come from?
“When I worked with my dad and brothers, we always used to throw the word rattle around “rattle that wall up, rattle that run of bricks in, rattle them down” it basically means do it quickly. There were three boys to one girl, so kings got chosen over queen - lo and behold the Rattle Kings were born.”
Q5 Do you feel enough is being done to encourage girls into trades?
“I feel like there isn’t enough being done; it hasn’t been portrayed as a great job for women. A lot of people still haven't warmed to the idea. I think in time it will become more accepted. Everything is changing and women have equal rights, equal pay and equal opportunities. Women have the chance now to choose; hopefully some choose a trade.”
Q6 Tell us something surprising about yourself?
“Oh gosh, there isn’t enough room on this page to tell you all the surprising things about me. My life is a rollercoaster, but one thing is that I can eat the spiciest food out of anyone I know. I LOVE spicy food; I put chilli sauce on my spaghetti hoops, on my chips, roast dinner, I put chilli on everything.”
Q7 What’s been your biggest pinch-me moment in your career?
“The biggest pinch-me moment was when Google called. That really was a game changer. I felt like I must have really made an impact for them to want me in their ads. I really loved that.”
Q8 Who do you look to for inspiration and motivation?
“Honestly . . . myself. I only want to better myself. I want to work harder than I did last year, earn more money than I did last week, and keep moving upwards. I’ve got this far, and I’m proud of myself. I look back and see how far I’ve come and it motivates me to keep going.”
Q9 What’s your top pick from the womenswear range?
“Can I say everything? My favourite item would be the trousers. I wear them every day, they are the most comfortable trousers ever. I could literally wear them round the house as pyjamas. The stretchy bottom is a great idea, nice to sit down on too, really soft. Pockets to suit all my needs – 10/10.”
Q10 Women’s Argon or Switchback?
“Now this is tough! I love the Argon in the Summer and the Switchback in the Winter, but overall, I would say the Switchback... everyone loves a stylish tan boot.”
Q11 If you could give one piece of advice to women looking to get into a trade, what would it be?
“My number one piece of advice is to make sure you choose a trade you love. If you like to be hands on, dirty and outdoors then bricklaying; if you're careful, precise and slightly cleaner, then maybe a carpenter; if you prefer being indoors, not much heavy lifting and great money, maybe an electrician. There’s loads to choose from. Pick one and stick with it, don’t give up - one day it just clicks.”