9th June 2016

Ladies Wine & Design

by Kat Summers, Designer

Ladies Wine and Design is a project started by Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh. Her casual meet-ups with other creative women are aimed at encouraging conversation and inspiring one another.

Jessica Walsh

“Numbers show that there’s a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, I find the people I’m inspired by most are often other talented ladies.” Jessica Walsh

With salon nights popping up in a growing number of cities across the world; London, Berlin, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Toronto and San Francisco to name a few, it’s apparent that Jessica has a point.

Fee Sheal and Poppy Reid, digital and UX designers working at Wyoming Interactive in Edinburgh decided to get in touch with the Ladies Wine & Design project and so ‘LWD’ Edinburgh began.


We met in Mother’s Gin bar for a night of networking, discussion and idea-sharing, all washed down with a glass (or two!) of wine. A cocktail of graphic, digital, UX, and interior designers; it soon became clear that we had plenty to discuss over our sauvignon blanc.

Some of the topics that came up were:

  • Why are so few women in leading creative positions, (in fact only 3% of creative directors are women) when there are plenty of female designers in the industry.
  • How we landed our first ‘real creative job’ after further education and how prepared were we for industry life.
  • Relationships and gender dynamics within the creative workplace, learning when to stand your ground and have confidence in your own skills and ideas.
  • Our mentors and people who inspire us.
  • The question of pay, and how to charge as a freelancer.
  • Self-motivated projects and staying creative.

It was refreshing to chat so openly with creative women working in different jobs within design but who had many shared or similar experiences.

As these events continue and grow we hope to be part of a network where women can bring anything to the table, create professional connections both locally and globally and encourage women to encourage other women!

The next LWD meet-up in June will be a ‘portfolio surgery’ where both students and professional creatives are invited to bring along their portfolio with any questions about design and working in the creative industries.

Check out Jessica’s project with Timothy Goodman ‘12 kinds of kindness’. A great project that grabbed our attention, reminding us of our caring culture here at Teviot.

Further reading and inspiration:

Creative Mornings
Creative talks hosted over breakfast, across 142 cities

Creative Edinburgh
Find creative events and opportunities in Edinburgh

Brief Box
A great site if you need some inspiration for a self-motivated brief

Let’s encourage each other, both within Edinburgh and across the world!

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Kat Summers, Designer

Ladies Wine & Design