WOMENFOLK JUNIOR.SENIOR.
Nov
8
8:00 AM08:00

WOMENFOLK JUNIOR.SENIOR.

WOMENFOLK JUNIOR.SENIOR.

For this year’s Belfast Design Week we are hosting a very special Junior.Senior. breakfast event featuring some of the Mentors and Mentees from our mentoring program that has been running over the last 6 months. We will hear about their journeys over the past 6 months in their businesses and as part of the mentoring program. There will also be the opportunity for coffee, cake and connecting with other like minded women designers the perfect way to start your Friday

In association with shesaid – a female led design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast.

Date: Friday 8th November

Time: 8.00 - 9.30am

Venue: Belfast Design Week Hub, Butchers Building



MENTOR : LISA SMYTH

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Lisa Smyth is a creative design consultant and business owner with a 1st class honours degree and almost 20 years of professional experience in the field of graphic design and branding design. Lisa previously worked for large design and advertising agencies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and London. 

Previous to shesaid Lisa Smyth has been a sole trader at mrssmyth.co.uk for the past ten years. Lisa works with business and organisations who like to build a relationship with a dedicated designer to turn their business goals into reality. Mrs Smyth’s aim is to assist the growth and success of a clients business through great design.

Lisa has been providing design and branding services to a diverse range of clients across the Voluntary and Private Sector. Lisa has collaborated with other design agencies working on branding projects for Channel 4 and Discovery Channel. 

In 2017 Lisa was part of the core design team in the redesign of the new polymer Ulster Bank notes. Working for service design agency Nile (Edinburgh) and branding agency O Street, Lisa worked as part of the design team in accumulating insight and developing networks of Northern Ireland expertise. Lisa was also integral to the creative direction through the concept phase. Lisa delivered conference pitches to the Royal Bank of Scotland representing the ‘voice of Northern Ireland’.

http://www.shesaid.design/




MENTEE : LAURA CRAIG

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Laura Craig is a freelance graphic designer, living and working in Belfast. She combines her love of design, music and activism through bold imagery and typography and as a multidisciplinary designer she has worked on a diverse range of projects including editorial design, print and branding.

https://lauracraigdesign.myportfolio.com/projects



MENTOR : GEMMA O’NEILL

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Gemma is an author/illustrator from the Causeway Coast. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration and her first authored and illustrated picture book deal after visiting the Bologna Children's Book Fair during her final year of study.

Her books have been published globally and have been nominated for awards such as the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Nature, history, travel and exploration have always influenced Gemma's work. Her need to explore has since led to her establishing her own print range alongside working in children's publishing. She works from Blick Studios and is part of the studio team too, taking photographs in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast.

https://www.gemmaoneill.co.uk/



MENTEE : KATHRYN MCGRANE

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Kathryn is an  illustrator currently based in Northern Ireland.She uses digital and traditional media to create work based on her interests in  documentaries, folklore and nature .



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The Time is Now // Womenfolk
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Time is Now // Womenfolk

Womenfolk, Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create a unique interactive event with a panel of female design entrepreneurs based in Belfast talking about their experiences as a female entrepreneur , the journey in the design industry and how they have crafted their business up until this point.

We will also ask them to give us their thoughts on the design industry in Belfast, the future of Belfast as a design city and how we can encourage and inspire more women in Belfast to take on design leadership roles and/or start their own design businesses.

The phrase ‘The Time is Now’ came from noticing a change within Belfast within the creative scene. We love that there is a rush of women in design that are inspired to pursue their creative dreams. ‘The Time is Now’ is turning into a platform where we gather together to encourage men and women to challenge themselves, be vulnerable in a space by sharing experiences within their industries and give an insight into the beginning & middle stages of their career.

There will be a panel of four female designers from different design disciplines and backgrounds discussing their perspective of achieving success within the design industries. We will be asking the panellists to share their story of how they built their businesses and what the realities they have faced in the midst of creating an entrepreneurial lifestyle.

We are wanting to discuss and encourage women to take up space within their industries and to showcase the realities of what it is actually like, versus the social media representation. We will be covering themes of :

  • Perfectionism

  • Going for your dreams and the realities of creating

  • Patience and knowing that it takes time to build

  • Surrounding yourself with the right people

  • How to build a better and more supportive creative community within Belfast

We are excited for the growth of The Time is Now project, and are constantly working to share stories of people from all creative walks of life.  We hope that you can join us and be part of creating an experience to connect with people.


SPEAKER 1 - EMMA JACKSON FROM HUNTER PAPER CO

Hunter Paper Co. is a stationery brand based in Belfast. Combining playful modern design and illustration with the beautiful tactility of traditional letterpress printing designer and printer Emma Johnston produces a range of greetings cards and stationery in-house.

Hunter Paper Co started just a few years ago in 2014. Fresh out of uni, Emma’s side project quickly grew to stock shops around the UK, Europe and America, including Selfridges and Oliver Bonas and in 2017 was awarded a Paper Award for Engaging Print at Top Drawer London.

https://www.hunterpaperco.com/about

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SPEAKER 2 : ROISIN MCCANN FROM MARSHALL MCCANN ARCHTIECTS

With a recent win of ‘House of the Year IE’ and her brother and business partners house being awarded ‘Energy Efficient House of the Year UK’, Marshall McCann Architects are a young practice with big ideas.

“As a new practice, one of our core aims is to focus on the person; designing your dream home often is a one-time only experience; it is a new adventure. I inspire clients to dream big; aspire for greatness; give them more than they thought possible; making the process enjoyable and engaging.

We want to ‘get into your head’, so that we have an idea of your likes & dislikes. We mould your house around your lives; focussing on your passions, and intertwining them with your building. We take you on a journey; walking you through the design; pointing out the important views or features meaningful for you: creating your vision and designing a better future together”.

https://www.mmccarchitects.com/

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SPEAKER 3 : DONNA COLLINS FROM DOT PROJECTS

“Dot Projects is a creative Interior Design and Architecture Practice. I’m a sole practitioner and so really I named the business Dot Projects because my work is a collection of the Projects that I do.

I like the idea of working collaboratively with other creatives and wanted the name to be inclusive of any type of creative endeavour, whether that be an architectural design, an interiors project, a collection of photos, a drawing, painting, an article I write for the paper – or anything else that may come along and that I’d like to be involved in.

Naturally as I’m starting out in business my work is almost entirely small scale domestic architecture projects and commercial interior design, as that is where qualifications and professional design experience lie.”

https://www.dot-projects.co.uk/

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SPEAKER 4 : REBEKAH JOHANSON FROM LINES & CURRENT

Born out of a love for clean lines with a boho twist, I'm Rebekah, designer and creative voice behind the online Accessory brand Lines & Current. I set up our business 5 years ago with my husband. The designs emerged as an expression of my inner craving for a more minimalist approach to the clutter of life, especially as a mum of two, and now three. The theme of my designs continue to dance between two poles where I find myself constantly. Clean lines and unpredictable flow, the dainty and the robust; the minimal and the earthy; the stillness and the wilds.

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Kindly supported by Jameson Whiskey with a free Jameson with ginger and lime for all guests on arrival

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The Time is Now // 4 Week Course
Oct
12
to Nov 2

The Time is Now // 4 Week Course

We are excited to announce our first 'The Time is Now ' 4 week course in collaboration with Womenfolk, Blick Studios & Creating A Space.

OVERVIEW

This course will help you to create space in your life to work out what you want to do. To take the time to establish your values, vision and goals. To work out what is holding you back and help you find the confidence to make small tangible steps to achieve your creative dreams and ambitions no matter how big.

In Northern Ireland, there is a mentality that seemingly is ingrained in our culture of making ourselves small. Especially for women in the creative industries. There aren't many spaces made for us to flourish and grow in a way that fits our needs. Enterprise support is generally based around high growth businesses rather than value led businesses that fit our personal goals and ambitions. Perhaps you want to run a lifestyle business and be able to work anywhere in the world, maybe you need to balance business with family life, maybe you only need a part-time income, perhaps you want to pursue your passion or maybe you want to grow a sustainable value-led business that creates good quality employment opportunities within your local town or city. There are many reasons people want to work for themselves and start their own business. This course will give you space and time to help you to define your personal values and vision and goals for the future and a plan for how to get there.

We are on a life-long mission to change that here in Northern Ireland where we want to break down barriers for women and creatively find solutions to make a difference within ourselves.

This course will provide a ‘space’ for women that are yearning to create deeper connections with themselves, to come together in a supportive environment and take the time to understand what they really want to do and the first steps to take to make this happen.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This course is for creative women that want to take their dreams/ideas/concepts/current business/ideas to the next level. It is a creative approach to taking control and accountability for your life and going for what you want to do.

This course is about sharing experiences, hearing other people's stories and collectively working to help each other to grow and build in a supportive and nurturing environment. This course offers a different perspective and most importantly space and time for you to focus on yourself your hopes and ambitions and how to manifest your dreams taking a creative approach and giving you practical tools to break down what you want to accomplish and how to start making it a reality.

WHY ARE WE OFFERING THIS COURSE?

We are providing this course because we feel that it is important to create space in your life to sit down and plan out what you want to do. To take the time to evaluate what is holding you back from manifesting the dreams & ambitions that you have always wanted. We also know from our own experiences how hard it is to take the time out of busy lives to work on yourself and also how hard it is to work in isolation. This course will provide you with some much needed time and space to focus on yourself within a supportive shared environment of like-minded creative women.

We will provide :

A welcoming space and supportive environment
Refreshments
Workshop tools including: - Post It Notes, Paper, Pens & Notebooks, an organizational guide of resources and Womenfolk Manifestation Worksheets

WEEK 1 : VALUES & AMBITION

Week 1 will be an introduction to the group, the 4 week course and highlighting our personal stories. We will be asking everyone what they hope to get out of the course, and tailor the 4 weeks to their desired outcomes.

We will be introducing ourselves, Esther Mogada from Creating A Space & Christine James from Blick Studios who will be leading the course. We will share our stories and journeys within the creative industries. Discuss why we wanted to create this course, why we think it’s important and what our intentions are going forward. We will ask the group to share their stories, why they wanted to do the course and what they hope to get out of it.

We will then move on to working collectively on establishing our personal values and ambitions.

Probably the most important part of this course as your personal values will dictate how you choose to live your life and your creative and business plans and ambitions. We will do this by asking questions like “What is your dream lifestyle? “, “What do you enjoy?”, “What are you good at?”, “What is your definition of success?”, “What is important to you in life?” “what are your values?” and “what is your overall dream?” to get you to really think about your own personal values and ambitions.

This is so important yet it can be so hard to create space and time in our busy lives to do and can be tough to do alone. So often we just keep going in the same direction, doing the same thing as we don’t have time to think about it or work out what we really want to do and how to get there.

WEEK 2 : VISION - DEFINING AMBITIONS & INTENTIONS

Week 2 we will be working on defining our ambitions, establishing our vision for the future and begin breaking down our big dream ambitions into realistic short, medium and long-term tangible goals and intentions. We will ask everyone to write everything down on post it notes, and to really get used to planning out projects and writing down goals and intentions.

We will talk about the romanticism of time and creativity, versus the reality of what that looks like. We will also cover how important it is to fail and experiment, and to learn how to normalise failure to incorporate it into your practices. To take away the stigma of failure and see it as a positive tool to learning and growth.

WEEK 3 : CLAIMING YOUR STORY

Week 3 we will be asking questions about what is holding you back, questioning what narratives are holding you back and how you can make steps to really claim who you are.

So often we hold ourselves back out of fear, or narratives that we tell ourselves without even realising that we are doing it. It will be a week of writing positive affirmations about ourselves.

Asking questions of what narrative we want to create, how do we put it in place and understand the person that we want to be.

We will be touching on how important it is to have people around you that believe in what you are doing, create a positive impact in your life and are able to celebrate you for standing in your truth. We will work on who these people are for you.

WEEK 4 : DREAM BIG & START

Week 4 the final week we will recap everyone’s outcomes of what they have learnt, revisit everyone’s values from week 1 and the vision, goals and intentions that they set on Week 2.

We will talk about themes of perfectionism, and how we can keep the systems and processes simple and just make a start.

We will have limited numbers for the first run of this course! If this course sounds like its for you, book your space today.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/the-time-is-now-4-week-course/

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Women Who Code x Womenfolk
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Women Who Code x Womenfolk

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Shouting out to all women! Women Who Code and Womenfolk are throwing open the Vault doors for an evening of community gathering, career insights and story telling (and so much more!), and we want you to be there. Join us as we bring together software engineers, designers and fine artists to talk about journeys from conception to execution, the continuously male dominated world of work, and celebrate women who are pushing the boundaries of change and making a difference in their industry! 



# S P E A K E R 1 #

Aislinn McBride Kainos Digital Services Deputy CTO

Aislinn McBride Kainos Digital Services Deputy CTO

Aislinn is an engineer at heart, after 15+ years she's still as passionate about her role in the software industry as she was on day one. Aislinn has led scaled technical teams to deliver software solving real world problems for citizens today. Her current role involves both leadership of continuous improvement for technologists and supporting the Digital Services delivery teams in achieving success. Aislinn is also a keen advocate of the NI IT community and contributes to various events including curating the Engineering stream for Belfast's biggest IT conference; BelTech.

Random fact: Aislinn’s first real job was working in a greasy spoon, fuelling Belfast bus drivers with sausage butties! Don't miss out, grab your ticket now!


# S P E A K E R 2 #

Kezie Todd UX Designer

Kezie Todd UX Designer

I’m Kezie Todd, but you can call me Kez. I’m an all-round geek who went from a self-taught designer to studying interaction design full time. Education in six different countries helps me bring a new perspective to any project and motivates me to design to delight the globe. You can find me UXing things on placement at Puppet when I’m not dying on the five-a-side pitch or as @sayskez around the web. Random Fact: I never studied art or design before university, instead little me was too busy preserving bugs in the freezer and dreaming of becoming an entomologist.


# S P E A K E R 3 #

Claire Wilgar Software Engineer

Claire Wilgar Software Engineer

Claire is a frontend developer with a passion for accessibility, currently working for Bazaarvoice Belfast. She is an avid speaker at conferences & meetups, and organises local events and groups such as Women Techmakers Belfast, Women in Tech Lean In Belfast, Global Game Jam and BelfastJS."
Her favourite hobby/thing to relax is painting my nails and doing nail art.


# S P E A K E R 4 #

Sinead O’Neill Artist (Among Other Things)

Sinead O’Neill Artist (Among Other Things)

I am currently doing MFA Fine Art at Ulster University and working as an artist/curator
within Vault Artist Studios. My art practice involves creating installation using video,
sculpture and audio, as well as performance art. I am particularly interested in creating
art through the use of technology and computer coding.
Random Fact
I have made a mental note of who to ditch during the Apocalypse (however, please don't
publish this on a public platform, as some of them are family members)😉


# S P E A K E R 5 #

Carrie Hanna Cloud Engineer Deloitte

Carrie Hanna Cloud Engineer Deloitte

Hi, I'm Carrie and I'm a Cloud Engineer at Deloitte. My career path has been a curvy one through 3 countries and several industries. I'm a former Chemistry graduate and scientist in nuclear safety engineering. About 6 years ago, I moved home to NI and did quite a few roles in lots of different areas of STEM education. I joined the 4IRC programme at Catalyst in 2016 and I met a lot of brilliant people in the Belfast tech ecosystem. Last September I got a place at the Deloitte Cloud Academy and now I'm working in cloud architecture and platforms. It has been the learning journey of a lifetime! To keep the balance, I do yoga, meditation, singing, dancing and energy healing therapies. The lightbulb moment at start of my quest to tech was Design Thinking. Collaborative, creative and communicative problem solving. It's been a game changer for me.


# S P E A K E R 5 #

Lisa Smyth Owner shesaid design

Lisa Smyth Owner shesaid design

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International Women's Day: Womenfolk Meetup
Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

International Women's Day: Womenfolk Meetup

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For International Women’s Day 2019 we will be hosting a meet up to launch our new online publication promoting women in design (kindly funded by Belfast City Council) and our new mentoring program. We will also be hearing from Hannah Sharp on her new project Make Your Mark a book dedicated to talking about the design industry from a female designers perspective.

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Designers of the Future: Lego Animation for Girls
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Designers of the Future: Lego Animation for Girls

This mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy is a great introduction for children to the colourful world of stop motion animation! The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination! Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session!

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Designers of the Future: Book Design for Girls
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

Designers of the Future: Book Design for Girls

Design Our Future… What do you think our next story should be?

This workshop will focus on book design and storytelling. There will be a brief introduction to the different stages of book making. This will include brainstorming ideas, storyboarding, weaving text and images together, dummy book making, the process of working on a final book itself and tips on how to work in the publishing industry.

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Designers of the Future: Games Design for Girls
Nov
11
11:30 AM11:30

Designers of the Future: Games Design for Girls

Just for girls in this workshop we’re going to work together to design, make the graphics, and produce the sound effects for a new totally unique game. You’ll be given an introduction to GameMaker, a free and easy to use cross-platform programme, and learn some of the basics of coding for games. This is going to be some hands on practical fun and the finished game will be made available online shortly after the workshop. No previous experience necessary.

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The Time is Now
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Time is Now

Womenfolk, Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create a unique interactive event with a panel of female design students talking about their experiences and journey in the design industry/education to date and what their plans, ambitions and aspirations for the future are.

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JUNIOR.SENIOR BELFAST DESIGN WEEK
Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

JUNIOR.SENIOR BELFAST DESIGN WEEK

This will be the fourth in our series of breakfast events hosted this time by Kaizen where a senior designer from the company shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer from the company starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Junior.Senior aims to open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

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JUNIOR.SENIOR AUGUST
Aug
20
8:00 AM08:00

JUNIOR.SENIOR AUGUST

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This will be the third in our series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Junior.Senior aims to open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

One event a month on a Monday morning between now and Belfast Design Week!

August Senior Speaker: Marie-therese McCann

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Marie-therese is UX Lead in Fathom, a human experience agency based in Belfast. She has worked on major projects north and south of the Island of Ireland's capitals. She leads her multi-disciplinary team across user experience and service design projects which span sectors such as Banking, Healthcare, Start-ups and the Public Sector. Building a healthy design culture for her team which helps foster creativity for her clients, is a key motivator for Marie-therese.

Her interests span topics across usability, human pyschology & inclusive design, ethical tech and diversity while constantly self educating to keep up with the pace of change in a world were the lines continue to blur between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.

August Junior Speaker: Sophia Bradley

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Sophia Bradley is a UX designer at Fathom, having joined the agency in early 2017 to focus on user-centred design. Since graduating from DJCAD University of Dundee in 2016, Sophia has developed her passion for understanding human behaviours and their interactions with the digital world. Alongside this she is a strong advocate for accessibility in design.

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Sponsored by Cubist Coffee

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Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.
Jul
30
8:00 AM08:00

Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.

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Junior.Senior. July – the second in our series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Junior.Senior aims to open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

One event a month on a Monday morning between now and Belfast Design Week

This months Junior speaker – Kim Hetherington founder of Little Designs: 

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Kim Hetherington is founder of Little Designs, she started her digital doodles in 2017 and has been creating cute things ever since.

Our Senior speakers this month are design duo Lisa Smyth and Christine McKee from shesaid a new design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast: 

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Lisa Smyth is a creative design consultant and business owner with a 1st class honours degree and almost 20 years of professional experience in the field of graphic design and branding design. Lisa previously worked for large design and advertising agencies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and London. 
Previous to shesaid Lisa Smyth has been a sole trader at mrssmyth.co.ukfor the past ten years. Lisa works with business and organisations who like to build a relationship with a dedicated designer to turn their business goals into reality. Mrs Smyth’s aim is to assist the growth and success of a clients business through great design.

Lisa has been providing design and branding services to a diverse range of clients across the Voluntary and Private Sector. Lisa has collaborated with other design agencies working on branding projects for Channel 4 and Discovery Channel. 
In 2017 Lisa was part of the core design team in the redesign of the new polymer Ulster Bank notes. Working for service design agency Nile (Edinburgh) and branding agency O Street, Lisa worked as part of the design team in accumulating insight and developing networks of Northern Ireland expertise. Lisa was also integral to the creative direction through the concept phase. Lisa delivered conference pitches to the Royal Bank of Scotland representing the ‘voice of Northern Ireland’.

Christine McKee has over 15 years professional experience having worked in some of the top design agencies in Belfast, such as AV Browne, Slater Design, McCadden Design, Tandem Design and formerly Whitenoise. Her expertise spans from creating corporate identities for small and large businesses, to print, exhibition design and retail.

Christine has worked with companies such as the Open House Festival, Newcastle Evolution Festival, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and a wide range of smaller businesses. She has recently won an account for Ormeau Credit Union. The new brand identity reflects how community finance is seen in nature, just as bees work together as a cooperative for the mutual benefit of the hive. Strategic design lead thinking has brought the concept to life through their visual language and customer perception.

In association with shesaid – a female led design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast.

www.shesaid.design

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Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.
Jun
25
8:00 AM08:00

Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.

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Introducing Junior.Senior. – A series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Let’s open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

Kick starting Monday mornings between now and Belfast Design Week

In association with shesaid – a female led design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast.

Speaker Number One – Aisling Rusk: 

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Aisling Rusk is the founder of Studio idir, a small, design-led architecture practice that flourishes in the in-between. Aisling is interested in the impact that the built environment can have on the negotiation of difference within societies that are in or moving out of conflict.  She is also interested in liminality, or practices of locating in-between, particularly in divided and contested contexts where divisive binaries are rife.

 










 

 

Speaker Number Two - Gemma O'Neill:

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Gemma O’Neill is an illustrator/author from the Causeway Coast, now based outside Belfast. When she graduated from Falmouth University in 2011 she already had her first authored and illustrated picture book deal which has been published globally and received many award nominations. Although originally specialising in children's book illustration, she now also enjoys factual and adult illustration, creating greetings cards, prints and original artwork. Her Causeway Coast roots are of huge inspiration in terms of mark making, colour and the natural theme within her work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.shesaid.design

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WOMENFOLK – THE TIME IS NOW PANEL
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

WOMENFOLK – THE TIME IS NOW PANEL

There has long been a disparity between the number of men and women involved in Design and Entrepreneurship.

The Time is Now is an Interactive panel discussion which will discuss how we can encourage and support young female design entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.

We have four wonderful speakers including Karishma Kusurkar and Aileen McEwen who will be joining us for this event that is part of Creativity Month 2018

 

Speaker Number One

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Karishma Kusurkar is a designer-entrepreneur focused on inventing new products with her brand Karishma's World.  As co-founder of Belfast Design Week & The Design Salon, Karishma is passionate about raising the profile of Belfast as a design destination.  She is an avid collector of postcards and a huge fan of podcasts.

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Speaker Number Two

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Aileen McEwen is a painter and is also pursuing a career in collections management in the museums and heritage sector. Her paintings explore ideas of illusion, desire and memory and are full of the historic spaces she works in.

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Speaker Number Three

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Karen Miano is the Co Founder of DIAxDEM.
“I Remember distinctly when I started out in the creative industry, specifically in music management, being told that my place within the industry would eventually sit and fit into being a facilitator. Now I have no problem with that, but the issue is that men tend to dictate women's narratives within the creative community and we get lobbed into being the facilitators 7 times out of 10. I think all that is changing. Women are much more receptive to relatability and art (in whatever form that may be) is a huge way of connecting and bringing us together to share stories and ask questions. I hope to work on connecting the two roles of Facilitator & Creator, and to inspire young people of colour to feel empowered to follow their creative spirits!"

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Speaker Number Four

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Geri Doherty is a TV/Film industry professional wth extensive experience as a costumier / stylist. Is a founding member and producer of Melt Fashion Collective, advocating for NI underground creative talent with the aim of nurturing expression of self, fashion as an art form and grounding a DIY/inclusive ethos. She loves all things spirtual and is obsessed with perfume.

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