Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Dine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series
started by Jessica Walsh

Hosted by Samia Kallidis & Tanvi Malik
for creatives in Dubai

Ladies, Dine & Design is an initiative to foster women creativity. Only a tiny percent of creative directors are women, and LD&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups. A salon night held monthly will be limited to six creative ladies. We’ll dine and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female student or creative and would like to join, please do email us. It’s free and reservations are first come, first serve.

August 15, 7:30pm Utopia vs Dystopia

Design can be an agent of change. It can catalyze new ways of thinking, help us analyze and understand what is currently happening, and be used to develop solutions that work to our advantage. How has design and design thinking contributed to our overall growth? Is it utopic or dystopic?

October 24th, 7:30pm Ladies, Let's Get In-Formation

Female creatives! How do you see yourself in our design world and what do you think is missing? What are your professional needs, applicable skills and creative outlets? How can the LWD network support each other and what kind of events do you want to see from us? Bring your ideas, motivations and inspirations for casual of evening of chatting and networking!

November 15th, 8:30pm Guest Speaker: Zeinab Al Hashemi

Taking place during Dubai Design Week, we will open out this month's session to a mixed audience with special guest speaker Zeinab Al Hashemi discussing her personal journey, the synergy of art, design and craftsmanship through nomadism in her work and her collaboration with Montroi. There will be live music and a casual setting at the beautiful Molecule restaurant in Dubai Design District.

December 12th, 7:30pm Holiday Edition

Join us at a private backyard to discuss the past year in design, trends and plans for 2018. We'll be wrapping up the year in review and talking about exciting things to come!

February 3rd, 11am Workshop Series: Brush Lettering with Hosanna Lee

We've teamed up with Hosanna Lee to bring you a 2-hour brush lettering workshop at the beautiful Rise Creek Harbor. We'll provide all the supplies, as well as some snacks, juices and good tunes. All you have to do is show up! Meet likeminded creative ladies, and learn watercolor lettering overlooking the beautiful Dubai skyline. See more details here.

March 23rd, 5-6pm Live Panel at Fully Booked: Why Do We Make What We Make?

We will be moderating a panel of incredible women from all over the world discussing how culture, language, situation, gender or experience plays a role in the translation of communication in cross-cultural art, design or published media at this year's Fully Booked Art Book Fair, hosted in Alserkal Avenue. More details coming soon.

April, TBD Fashion Revolution

Co-hosted industry event with exclusive panel of specialists. Details TBA.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. We couldn't agree more, and we also think it would be fun to meet other lady creatives, so we reached out to her and Ladies, Dine & Design Dubai was born.

Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Fast co: Where are all the women Creative Directors?
3% Conference: Video archive from their annual conference

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, the people we could be most inspired by most are other talented ladies. Let's build a list of women we have admired, worked with, or had our eyes on! Email us if you want to nominate someone in or from Dubai for this list.