Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design in Johannesburg

A conversation series
by Jessica Walsh, hosted by Kirsten Townsend for Designers in Johannesburg

A salon night held monthly will be limited to six creative ladies. We’ll wine, 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 me.

Work in Progress Wednesday, 22 Feb, 6pm Work in Progress

Bring a piece or idea you’re working on whether it is a commercial piece, or a person piece and lets all talk about the work and share thoughts.
Venue: Priest Gallery & Espressobar.

Inspiration Session I Wednesday, 5 April, 6pm Inspiration Session I

Let's share some work from people who inspire each of us in our creative process -perhaps that work may inspire another person in the room.
Venue: Gathere, Kramerville.

Design & Business Wednesday, 3 May, 6pm Design & Business

For creatives who want to start their own business or studio, lets talk about business. I'll share what I know, my tips on starting Fabrica, and let's discuss your tips and what you know.
Venue: Gathere,
11 Kramer road, Kramerville.

Inspiration Session II Thursday, 8 June, 6pm Inspiration Session II

Let's share some work from people who inspire each of us in our creative process -perhaps that work may inspire another person in the room.
Venue: Ants, Parkhurst.

Social Media Wednesday, 5 July, 6pm Social Media

Guest speaker Sisana Nxumalo will share some insights about Social Media etiquette and 'house-keeping', and what the trend is towards Social Media. We will also chat online platforms to best promote yourself and your work.
Venue: Gathere, Kramerville.

Co-working Culture Wednesday, 2 August, 6pm Co-working Culture

Freelancer? Start up? Or just want to get into the culture of co-working? We'll be having a chat with co-working space owners and guest speakers Lizette Watts and Kirsten Townsend about co-working culture, the beneficial and educational aspects. Share your thoughts & tips and lets have a discussion.
Venue: Gathere, Kramerville

Finances, taxes, and everything you can't avoid. Wednesday, 6 September, 6pm Finances, taxes, and everything you can't avoid.

With so many ladies owning, or starting businesses, we could all do with a little financial advice and legal guidance. Guest speaker, Catherine Bradley, is joining to give us a better understanding on how to go about doing all the things you don't want to do. Come with any business related questions you may have.
Venue: Gathere, Kramerville.

Creative Labels Wednesday, 4 October, 6pm Creative Labels

From Graphic Design to Food Design, join us as vegan plant based Chef, Lexi Monzeglio will be chatting about her journey, plant based foods, diets & answering a few questions you might have.
She's also going to be cooking up a little something special for all of us to enjoy!

The Happy Film Wednesday, 1 November, 6pm The Happy Film

Creative? Looking to find your creative happiness or be creatively satisfied?
In The Happy Film, by Stefan Sagmeister, he sets out to analyze & define happiness as a concept, emotion and commodity.
For a night of inspiration & conversation, join us for a screening of The Happy Film.
Venue: Gathere, Kramerville.

Having worked in advertising, publishing, and branding in South Africa, I have seen and experienced a lot of agency life -sometimes being the only girl in the 'boys club'. I climbed the ladder in and amongst, rising to Creative Director at the no.1 Branding and Design agency in South Africa -Grid Worldwide. I left my job in early 2016 to start my own Creative Consultancy, I wonder what has happened to other female creatives who had similar journeys to mine. A couple years ago I as asked to put forward a female creative whom I admired for a local creative blog during Women's Month. I struggled to find a female, those putting themselves out there were few and far between. I hope that Ladies, Wine & Design can become a platform for collaboration and sharing of ideas.
-Kirsten Townsend, Fabrica

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. Here are a few South African women I have admired, worked with, or had my eye on! Email me if you want to nominate someone for this list, especially women in South Africa.