Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series with female* creatives in Amsterdam

We are a community of creative ladies*, supporting each other in becoming wiser, more confident and happier. Our get-togethers are about sharing experiences, mentoring, empowering each other’s creative growth. Together we are building a strong network of women* in control of their careers. And next to that we make friends for life. *We welcome ladies, non-binary and whoever identifies as a minority in the creative industry email us.

November 21st, 2021 Dampsquid Animation Screening

We're excited to announce a new upcoming event “Dampsquid", a brand new animation-focused event aimed at creating space for women and non-binary animators to showcase their work.

The screening will take place at 2pm on November 21st at De Nieuwe Anita. Get your tickets for free through the link in bio ♥️

Dampsquid originated out of the desire to connect female and non-binary animators with the rest of the creative community, animation fans and beyond. The event will provide a platform for sharing work, discovering new talent and broadening the horizons of animation. Women and non-binary creators are heavily underrepresented in the animation industry, Dampsquid seeks to challenge that. You can expect an evening filled with offbeat shorts, discussions, GIF’s you want to send to your mum, glorious motion graphics and other bits and pieces!

Dampsquid is an inclusive event, open to everyone, of all genders, identities and ages. Whether you are an animation enthusiast, designer or simply someone looking to find inspiration, join us for an evening of visual snacking and fun!

Dampsquid is the creation of Moon, a Netherlands-based creative with a background in illustration and passion for all things animated. Moon’s creative practice adds up to one common theme, bringing communities and people together. After being involved in several animation events across the Netherlands, they noticed a lack of a platform for women and non-binary creators in the animation world and so the Dampsquid concept was born

November 3rd, 2021 Drink & Stamp

Ladies, Wine & Design and @illustrationladies_amsterdam are excited to invite you to our next event: Drink and Stamp.
During this event, our host @veronicocco will guide you to express your feminist thoughts into art by creating your own personalised stamp. The stamps will be printed manually on adhesive paper and, by the end of the session, you'll be ready to put your feminist stickers around Amsterdam!
The stamp making session runs for 3 hours and includes the following:
A demonstration and guidance throughout the whole session
Beverages and snacks
One linocut carving kit - yours to take home
Materials to use during the session
We'll be creating the stamps whilst surrounded and inspired by Polish fashion, jewellery, homeware and furniture in the Salomon Art & Design concept store, open for shopping during the session. Grab your spot via the link in bio. But be quick, places are limited!

September 26th, 2021 Pansy Ceramic Sundae


August 31st, 2021 Brand & Breakfast

Happy to announce an online networking event hosted by : Brand & Breakfast ☕ An informal and fun get-together where we can help each other, getting and giving feedback on recent work and learning from one another.
You will have a safe space to discuss your creative process, get new ideas to make your work even better! Beginners and Experts are welcome and both will profit from a good coffee and time together. FREE - Sign up via eventbrite to get the meeting link (through link in bio). is a brand and web designer with a passion for all things calligraphy/lettering. She moved from Brazil to Germany and is now living in The Hague. She founded the Düsseldorf Chapter of LW&D and is now happy to be a part of the Amsterdam Scene!

August 21st, 2021 Picnic Drawing Session


April 22nd, 2021 The Magic of No

Saying No isn’t just important in your creative life. Learning how to setup and maintain healthy boundaries can help you find balance in everything from your personal to professional relationships to freeing up time for the things you really love, like following inspiration when it hits or spending downtime with your loved ones.

Being able to turn down offers and demands that don’t suit your goals and desires, will enable you to build stronger more fruitful client relationships as well as attracting the projects and initiatives you really dream about.

Manifest destiny this is not. In this workshop we will dive deep to confront the motivations behind "people pleasing” and why it can be so difficult to break this pattern. We’ll also run through a framework with actionable steps to improve your powers of self preservation and healthy boundaries.

Tickets are available as "pay what you will” with all proceeds going to benefit Dutch Anti-Racism Foundation @nederlandwordtbeter. All parties that donate €50 or above will receive a limited edition signed and numbered A3 hand printed letterpress poster made specially for this special event, courtesy of @passepartoutpress.

March 31th, 2021 Challenging Digital Perceptions with TeYosh

Sofija Stanković and Teodora Stojković of TeYosh take you through some of their work including the highly regarded, an interactive digital storytelling experience that comments on notions of consumerism and sustainability. The digital design duo offer alternative points of view on modern society, define its unwritten rules and explain how they explore the relationship between humans and digital technology.

Please be sure to RSVP through the Eventbrite link below to claim your spot.

March 30th, 2021 LWD x IWD Book Club - The Power by Naomi Alderman

This very first LWD book club kicks off for IWD we will be reading The Power by Naomi Alderman, mediated by LWD members Dominique Lesley Hage & Wendy Richardson.

The Power is "an electrifying slice of feminist speculative fiction which imagines a world dominated by female power, Alderman's disturbing dystopian satire holds up a mirror to our own world." Pick up a copy of your book prior to the book club event here!

Please be sure to RSVP through the Eventbrite link below to claim your spot

March 25th, 2021 The Upside of Your Meltdown

Meltdowns. 2020 was full of them. Many of us had at least one breaking point –or ten– in the past year.
Other than the term suggests, meltdowns can be a force of good. Back-2-back meeting outbursts, bad news despair, everything-from-home exhaustion, muted screaming and solitude sobbing can help you reduce stress, think more clearly and understand yourself better. Your low could be your high when you know how to own it.
Join Rachel Kennedy (Creative Director at 180 Amsterdam), Brenda Waegemaekers (Creative/Copywriter at KesselsKramer) and Brigit Jans (Leadership Coach at Spring Coaching) in a talk that flips the script on meltdowns.
This session will include lessons on how to make your next meltdown a productive one, along with some personal experiences and interactive play. Here’s what not keeping it together can do for you.

March 23th, 2021 Take - Align with yourself so you can take what's meant for you

Life + Business Coach and Strategist, Hannah Ray, talks about the importance of exploring and aligning with yourself so that you can choose to take a more active role in creating a working life that serves and fulfils you.
Hannah will talk a bit about why she started her coaching company, TAKE, the philosophy behind it, and how she believes the work she is doing is important - especially for women. She will then do a mini live coaching exercise for the group to spark some ideas and shifts that will help you take something forwards.
After 9 years as a brand strategist, Hannah Ray started TAKE - a life + business coaching service - to help small businesses and individuals take a more active role in creating a career or business that better serves them. She helps people explore their unique strengths + skills, things they enjoy, and personal values, and then helps them integrate this in to their work. She's worked with a range of people from a dog groomer, data analyst and small swimwear brand owner, to a local boutique hotel, and self-employed PR consultant.

March 17th, 2021 Studio ///\ x LWD

Join us for a panel talk where we discuss some of the most common challenges womxn in creative fields experience in their careers. How do you get started, what happens in the middle and how do you juggle work, life, and being a human being. Our panelists hail from 3 different continents, have a variety of different experiences and just happen to work together at adidas’ internal agency, Studio A (Amsterdam.)


This evening of International Women's Day, learn how challenges and frustrations can lead you to create the changes you want to see in the world. Join Project Fearless, the Amsterdam-based after school course designed to show gxrls how to celebrate and activate the power they have inside. Our hosts Merida Miller, creative problem solver and PF founder, and Mareka Stake, freelance creative and volunteer coach of PF’s ‘Artivism for Climate Action’ course, take us through how to creatively challenge the patriarchy, the system, society or whatever we damn well like!
During our hour together there'll be time for questions and we'll also all get frustrated, get fearless and get creative.
Please be sure to RSVP through the Eventbrite link below to claim your spot.

February 6th, 2021 Code Cuisine with Cafe Robot

Join us for a delicious 2 hour coding workshop with Cafe Robot!

"Code Cuisine" is the new remote workshop by Cafe Robot, the first non-awkward Computer Club started by Amsterdam-based code connoisseur Valerie Fuchs. As you may or may not yet know, coding and graphic design have many similarities. There is a vast amount of problem solving, design and creativity in building websites as well as it being a skill that can help designers in various projects. From building your portfolio website to working with developers, understanding the basics of code can go a long way.

Combining the two worlds of coding and food, this workshop is aimed at snack-aficionados who are looking for a basic introduction to the world of (creative) coding.

Within 2 hours we will learn some basics about how a website works (the roles of HTML, CSS & JavaScript), get an introduction into variables and functions and get a tour around the p5.js editor. After that we'll take some time to draw the "dish of the day" while being able to ask questions and get support.

January 21st 2021 "B*tch Better Have My $" with Stefanie Sword Williams

Let's talk about money. The one thing we never want to talk openly about and consequently end up spending the majority of our careers being underpaid and undervalued. We've all been there right?! Navigating your way through the mind-field of day rates, negotiating higher salaries and proving your self-worth is never easy at any age, particularly when no one ever teaches you how! So it's time we took a bit of Rhianna's attitude and claim our worth.

There are many factors that go into negotiating your worth which is why during the event we will cover:

How to document your achievements
How to communicate your business value
Tactics for negotiating salaries and day rates
How and where to find support
How to spot good/bad opportunities
Founder and author of F*ck Being Humble Stef Sword-Williams will lead the workshop and finish off with a live Q+A to answer any of your burning questions!

December 15th 2020 Mini E-Meetups

Join us for our mini e-meet ups! ✨

We miss nothing more than the days of our community meet ups, drinking wine and getting to know other inspiring creatives in the local community face-to-face. Since this year has provided challenges to physical events, we are taking our meet ups online with mini sessions and the chance to meet others in the community through small online hangouts.

In blind-dating style, we will pair you up with a couple of other ladies* in the community to chat virtually, have a drink of your choice and get to know cool new creative friends in the city! Feel free to introduce yourself, share a bit about your work and connect with others virtually (and hopefully also IRL ASAP).

Please join us by choosing a date (link in bio) and we’ll send you a hangout link to meet future friends within the community ❤️

November 26th, 2020 Networking with Stefanie Sword Williams

Our next virtual event will take place November 26th, and joining us again is @stefaniesw from @fbeinghumbleldn on the topic of networking. One of those words that can be seen as dirty, or as an opportunity to genuinely make good connections and collaborations with those you creatively admire.

Networking is a skill that needs to be taught so it doesn't matter if you're an extrovert or introvert, we will teach you actionable steps to embrace networking both online and offline.
In this webinar, we'll explore the powers of both digital and physical networking, providing you with practical and actionable tips that will help you build your network in no time. No more than ever, we can be using this downtime to really focus on connecting with the people we want to collaborate with from the comfort of our own home. F*ck Being Humble founder Stef, spent her first twelve months living in London filling awkward networking silences 2-3 times a week, so she’ll be sharing her best (and worst) practice. So whether it's drumming up new freelance work or building a black book of contacts, we want to help!

Things you'll learn:

• How to change your view on networking
• How to research, prepare and equip yourself ahead of networking environments
• How to open conversations, pitch effectively and create genuine interactions
• How to follow up effectively, including email and social media techniques

October 21st, 2020 'F*ck Being Humble' with Stefanie Sword-Williams

Please join us October 21st, 19:00-20:30 for an interactive webinar- 'F*ck Being Humble' with author Stefanie Sword-Williams @stefaniesw . Stefanie will teach us tricks on overcoming fears of self promotion, learning to communicate your achievements, utilise your online platforms and capture what makes you genuinely and distinctly different.

About the event:

Self-promotion. Something we should all do more of, yet it's not always easy to overcome the fear of putting yourself out there in front of the world. As creators, it's important to be proud of our process and achievements, and we're excited to overcome our self-promotion fears with the wisdom and mentorship of Stefanie Sword-Williams, author and creator of F*ck Being Humble!

"At F*ck Being Humble, it pains us to see great talent go unnoticed," says Stefanie. That's why it's time to stop describing yourself as ‘hard-working’ and ‘friendly’ and really get under the skin of what you stand for and why people should care. People buy people, but only if you let your true personality shine through. This webinar will teach you how to confidently self-promote, communicate your achievements, utilise your online platforms and capture what makes you distinctly different.

Stefanie Sword-Williams

Stefanie Sword Williams is the founder and author of F*ck Being Humble ( @fbeinghumbleldn ). She set up the platform to encourage self-advocacy and individuals to be unapologetically proud of their achievements. Named as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Europe this year, she has delivered workshops global brands such as Unilever, Warner Music, The Guardian. Warner Music, Google, ASOS and internationally at Cannes Lions Festival. This year The Dots named the F*ck Being Humble's community events top 10 event series to attend in London following the positive impact the platform has left on supporting and spotlighting emerging talent.

October 31st and November 1st, 2020 Playful Plates

After many months apart, we’re excited to invite you to our next LWD physical event:

‘Playful Plates - the value of creative experimentation’

Step away from the screen, get your hands dirty, and remind yourself of the value of creative experimentation. In this workshop taught by professional clay artist Patty Schilder (@atelierpattyschilder ) and designer Wendy Richardson (@wawarichardson ) you’ll learn many clay techniques to experiment with and create your own ceramic plate. Samantha Maynard founder of Artpop Collectives (@art.pop_insta ) will lead the discussion on creative freedom, that can continues into an after-mess wine or beer and bites.

4 hour clay workshop* & refreshments. €80

Choose 31ST Oct or 1st Nov, 1pm - 6pm.

August 13th, 2020 Creative Culture Workshop

We're excited to invite you to our next event, "2020: A New Culture"- an online session in collaboration with @Enid brun , taking place on August 13th at 7pm.

2020: A New Culture:
2020 has been a rollercoaster of global events with huge cultural impact.

Lifestyles, beliefs, systems, biases, priorities, relationships, work and inspiration shifted dramatically in just a few months. Our culture changed rapidly. Thank you, 2020.

@enidbrun will share how decoding and understanding culture helps her get through 2020, hoping to shed light on others with her story. This online session will be more than a “how to”, but also an open invitation to share your stories, integrate and make sense of the events we’re currently living through. We'll open the door to inspiration where you’ll be welcome to write, draw or share your personal, cultural experiences with the community through this small online session.

About Enid Brun:

From an athlete born in Mexico to a creative entrepreneur based in Amsterdam, Enid Brun’s broad life experience and education across Mexico, Netherlands, UK and Buddhist monasteries across Japan created her unique gift for consistently putting people, planet and culture at the core of her work.

Her career devises disrupting, industry-changing strategy for global brand marketing, creative collaborations, D&I, and sustainable consumption spans 4 continents and 50 countries. Clients such as Adidas, Reebok, Swatch, L’Oreal, Foot Locker, DDB, CNN, Volkswagen and The United Nations have benefitted from her unique takes. Currently she pursues the mastery of Wabi- Sabi, and coaches young people and professionals to connect with their life purpose.
(see more of her work at

May 28th, 2020 Online Drink & Draw

We’ll be kicking off 2020 with an informal meet-up for the chance to meet other local creative ladies, have drinks (wine, beer, soda, whatever you wish) and hang out! Location and more details to be announced soon, please save the date and watch this space for more info.

March 8th, 2020 (International's Women's Day) International Women's Day Event - Creating Her Next Decade

The next Ladies, Wine and Design event is for anyone who has ever failed. Six women from across Amsterdam’s creative industry will be taking to the stage to share their own stories of things that didn’t quite go to plan. For many of us, the burn of failure lingers longer than success, so our aim on this most festive night is to reclaim the fail and find the lessons that propel us on, rather than bring us down

February 20th, 2020 a BIG Meetup

We’ll be kicking off 2020 with an informal meet-up for the chance to meet other local creative ladies, have drinks (wine, beer, soda, whatever you wish) and hang out! Location and more details to be announced soon, please save the date and watch this space for more info.

December 5th, 2019 LWD x 180 Kingsday: Failing Up, Fast Learnings

The next Ladies, Wine and Design event is for anyone who has ever failed. Six women from across Amsterdam’s creative industry will be taking to the stage to share their own stories of things that didn’t quite go to plan. For many of us, the burn of failure lingers longer than success, so our aim on this most festive night is to reclaim the fail and find the lessons that propel us on, rather than bring us down

October 31, 2019 LWD x 180 Kingsday: Be the Leader You Don't See

If self-help books are to be believed, leadership is a numbers game. A box-ticking exercise that can be easily achieved by following a set of rules outlined by those who have gone before us. But rules, as we know, are there to be broken. Rachel Kennedy, art director at 180 Kingsday, leads a panel of unique and different leaders to discuss how they are approaching leadership, and how they are learning to be the leaders they are and not the leaders they have been told to be.

Please join Rachel, Raja Felgato (Media Entrepreneur and Founder of The Diversity Top 100 and FATIMA), Laura Visco (Executive Creative Director at 72&Sunny Amsterdam), Merida Miller (founder of Project Fearless) and a room full of other local creative ladies for a fun and insightful night!

August 10th, 2019 Summer Borrel

Wine, snacks, speed dating, new friends all in a lovely canal-side photo studio. Join us at Studio Umsatjka for our Summer Borrel!

July 26th, 2019 Vision Board + Creative Coaching

Join us for a creative vision board workshop with Avital Shernoff.
Avi is on a mission to propel women to the top and inspire future generations to lead, with authenticity and grace. Prior to becoming a coach, she was a lead strategist in the creative industry developing successful brands. Now she develops successful leaders.
Join us together with Avital for a fun evening where we learn first hand how to manifest the life and career you want by designing your own future vision board. In the process, Avital will guide you to dream big, visualize and get what you want.


March 1st, 2019 Creative Workshop

Who said that puppets are only for kids?
In our upcoming puppet design workshop, we're going to use our imagination, creativity and craftsmanship to create personalized puppet creations with puppet-maker and owner of @salamonartdesign , Olga Salamon.
Along with creating puppet characters, we will enjoy wine, snacks and new friends (both real and stuffed).

February 7th, 2019 a BIG meet Up

Our next event is coming up February 7th! We’ll be kicking off 2019 with an informal meet-up for the chance to meet other local creative ladies, have drinks and hang out. Location and more details to be announced soon, please save the date and watch this space for more info!

October 17th 2018, 6:30 LWD x W&K: Best Advice I Ever Got

Advice. It can lead us to confusion or inspire us to victory. How do we differentiate between good and bad advice? What’s the best creative wisdom you ever received? The worst? Come share it and hear insight from Wieden & Kennedy's creatives and other creative ladies, next Wednesday October 17th at W+K’s beautiful space on Herengracht

June 5th 2018, 7:30pm Portfolio & Self Promotions

As creatives, we're pro at helping others create identities and messaging.
We know how to pick up on their uniqueness and transform it into something visual, verbal and that vibes with the outside world.

But when it comes to developing our self-branding and building our own portfolios, it can be a little tricker sometimes...

Let's get together for a casual chat to share personal tips and tricks on self-branding, portfolio-building as well as asking others how to get un-stuck on the things you find most challenging in the process.

Special guest: Sophie Worth, Wieden + Kennedy's very own in-house recruiter who helps discover creative talent.

Location: Canal-side plant-covered work space, Your Space. Owned and operated by two wonderful sisters who brought this creativity-inducing place to life

May 3rd 2018, 7pm LWD x ADIDAS: Mentorship

Ladies, Wine and Design goes ADIDAS! And this time, we're keeping it open to all genders so we're renaming it Ladies, Guys, Wine and Design. So invite all of your creative friends because it's going to be our biggest event yet.

Join us for a panel of a variety of lead creatives- sharing their stories and insight of how they came to be and the importance of mentorship in the creative community.

See you there!

April 11 2018, 7pm Creative Fuel

Creative Fuel

What inspires your creativity? Please bring 3 visuals / objects that represent something that fuels you creatively!

February 15th 2018, 7pm Drink & Draw

Join us for Drink & Draw!
A night of drawing and drinking vino with guest speaker and Amsterdam's iconic illustrator, Weronika Anna Marianna.

November 16th 2017, 7pm Soft Power

Soft Power with guest speaker and creative director, Tanja Soeter

August 31st 2016, 7pm Generalizing vs Specializing

Art director? Designer? Illustrator? Do you want to specialise, or generalise, or are you unsure? Let's talk about the pro's and con's of both directions, using your portfolio and experience as a guide.

May 31st 2017, 7pm The Library

Tonight we meet at The Library, a fabulous wine shop and bar in the heart of Amsterdam!

March 25th 2017, 7pm Meet-Up

Join us in an evening where we meet familiar and new faces from this young but growing community.
The event will take place at De School.

February 25 2017, 7pm Newbies Night

On our second event after a small break, we're going to meet at De School and have an open discussion and thought on the future of the LWD community.

August 13 2017, 8pm Welcome LWD Amsterdam

Get ready for the first L,W & D Amsterdam! We're planning an open discussion about what it's like to share our work.
Let’s open up about our own challenges when creating our portfolios and creative identities.

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, Wine & Design Amsterdam was born.

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Numbers show that there is a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. Here are a few women based in The Netherlands we have come to admire. Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.