Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series for Edmonton creatives
Hosted by Natasia Martin & Alex DesCôtes
Founded by Jessica Walsh

A semi-monthly salon night held in Edmonton that brings up to 10 creative ladies together. 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 creative or student and would like to join, connect with us below for updates on our upcoming events. Reservations are first come, first serve. Please get in touch if you'd like to host us in your space, teach a workshop, or be a guest speaker.

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April 28, 2021 • 7:00pm Balance & Boundaries

We're kicking it back to our original event format: Intimate small group conversations on a specific topic. How do you find balance in your design career? How do you make sure clients, life, projects, side projects and everything else in-between doesn't blend together? How do you set boundaries around your work, time and creativity? This month we're sharing with one another on how we best balance everything we're juggling and set healthy boundaries. 

March 8, 2021 • 7:00pm International Women's Day

Join us Monday, March 8th, 2021 for casual hangouts with the LWD community as we celebrate International Women's Day! The best part: you DON'T need a ticket!

February 24, 2021 • 7:00pm A Niche in Sign-Painting

While some creatives are generalists, others work hard to carve out a path that is unique to them and their skillset. This month we're excited to be joined by Jennifer Konanz of Konanz & Co. who specializes in traditionally hand-painted signs. Jennifer will be sharing her journey, and behind-the-scenes from her formal education in art and design to seeking out a mentorship in sign-painting and international workshops to help hone her craft.

January 20, 2021 • 7:00pm Adapting to the Industry

When you've done it all, where do you go from here? This month's speaker, Valéry Goulet from Valérydesignwrks and Méthodes is a seasoned illustrator, designer, educator and creative director that has navigated the design industry for over 20 years. She'll be sharing her personal journey and how she's managed to grow and adapt with the ever-changing design industry. She'll even be sharing some tips and tricks for seasoned designers to help stay relevant, fresh and top-of-mind as a creative.

December 14 at 7:00pm Holiday Mingler

The holidays are looking a little different this year but that doesn't mean we can't mingle with our fellow creatives and enjoy a virtual holiday party of our own! Grab your fave festive bevvie and join us to celebrate and wrap up a year of events and have informal chats with amazing creative women!

November 25, 2020 at 7:00pm Motherhood

How has becoming a mother affected your creativity and creative work? How has it affected your career overall? What tough decisions have you made and what has been the most rewarding parts? How have you navigated childrearing and adapted? This month we have Jennifer Konanz, Amanda Schutz, Lianne Cawley, and Jenelle Gartner joining us for a panel discussion on motherhood and the struggles, beautiful moments and challenges it brings.

October 28, 2020 • 7:00PM Fright Night

Join us for a night of spooky stations at this month’s carnival-themed event! We’ll be gathering virtually to talk about disappearing files, monster projects, design-related Halloween trivia, and predicting red-flag situations. Each station will equip us on how to deal with future scaries so we aren't caught off-guard when the full moon rises!

September 16, 2020 • 7:00PM What We Didn't Learn in Design School

Vikki Wiercinski of Mezzaluna Studio (and Royal Bison, among other things) will be sharing some of the things she's learned since graduation. Some of the topics she'll be touching on include adapting to "the new normal", why you should build multiple revenue streams, how to stay nimble, and accommodating changing platforms or client requests.

May 20, 2020 • 7:00pm Value & Pricing

This month we have Amanda Wagner of The Complement guiding us through some tips and tricks on Value & Pricing. We'll be discussing how we can reframe the way we think about sales and service, talk about why pricing is so hard, consider how we can speak to value beyond price, and tips on setting price as designers!

March 8, 2020 • 6:00pm International Women's Day

Join us Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at Sea Change Brewery for beers and casual hangouts with our faves Women Can Design and Womentor! The best part: you DON'T need a ticket! ⠀

February 19, 2020 • 7:00pm Productivity Hacks

How do you manage your time to be the most productive? How do you organize your design work? How do you set goals for projects and for your self-employment? Which tools are useful and which aren't? How do you build your own sustainable structure to stay focused with ease? Let us share our experiences and practices!

November, 2019 • 7:00pm Mix & Match: Industry Ethics & Professional Practices

Join us and industry experts at our year-end event as we chat about industry ethics and professional practices. The event layout will be musical chairs-esque, as we switch up topics and seats every 15 minutes!

October 16, 2019 • 7:00pm Spooky Stories

Join us as for an eerie night of spooky stories that haunt us all! We invite designers of all kinds to share their most frightening tales: clients that send chills down your spine!

September 18, 2019 • 7:00pm Navigating Change as a Designer

Join us and Andy Junior (co-founder of Paper Leaf Design and freelance designer) as we chat about navigating change as a designer, the messy middle, and how it can impact us and our creative journeys.

July 17, 2019 • 7:00pm Honing our Craft

Join us and Jessica Fern Facette (of Fern's School of Craft) to chat about honing our craft and how we can get a little more hands-on with our creative process.

June 5, 2019 • 7:00pm Self-Promotion

With our guest of honour, Justine Ma, we'll be chatting about the ups and downs of self-promotion and how we can better market ourselves.

May 1, 2019 • 7:00pm Battling Creative Block

Are you stuck? Uninspired? Creatively burned out? Are you terrified of presenting in front of your peers? Welcome to a night on battling the creative block. We will do some low stakes aggressive brainstorming and exercise our creativity to come up with some unexpectedly bad ideas. It’s gonna be great!

April 3, 2019 • 7:00pm Side Hustle

Hello Edmonton creatives! For our first event, we'll be chatting about the passion projects we pursue outside our regular 9 to 5 that help keep us creative and how we find time for them.

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 conversation, mentorship and championing others' work. By recognizing and supporting female creatives in the Edmonton area, we hope to build a stronger female presence in creative professions. Here are some inspiring articles if you want to learn more:

Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Fast co: Where are all the women Creative Directors?
Smashing Magazine: Gender Disparities in the Design Field

Ladies, Wine & Design Edmonton is made possible by our amazing volunteers. Many thanks goes to Danielle Fuechtmann and Amelia Nash for all their behind-the-scenes support.

A huge thanks goes out to our local partners. Your contributions help ensure anyone can enjoy our events free of charge. If you are interested in supporting this great cause and helping to ensure women are equally represented at every level in the design industry, email us to become a local partner.

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, the people we could be most inspired by are other talented ladies. Let's build a list of women who are kicking ass in Edmonton! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.