Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series
started by Jessica Walsh

hosted by Tegan Wotton & Maria Guerra

A salon night held monthly, limited to six creatives. We’ll wine (or whatever you'd like to drink) and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you are a creative and would like to join, please do email us. It’s free and reservations are first come, first served.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! *Our space is inclusive of all women, non-binary, agender and gender non-conforming people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you feel you could benefit from a space meant for people who do not identify as men to share ideas and collaborate, you are welcome. **Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee or whatever you like!

6 May, 2021 Lino Printing Workshop

Join LW&D Melbs & Print Safari for a 3-hr lino printing workshop (+ wine!) at their space in the Abbotsford Convent. Open to all humans. Email us for details.

TBC Photography & Art Direction with Jana Langhorst

**POSTPONED** (New dates to be announced soon) Join us for a night of art direction, photography, great people, wonderful wine and some non wine too.

We are collaborating with photographer and creative Jana Langhorst for a night at her studio Semi Vacant in Footscray. Email us for details and RSVP.
Opening Soon

18 September, 2019 The Creative Industry: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Our topic for the night is simply 'The Creative Industry': the good, the bad and the ugly. What are we doing to change the shit that doesn't work? How are we making it better for the ones who're just stepping into it? In these times of *uncertainty*, what does the future hold for creative roles? Keen to chat it out over some great wine and munchies.

10 July, 2019 Let's talk Side Hustle

Do you have one? Do you enjoy it more than your full-time job? What keeps you motivated? How do you make time for it? What does it take to 'make it work'? What's keeping you from making it your full-time job?

8 May, 2019 Stop Saying Sorry

Yeah we should!

28th February, 2019 Salon Night - Chit Chat

Chit Chat.
Means whatever you want it to be.

7th February, 2019 iPad drawing workshop with Alice Oehr

Kicking off 2019 with a iPad drawing masterclass with the awesome Alice Oehr at Lamington Drive this month. We will spend a few hours with Learning some skills on the iPad (drawing on glass), talking about life/work/whatever and drinking some sweet wine. See you amazing people there. Open to all.


6th December, 2018 2018, byyyyye

The year is almost over (WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK) and we at LWD Melbs want to say 'Bye bitch' to 2018 with a night of casual, unscripted, cosy drinks in the company of the loveliest chicks we know, aka YOU at the wonderful Madame Brussels. Chit chat(tities) chats. Open to all.

25th October, 2018 Salon Night | dealing with dickheads

We've all dealt with them, maybe we've been even been them and can talk about that too, whatever it is, it is good to get insight into someone else's journey — we all might just pick up a thing or two.

21st September 2018, 7:00pm LWD x Raft Studio

We're teaming up with the badass ladies from Stasia Raft's cool AF Raft Studio in Collingwood for a FRIDAY (wooo!) night filled with lots of vino and real conversation amongst some of the industry's most badass boss ladies. Spaces are limited, so please contact us for more info on spots.

23rd August 2018, 6:30pm Get Out of Your Head

We hear, read, and watch a fuck-load of "Women can do ANYTHING, EVERYTHING, THE IMPOSSIBLE yada yada yada" and that's amazing yeah, but we also fuck up every-now-and-then (every day if you're like us) and that's also OK. If that voice inside your head is getting a bit too loud, come have a few wines and some great food and get that pressure off your goddamn beautiful shoulders while we talk about why being vulnerable and fucking up is NECESSARY, and why we need to learn to embrace failure.

26th July, 2018 8:00 LWD Melbs 2-yr celebration

LWD Melbs has officially been running for 2 whole years (shiiiiit) and we're celebrating with some goddamn great pizza and cheeky wines at Lazerpig in Collingwood. Bigger event, but still limited spaces so GET. ON . IT! Event deets: HERE


28th June 2018, 6:30pm Chit Chat

It's Open Mic Night ladies! No topic specifically or maybe them all, just keeping warm in this shitty fucking winter weather chills with some good comfort food and super delicious wine.

24th May 2018, 6:30pm Creative Labels

What are you being called? what do you want to be called? Why aren't you being called what you want to be called? Do you even give a fuck about the label? What weight does a label hold? Do Creative Labels work in our advantage, or are they limiting?

19th April 2018, 7:00pm 'Don't be a pussy' Calligraphy workshop with Maria Montes

Maria Montes is a Melbourne-based typography, calligraphy and lettering extraordinaire. She's also a badass, cool chick who'll be hosting 8 creative ladies at her workspace (Rotson Studios - Fitzroy) for a two-hour flash workshop on all things letters! We'll supply the wine and treats, and Maria will provide materials, so all you need to do... is come and have a fucking sweet time. Easy.

22nd March 2018, 6.30pm Crtiticism

How do you take it? Turn it in to better work?

15th February 2018, 6.30pm Fears, Failures & Fuck yeahs!

The creative industry can be scary and no one wants to fail. But if we don't get over those we can't get to the good feels. And so let's talk about all of this.

17th December, 2017, 12pm SUMMER PICNIC

Come drink wine, talk holidays, summer and design at MPavilion for a wonderful lunch picnic. Weather should be wonderful but if not we can pack up our croissants and pigs in blankets and hit up the NGV. Send us an email and we can send you more deets. XO

30th November 2017, 6.30pm Beci Orpin

A littler larger event this time with the super wonderful Beci Orpin. She will talk some on her life as an illustrator and the you can chat with her while you graze food and drink wine. Venue details TBC and eventbrite link TBC too. However email us with info and we will be first to send you the deets when we confirm.

31st October 2017, 6.30pm Ladies, Wine, a bit of design and The Happy Film

Explore The Stoneleigh Project (a series of spaces that depict the winemaking process through conceptual installations and matching wine tastings for their wild valley wild fermented wine, mmmmm yum), and a bit of design/life chit-chat before moving on to the movie screening of Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Film. WOO! Event if full but go on the wait list because people may cancel... Here is the link, get on it!

28th September 2017, 6:30pm Inspiration & Process

How do you go on about executing an idea? Where do ideas come from in the first place? What are the best methods or tricks for working creatively? Let's talk inspiration, concepts, process, execution and delivery!

31st August, 6.30pm Spring, new beginnings and chit chat

The day before Spring... let's talk about new beginnings...come with any general life or work questions or conversations you are interested in, as well as a project you’re working on, and lets have an open discussion about them! Spring is coming!

13th July, 6.30pm Ellen Porteus

Ellen will chat through her world as a leading lady in illustration. Get ready for super mega awesomeness.

11 May 2017, 6.30pm A bit on the side

What feeds our souls and keeps us super mega excited? We will spend the evening talking about projects and work we do outside of our day to day jobs, what inspires us and if we do them why they are important to have.

11th December 2016, 2pm Christmas Lunch

Let's get together for a big Christmas Picnic!

8th December 2016, 6:30pm Portfolio Reviews

Bring your portfolio or website and we’ll have a discussion about your work, and and how to shape your portfolio based on your goals.

10th November 2016, 6:30pm Chit Chat

Come with any general life or work questions or conversations you are interested in, and lets have an open discussion about them!

6th October 2016, 6:30pm Inspiration and Process

Where do ideas come from? How do you start a process in order to come up with a good idea? What are the best methods or tricks for working creatively?

8th September 2016, 6:30pm Work in Progress

Bring a piece you’re working on that needs a helping hand or maybe you want to start a new piece and collaborate with your new LWD friends!

4th August 2016, 6:30pm Fears & Failure

Let's embrace the failure! And discuss what it really means to be fearless.

7th July 2016, 6:30pm Hi Melbourne!

Kick off event. Let's get to know each other over some wine and have a discussion about design or anything your lovely little heart desires.

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 creative women. We want to create a warm, open and honest environment were woman can talk real with each other. We want to be on each other's side because creative ladies rule!

Below are a few articles and resources to get your creative minds fired-up!

What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Where are all women creative directors?
The 3% Conference
Gender disparities in the design field

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 women I have admired, worked with, or had my eye on! Email me if you want to nominate someone for this list.