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Womenfolk: A celebration of women in Design {Derry-Londonderry}

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Eighty81 Creative Workspace
Building 80/81, Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry, BT47 6FA
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5PM - 7PM

Eighty81 Creative Workspace

This special talk and forum across Derry-Londonderry and Belfast will focus on celebrating women in Design and how collectively we can celebrate and promote aspiring, emerging and established female designers. 


5.00PM - Registration

5.15PM - Intro talk for Womenfolk

5.20PM - EmMarie (Emma)

5.30PM - Makematic (Catherine)

5.50M - Nolka (Patricia)

6.10PM - Maven (Catherine)

6.30PM - Forum

6.45PM - Closing remarks



Emma Curtis, brand name EmMarie is an award winning fashion and textile designer. She lives in Co. Monaghan and get her inspiration through nature and the outdoors so living in the countryside is ideal. Emma graduated with a BA Honours in Fashion, Textiles and Design with Business Management and showed her First collection, Spring Summer 2017 in September 2016, during London Fashion Week.


MakeMatic is developing an on-demand platform for teacher professional development - focused on digital technology and classroom innovation. Teachers can access monthly professional development masterclasses, devised in partnership with globally recognised universities, technology companies and educational non-profits. Each class is focused on education-specific learning that can be applied across the entire curriculum, not just IT-related subjects. Online delivery provides a low-cost, scalable solution that can be constantly updated with expert know-how and industry relevant content. Co-founder Catherine Ross has over 15 years experience as a senior producer with the BBC and independent production companies making award-winning content for both web and TV - including a hugely successful science YouTube channel on behalf of BBC WorldWide.


At Maven, sisters Catherine and Patricia McGinnis have curated a selection of largely Scandinavian and Irish products. With a belief that everyday items should be enhanced by great design and that shopping should be all about the friendliness, Maven is a treasure trove that will make your heart beat a little faster and make you leave with a smile.


Patricia Greene has been involved in the website design business for almost 17 years with her co-owned company Nolka. In the past she mostly worked on project & team management, and is now involved in the design of websites from a conversion optimisation perspective – ensuring effective design is created and used to increase the possibility of web visitors engaging with their client websites. A website is only one tool in the box. What's important to their business is creating impacting design and consistent branding across the internet to deliver a message.  Patricia is particularly passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs whether a crafter, engineer or educator. She recently received a Contribution to Enterprise award from Derry City Strabane District Council for her role with local business network Women in Enterprise.


Some quotes to get you inspired in the lead up to Womenfolk from designers past and present:

“Design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.”

– Brenda Laurel (Game Design & VR)

“It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds.”

– Paula Scher (Graphic Design)

“Fashion is instant language.”

– Miuccia Prada (Fashion Design)

“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”

– Zaha Hadid (Architecture)

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This event is part of Creativity Month 2017. 

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