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Ladies, Wine and Design is an initiative aimed to foster female creativity. It was started by Jessica Walsh, a NYC based designer and art director. Numbers show there’s a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry and LW&D aims to do what it can to be even a small part of the change in increasing this percentage through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups. Ladies, Wine and Design has spread to over 75 cities all over the world. And thanks to Juli Vignette, it’s now hit the Toon.

Basically, it’s a very casual salon night to collaborate, meet and share ideas with other creative ladies. And it’s done with a glass of wine in hand. The plan is to keep numbers limited to just six women. The monthly topic and the ladies change each time, so it’s a great way to meet other lasses in the industry, all with their own specialisms, and because the collective is so small, it feels like an intimate gathering of wonderful creative minds.

My first session was on ‘Inspiration and Process’. We covered off a wide variety of topics (all led by Juli) such as ‘How do you start a process in order to come with a good idea?’ and ‘What are the best tricks for working creatively?’ Lots of casual conversations relating to creativity, business and life were had.

It was one of those ones where the chat just flowed (along with the vino) and before we knew it, it was way past bedtime. I arrived knowing no one and feeling a little daunted by the prospect of sharing with virtual strangers – I left feeling like I’d met a bunch of ladies who made me feel completely inspired.

The next session is on 19 July and it will be covering personal projects and how experimentation is necessary to keep moving forward conceptually. If you’re a creative lady and want to find out more, go to