LWD Discussion Notes – October 8, 2015
- Felicia Ferrone, Bridgette Buckley, Sharon Burdett, Pam Daniels, Isabel Dec, Eve Fineman, Jamie Hayes, Sara Huston, Pam Johnson, Gina Panijan, Rachel Perrine, Gerry Quinton, LeAnne Wagner, Beth Zacherle
October’s meeting was hosted by Felicia Ferrone, Founder of fferrone design, at her home in Printer’s Row. Felicia has worked internationally, exhibited widely, and been honored with several design prizes for work under her own brand. She spoke briefly about starting her own collection, working with manufacturers, and commented that launching it was likely made possible by ‘brute force and ignorance.’ Felicia also discussed her recent reflections about the meaning of a Master’s level education in design. Thinking about the subject came from her new role as Graduate Director of the Industrial Design program at UIC where she is also a Clinical Assistant Professor. Many LWD members share Felicia’s dual identity as both independent designers and educators.
Among the attendees of the meeting was Sara Huston, a visiting member of the Portland chapter of LWD and co-owner of The Last Attempt at Greatness. Sara spoke about her background as a Cranbook graduate and commented on Instagram as a tool for self-promotion.
Towards the end of the evening, the discussion turned to the possibility of pursuing non-profit status for LWD. A basic organizational structure consisting of a President, Secretary, and Treasurer was proposed and organizations such as IDSA and AIGA were looked to as models for LWD’s development.
Formal non-profit status was seen as a way to help increase the scope and reach of LWD’s ongoing work:
- Enhance the visibility and advance the careers of women in the design professions
- Function as an alternative sort of “Chamber of Commerce”
- Issue more calls for proposals for group projects
- Provide mutual, interdisciplinary support
- Facilitate the exchange of information between design practitioners
The subject will be further discussed at next month’s meeting.