Women in Design: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling

8 . March . 17 | The Liquor Rooms, Dublin Above the Fold presents Women in Design: Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling an evening of talks that will celebrate Ireland’s established and emerging female designers.

8 . March . 17 | The Liquor Rooms, Dublin

Above the Fold presents Women in Design: Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling an evening of talks that will celebrate Ireland’s established and emerging female designers.

When? Wednesday March 8th at 6pm

Where? The Liquor Rooms cocktail bar, Dublin City Centre

The event has been organised to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017, the theme for the year is #BeBoldForChange. 

The event is free to attend. Click here for ticket registration. 

Our Speakers:


  1. Stephanie O’Sullivan

    Stephanie O’Sullivan, has been working as an Interior Designer in the Architectural industry for over 15 years. She started out in Galway working on large scale hotels, bars and restaurants. In 2006 she moved to London and entered the very fast paced world of school and office design.

    Three years ago Stephanie moved home to Dublin to work for Henry J Lyons Architects where she is to date. Henry J Lyons is one of Ireland’s leading Architectural practices with over 250 Architects & designers.

    Along with a bustling career in interior design, Stephanie also runs KID Store Dublin, an independent children’s shop in The Powerscourt Townhouse along with running Frank and Nora an online store that sells beautiful kids clothes.


  2. Deirdre Breen

    Deirdre splits her time between Visual Art and working as a Graphic Designer for Design Factory in Dublin. Some of her clients include Dublin International Film Festival, Ballymore, MCA Architects and FRKelly.

    After graduation from LSAD, Deirdre spent some time in London where she voluntarily became a member of the organisation Graphic Birdwatching, a platform and network dedicated to promoting and supporting women in Design. She was also involved in The Graphic Design Walk, an open studio walk celebrating the work and practice of female creatives in East London.

    Deirdre is a member of Damn Fine Print and Cork Printmakers where she designs and hand prints her own screen prints. “I’ve always enjoyed the interplay between art and design, and wanted to explore this area further in my own personal work”. Deirdre is currently working on her upcoming solo show SUPERSTRUCT which will take place in Damn Fine Print in April, a show that is not to be missed!


  3. Simone Smythe

    Simone Smyth will be at hand to share her secrets to success and what led to her becoming one half of digital design duo HyperBrow Studio.

    Hyperbrow have undertaken branding projects with the likes of Proper Order Coffee Co. and the Science Gallery Dublin.

    They were also chosen by the EU commission to develop a concept for the Hypatia Project, a fascinating project designed to introduce young females to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering + Maths) subjects.


  4. Katie Kidd

    Katie Kidd recently graduated from Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design and is now based in Boys and Girls Ltd as a Junior Art Director.

    Her graduate piece “Help! I have a desperate problem” examined Ireland’s relationship with women using Agony Aunt letters from Irish women’s magazines of the 20th Century. The project received a great response, even travelling to London for exhibition in the KK Outlet last October.

    Katie believes that creative work should be concept-driven, and that it should challenge the viewers’ behaviours and ways of thinking where possible. She tends to approach her work in a light-hearted way, dealing with quite serious topics in a tongue-in-cheek tone.


  5. Natalie B. Coleman

    Natalie’s work pivots between tradition and innovation. The use of indigenous tweeds from family weavers Molloy & Sons in Donegal are frequently used in her collections. She has developed a modern Irishness in her work with a narrative that is coupled with opulent fabrics, appliques, whimsical hand beaded and hand painted surface decoration.

    Natalie’s collections have gained her recognition from both Irish and international fashion press and buyers. Her collections have been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Grazia, Marie Claire, Dutch Vogue and Cosmos while fans of the label include Laura Whitmore, Angela Scanlon, Marina & The Diamonds, Suki Waterhouse, Lily Collins, Little Mix and Mary J Blige.


  6. Holly Pereira

    Holly Pereira is an artist, illustrator and animator, who is known for her bold and bright murals throughout Dublin City.

    Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Choice (2016) had a striking effect on Dublin’s urban landscape producing a decorative, floral piece with a powerful message.

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