International Women’s Day 2017

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.

Women in Design: Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling provided an inspirational evening of talks commending Ireland’s emerging and established female designers.

The event was organised to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017, referencing their theme for the year #BeBoldForChange. 




    1. Stephanie O’Sullivan

      Stephanie O’Sullivan, has worked 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 entering the fast paced world of school and office design.

      Three years ago Stephanie returned 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 with clients that include Dublin International Film Festival, Ballymore, MCA Architects and FRKelly.

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

      A member of Damn Fine Print and Cork Printmakers, Deirdre designs and creates 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”.

    3. Simone Smythe

      Simone Smyth is a digital designer and one half of the female-led HyperBrow Studio.

      Hyperbrow have undertaken branding projects for 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 is a graduate from the Visual Communication from the National College of Art and Design.

      Her graduate piece Help! I have a desperate problem examined Ireland’s relationship with women using Agony Aunt letters from Irish women’s magazines from the 20th century. The project received a great response, travelling to London for exhibition in the KK Outlet last October, it also gained her the role of junior art director at Boys and Girls Ltd.

      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. Her use of indigenous tweeds from family weavers Molloy & Sons in Donegal threads through 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 work has been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, Marie Claire and Dutch Vogue while fans of the label include Laura Whitmore, Angela Scanlon, Marina & The Diamonds.

    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.

    7. Laura Magahy

      Laura Magahy is the founder and director of MCO Projects and Arran Street East. Laura has been involved with the creative industry for 15 years, launching Arran Street East in 2015.  Each piece they make is hand-thrown in their studio, with forms, colours and names inspired by the fruit and veg sold in the Smithfield market across the road.





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