We are very excited to participate in the 9th annual Prêt-à-Porter Fashion Show held each fall in Denver. During the past decade Prêt-a-Porter has established itself as Denver’s main stage event for creative and inspiring design.
In the runway, leading Architecture/ Interior design firms and students showcase garments crafted with a diverse range of interior finishes and raw material generally used in construction. Garments need to be comprised of at least 80% of that manufacturer’s product and will be judged based on creativity, craftsmanship, wear ability, use of sustainable products and model presence on the runway.
Women In Design is honored and very excited to be paired with Ad Light+Sign, a team of talented custom lighting designers and fabricators.
This year’s theme is Art Deco which translates to bold geometric shapes, symmetry, vertical lines and at times, lavish ornamentation.
The event is organized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of IIDA and is held at the stunning Ellie Caulkins Opera Theater. Be sure to save the date of September 13th for the fashion show to come out and see WiD and other design firm’s creations!
By Heidi Mendoza
WiD Events Committee Member
Prêt-à-Porter Team Captain
Women in Design, Denver! Denver City Agency, Arts and Venues, launches a plan to update Denver’s cultural plan. We are inviting WiD membership to participate in the drafting of IMAGINE DENVER 2020. As professionals, participants, and aficionados of the built environment, your feedback and voice is welcomed and critical.
What makes a city great? Some would say, at the top of that list are accessible and affordable cultural events and activities.
The nations most successful cities rely on a civic cultural plan to find out the most efficient way to provide that. A 1989 cultural plan has resulted in a number of long-term changes that have benefited the arts. By documenting the thoughts and input of Denverites, Imagine Denver 2020 will inform an effort to provide resources and collaborative efforts to support arts and culture in our city going forward.
If we had 7 years to turn Denver into a booming cultural landmark (by year 2020), would you take pride in saying that you helped to accomplish that? The Imagine Denver 2020 project is a development effort designed to give Denver a renewed sense of direction in the promotion of art, culture and creativity.
As builders of community, we ask Women in Design members, to be at the frontlines to help shape and build a better and more culturally expressive community for Denver. Whether you feel that the cultural experiences in Denver are sufficient or drastically need improvement, we want to hear what you have to say.
Visit the website at http://www.ImagineDenver2020.org for more information on their cause and a list of events and free museum dates. Please take the SURVEY and spread the Word. This is your opportunity to have a voice in this civic cultural plan and then join WiD on Facebook for a discussion.
By Ariel Sims
WiD Events Committee Member
On Tuesday March 19th the Women (and Men) of Women in Design (WiD) met at Teammates showroom to learn the Japanese art of folding paper, origami. The flower we created was a lily, which is an intermediate origami fold, so we broke into groups and went step by step, folding multiple sheets of paper for each step. Everyone seemed to pick it up pretty quickly and the bouquet flourished. There was lots of socializing and
We also had two prizes to be giving away to participants at the event. Congrats to our two winners; a Teknion Conflex desk lamp:
Carmen Schechinger and Teknion Fits chair to Kay Wilson. Thank you to our sponsor, Caven Hill with Teknion.bits of frustration but overall everyone had a great time.
Everyone took a few of their flowers home and the rest were used to put together a bouquet on the recycled SIP panel from the Habitat for Humanity build day. This is our way of “paying it forward” to the Habitat project – using leftover materials to create a unique piece of art that will look good in any environment. These also can be a memory keep-sake, by making the flowers out of pictures from a build day.
Our goal is to make and sell enough of these to purchase an IKEA kitchen for one of the duplexes. We will be selling and advertising for these at all of our events. If your interested in purcahsing one please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
by Carmen Schechinger
WiD Networking Chair
WiD - the only volunteer group with their own custom nail belts
Our volunteers gathered once again on a beautiful sunny morning up in Kittredge. The Blue Spruce Habitat team was ready for us with a brand new list of things to do. Those who were most comfortable with heights strapped in and headed to the roof to install the wood framed overhangs. Those less inclined to stand on top of the world built the frames on the ground and hoisted them up. Others worked with expandable foam, grinders, nail guns and more. We were very busy all day and got a lot done.
The weather was perfect on Saturday, and so were our volunteers. We stopped off in Evergreen this time for some reportedly awesome burgers. Our table was packed with 16 hungry helpers and we had a lot of fun getting to know each other. Some of us stayed to sing….but that’s a whole other story and one that should stay in Evergreen.
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Don’t you just love it when you meet someone at an event and they are just the connection you are looking for? Well, that is exactly what happened at our 1st annual Women in Design VIP Membership party last month.
As a member of the WiD Steering Committee, I arrived early to help set up for the event. There were only a few of us there, so it was a great opportunity to network and that’s when I met Cameron. We got to talking and I asked him how he got involved in Women in Design, he said that he was involved with Habitat for Humanity on a site that Women in Design was also assigned too. This was where it all started. He was given the task of installing tile in the bathroom alongside Connie (a fellow WiD member) and the connection was made. They tiled, laughed, and had a blast together. From there Cameron met other WiDs and husbands of WiDs and kept in contact with them. When the membership party rolled around Connie asked Cameron if he wanted to attend and help set up and he was very willing to help out.
We got to talking about his career and I learned that he had a Bachelors Degree in Architecture, had recently moved to Denver in November, and was currently looking for a position. He didn’t have much experience but had a positive attitude, seemed to be very action oriented and a quick thinker. The great part for me was that I was actually looking to fill an open position in my CAD Store Planning Department. The position had been open for about a month and my recruiter had not had much luck finding many qualified candidates.
Then the conversation shifted to me and we talked about my career. I mentioned that I was the Manager of the in-house CAD Store Planning Department at Sports Authority. Coincidentally, he had sent his resume over to apply for an opening in that department last week! It might have been in my recruiter’s inbox, or she may not have passed it over to me based on his experience. Either way it’s amazing how different it is meeting someone and learning about them in person versus trying to figure out what they are all about from a resume.
So we exchanged information and the next day he sent over his resume/portfolio. I brought him in that week to interview with myself and the Supervisor that he would be working for. She also happens to be a member of Women in Design. The interview went great and we offered him the position. He accepted and started the following Monday. I was hoping our first annual Membership Party would be a success and it was not only a success for the WiD organization, but also for Cameron and I.
-written by Kimberly E. Malone
Membership Steering Committee Member
-photo by Angela Terrell