And that’s exactly how it is already in March and a year has passed since the global pandemic began. Fortunately, we have something to celebrate with March, as March marks the month of Womxn’s history and March 8th is International Womxn Day. On both occasions, we’re partnering with the Female Design Council (FDC) for the second time to highlight five talented designers, artists, and makers who identify women and their incredible work. The Female Design Council was launched in 2016 by kinder MODERN founder Lora Appleton as a platform to support all women in the design industry. The design world has long been dominated by men, but designers who identify women and women are breaking new standards every day, especially when organizations like the FDC are helping the process, and it’s a welcome sight! To celebrate this year’s International Womxn Day, we’re sharing five of the designers and artists who are changing the game.
1st season Evans
Pennsylvania-born Season Evans is a self-taught quilting and textile artist whose work proves that while quilting is rooted in tradition, the result can be modern. Her Seattle quilts are canvases that tell stories inspired by traditional patterns that she has remembered since childhood and that have lived in different cities and the experiences that have come with them. Season finds the quilt-making process, with its intimate, tactile, and repetitive nature, as a form of meditation that is reflected in the hypnotic patterns she creates that fit perfectly with contemporary life.
2. Tom Lerental or Tomma Bloom
Tom Lerental is a textile designer, artist and founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Tomma Bloom in Boston. After earning a B. Design in Textiles (Cum Laude) from Shekar College and an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from Tel Aviv University, she began a studio practice focused on visual and material exploration. The studio combines a love of colors and textures, creating surface designs, woven fabrics, tufted art and object designs that combine history and folklore to tell a contemporary story.
3. Anishka Clarke from Ishka Designs
Jamaica-born Anishka Clarke from Brooklyn is the interior designer of Ishka Designs, a company she runs with her partner Niya Bascom. There she focuses on creating beautiful, timeless spaces that are inspired by nature, minimalist and modern. After a decade in finance, her love of interior design intelligently led to awards such as being on Elle Decor’s A-List for 2019 and 2020 and the presentation of the company’s projects in various media. Just last month, the first Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) initiative unveiled the Obsidian Virtual Concept House, revealing 25 virtual spaces created by independent black designers, artists and creators, including Ishka Designs. Anishka and Niya were used by BADG to design one of the spaces in the virtual house, and they created a quiet outdoor space that revolves around wellness and functionality.
4. Lotta Jansdotter
Although the artist and designer Lotta Jansdotter lives and works in Brooklyn, she brings her Scandinavian roots to her print patterns and motifs, something she has been doing for 25 years. After attending a class at a California community school to learn screen printing at age 19, Lotta found her calling after falling in love with the process, which was organized and dirty, rhythmic and unpredictable. Screen printing allowed her to reproduce her hand-drawn patterns on fabric, which opened up a world of possibilities for creating stylish, yet practical furnishings and bedding. Since then, her work can be found on fabrics, table linen, pillows, bags, sketchbooks, etc., which are characterized by clear, minimalist and natural patterns. For the past 15 years, Lotta has licensed her designs to brands such as Herman Miller, Room and Board, Heath Ceramics, Target, ABC Home, and others. Now she is able again to produce her own production with offers of hand-printed pillows for trading through Shoppe Object.
5. BOA from OI Studio
BOA is the founder and creative director of OI Studio, a New Orleans design company focused on bespoke furniture and home accessories made using sustainable materials and processes. Growing up in St. John, US Virgin Islands, she saw firsthand the need to maintain a balance between the natural environment and the man-made world, which led her passion for sustainable luxury. After studying graphics at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, BOA taught herself how to design furniture while refining her aesthetic, which blends nature, minimalism and fine craftsmanship. She switched to green design in the early 2000s and spent years promoting sustainability across the industry, years before manufacturers and customers got on board. And like Anishka above, BOA is a member of the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) and was one of 23 designers who designed a space – in her case a hanging veranda – for the Obsidian Virtual Concept House.
Join the Female Design Council and Grant 01 Selection Committee:
International Womxn Day, March 8th at 7pm ET for a special digital chat celebrating recipients Luam Melake + Mia Wright-Ross and six FDC Grant 01 winners.
Each designer presents their design proposals and offers the opportunity to find out about the creative process behind their project.
Join the Female Design Council
Our mission is to provide professional support and job opportunities to women and women identified in the design industry. This support takes many forms: PR opportunities, exhibitions, contacts with other like-minded creatives who are open to collaboration, offer experience and share resources. Click here to join the Female Design Council.