We had the distinct pleasure of hosting Richmond Women in Design for a visit and tour of Studio Two Three on May 22. These talented (and brave) women came to the studio on a walking tour despite a torrential downpour that was literally flooding the streets of Scott's Addition. Luckily, the studio had brand new rags (unused t-shirt scraps), some newly-washed towels (normally used for blotting etching paper dry for printing) and a roof to keep out the rain. I had the great pleasure of hearing about their professional pursuits, brainstorming potential collaborations, and discussing memberships with these creative humans. What fun!
Richmond Women in Design (RWiD) began in January 2010 to create a forum for women architects and professionals from allied fields to come together for education, mentorship, camaraderie, networking, community outreach, programs and research. We are affiliated with AIAVA’s Virginia Women in Design and a Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the AIA. Our members are architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic designers and others involved in the designed environment. Events are typically scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month and the location revolves, depending on the program. Our membership is free, thanks to the support of our sponsors.
RWiD strives to create and foster a community of women in the professions serving the built environment who have come together for mentorship, support, and advocacy for women in design. We provide opportunities to educate, enhance, explore and celebrate the historic and present contributions of women in our professions through education, networking, outreach and professional development.
RWiD focuses on programs that encourage and inspire women to be active members of the design community, to learn about career paths and foster leadership development, and to make meaningful connections through sharing professional and life experiences. Our events include networking events, presentations by women leaders in their fields, panel discussions, and building tours featuring women designers.
Put on your walking shoes! Richmond Women in Design is hosting a Craft Studio Walking Tour in Richmond’s fastest growing neighborhood, Scott’s Addition. The event will start promptly at 5:30pm, so be sure to find on-street parking in advance. Afterwards, please join us at Väsen Brewing Company for a social hour, with a first-come-first-serve starter bar tab on RWiD! Total walking tour distance: 0.6 mile. See flyer for map of tour.
Featured Craft Studios:
1. Phoenix Handcraft | 1607 Altamont Avenue | 5:30pm – 6:10pm
PHOENIX HANDCRAFT is a husband-and-wife team. Kyle Lucia is a furniture designer and traditionally-trained blacksmith. Johannah Willsey is a visual artist specializing in mosaic. Together they create modern designs in metal, mosaic, and wood with the timeless feel of handmade work.
2. Studio Two Three | 3300 West Clay Street | 6:20pm to 7:00pm
STUDIO TWO THREE is a nonprofit organization, where Richmond is making its creative community, telling its stories, and building its future. Studio Two Three’s mission is to give people the space, tools and classes they need to find that thing they love and make it.
Post-Tour Social Hour:
3. Väsen Brewing Company | 3331 West Moore Street | 7:05pm to 8:00pm