Jane Hervey, founder of #bossbabesatx, headed a show-stopping event during last year’s Austin Design Week.
Working alongside &Feminist, #bossbabesatx organized a panel and art installation that explored the place where our personal/political narratives intersect with our social/built environment. Hosted at Lewis Carnegie Design Studio, the event also featured a film screening from Open Architecture: Austin.
Jane recently spoke with us to reflect on her experience and give some guidance to those of you who want to put your best foot forward at Austin Design Week this year.
How they chose what and who to include:
People need to hear from those they can relate with, and they need to hear it presented in a way that is conceptually accessible and that that provides the most educational environment.
So in designing the panel, and thinking about who was going to be on it, but also who we collaborated with, how we talked about space, how we talked about the influence of gender equality on how we think about space, just, you know, how we cultivate culture, it really made sense to create something that was creative but had, you know, a creative component.
So there was the &Feminist installation during the panel. And then also to bring in perspectives that were not necessarily from designers but from people who are designing our communities and designing the systems that we live in and designing the education that we receive.
And so that definitely informed the panel and how it developed and how we chose who we chose.