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Last June a show entitled Dissenyadores arrived at the Vic Social Club that brought together the work of ten pioneering Catalan female designers. Besides the exhibition, its curators – teachers Teresa Julio, Teresa Martínez and M. Àngels Fortea – published a catalogue that contained a short biographical note about each designer. I hadn’t heard of any of them, but that wasn’t surprising as I’m not that familiar with the world of design. I happened to have visited Barcelona’s Museu del Disseny, where I had observed that most of the objects on display in the show Del món al museu. Disseny de producte, patrimoni cultural had been created by male designers. To all this I should add that I was continuously coming across the hashtag #onsonlesdones in the tweets sent by several of my friends.
Faced with that situation, I asked myself whether the world would be different had its objects been designed by women. Thinking about my friends and contacts, I realised that among all the people I know, most of those who worked in the field of design are women. So I decided to ask their opinion — I wanted to know their thoughts, as professionals, about the links between the world of design and women, based on their own knowledge, their feelings and views …
The texts presented this month have been written by them: female designers who, working in different fields of specialisation, aren’t perhaps too used to writing such texts and yet have made a huge effort to speak in the first person about their hands-on experience.
(Highlighted image: Anna Bunting Branch. The Linguists)