About Women Who Design the West

Women Who Design the West premiered in Cody September 2010 as a special exhibition at Style West with Thea Marx.

 Women Who Design the West is an exclusive exhibition featuring women who design and create western craft.  The exhibition will also feature a keynote speaker each day who will address design, marketing and business issues. Presenters are: Pam Fields, CEO, Stetson Worldwide, Hilary Heminway, internationally known interior designer and Cheryl McMullen, Founder and Designer, Double D Ranchwear.

 Each woman selected for the show is considered to be a master at her craft or a rising star.  “I feel it is integral to introduce the public to these profoundly talented women, some of whom work in male dominated sectors and others who are keeping dying arts alive.  Each exhibitor has a talent that is extraordinary and they should be recognized,” says Thea Marx, exhibition founder. 

 Stetson has endorsed Women Who Design the West and will be inducting each craftswoman into the Stetson Craftsman’s Alliance. The mission of this alliance is to recognize and honor excellence across western craft disciplines. “Having Stetson endorse the show is a major leg up for each exhibitor, it is the number one brand in America.  The name itself speaks volumes,” notes Marx, who has worked with Stetson for several years on the project.

Watch the Women Who Design the West Video Created by Stetson and see the photo montage of the inductees to the Stetson Craftsman’s Alliance in 2010.

 Women Who Design the West exhibitors are:  Diane Ross, furniture maker, Willow Creek Montana Meredith Lockhart, Fashion Designer, Nortonville, KS,  Shoni Maulding, Horsehair Hitcher, Kettle Falls WA, Suzanne MM Warner, Beader, Phoenix OR, Candace Roanhorse, Jewelry Maker, Ft. Defiance, AZ, Audra Draper, Knife Maker, Riverton WY, Maegan Crowley, Blacksmith, Grand Junction CO, Jessica Camilla O’Neal, fashion designer, Dubois WY, Amber Jean, woodcarver, Livingston MT, Clair Kehrberg, Saddlemaker and handbag designer, John Day OR.

Amber Jean works in her studio

 Style West  features 30 talented award winning artists, designers and craftspeople at the Cody Auditorium showing furniture, fashion, jewelry, art and home accessories. The fun Interlude fashion shows will be at 2pm and 4pm daily. Style West and Women Who Design the West fashion exhibitors will also be seen on the run at the Boot Scoot ‘n Boogie in downtown Cody on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 6 pm. 

 Contemporarywesterndesign.com sponsors the event and the website’s co-partner Heather Christensen says, “It is so exciting to see a pioneer event like Women Who Design the West that honors the women of the western industry.  There is nothing else like it.  We are proud to be the sponsor of its inaugural year.”

 For more information on Style West or Women Who Design the West call 307-587-8008, 307-587-7061 or visit www.contemporarywesterndesign.com.


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