Design Week 2018: Local Makers Panel

Calling all Makers!

Hear from local designers creating their own furniture, letterpress prints, jewelry, ceramics, activist art and more! Panelists will examine the influence the DMV has had on their work and discuss how they’ve used design to impact their community and beyond.

Pyramid Atlantic Print Demo

Print your own limited edition posters, including a two-color letterpress poster designed by DCDW’s 2018 featured artist, LA Johnson, and a one-color screen print poster designed by Heather Harvey, graphic designer at idfive, Baltimore Design Week's 2018 design sponsor!

Panel of local Baltimore and DC makers:

Hadiya Williams

Hadiya Williams is an art director, intuitive visual arts maker and owner of Black Pepper Paperie based in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and recently her letterpress invitation for the wedding of Shantrelle P. Lewis and Tony Lawson, dubbed the "Blackest wedding of 2016", has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture.

Jermaine Táron Bell

Jermaine Taron Bell is a Visual Designer, and alumni of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Jermaine previously served as the Programming Chair of AIGA Baltimore and as the Marketing & Programming Director for Impact Hub Baltimore. In May 2018, Jermaine wrapped an Open Society Institute Fellowship where he engaged with black makers and artist communities in Baltimore. Bell, is also a budding entrepreneur who sells his handcrafted prints, stationery, and lapel pins under the moniker jtbeezwax, a fun play on the designer’s name. 

Olivia Huffman

Olivia is the co-founder of BeNice.Shop, a sticker store by Friendly Design Co, a design studio based in Washington, DC. Olivia and her co-founder Hannah wanted to do something nice in response to the 2016 election—they brainstormed. They drank tea. They doodled. And then launched BeNice.Shop.

Kari Miller

Kari Miller is a Baltimore-based, Texas native with a deep love of paper, printing and color. Kari started Tiny Dog Press, a letterpress and silk screen design and print company in 2013. Through Tiny Dog Press, Kari hopes to encourage and delight as well as show just how much is possible with a little creativity and a lot of heart. Kari is dedicated to the local economy as well as giving back to society. Organizer of the Benefit Baltimore market, a 2 year running “Giving Tuesday” artisan market, she loves bringing the makers of Baltimore together to support local non-profits through public visibility and philanthropy.

Franc Rosario

Francisco Rosario's 15 year photography career included shoots with The Wu-Tang Clan and a 5 year stint working for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. An autodidact ever interested in a new creative adventure, Francisco transitioned from photography into wood and then metal fabrication-initially motivated to make objects like those he was being exposed to but could not afford. His most recent work is focused on space specific design of furniture and tools for individual artists and creative spaces including Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and the Japanese Information and Cultural Center. In his playtime, Francisco works on geometric wood and metal sculpture exploring space and place.

Bridget Parlato

Bridget Parlato is a designer/artist/activist based in urban southeast Baltimore, MD. She runs Full Circuit Studio as a freelance designer specializing in cause-related work. She also runs Baltimore Trash Talk, an anti-trash activism initiative that works towards raising awareness and seeking behavioral change through digital and print campaigns, sculptures, public events, performances, installations and school outreach.

Val Lucas

Val Lucas, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), runs Bowerbox Press, a letterpress and woodcut printing studio in rural Monkton, Maryland. She is inspired by the natural world and landscapes, wildlife and farm animals, and the history of letterpress printing. By combining the age-old traditions of hand-set metal and wood type with woodcut images, she creates prints, posters and cards that reflect her diverse interests. She also collects and restores historical printing machinery, and teaches workshops to spread the knowledge of traditional letterpress printing.


This event is co-produced by AIGA DC and AIGA Baltimore.

NOTE: In order to receive the AIGA member pricing for this event, members must register through their respective AIGA chapter. AIGA Baltimore members may register through either the AIGA Baltimore Eventbrite page or, and AIGA DC members must register at

When & Where
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
4318 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD 20781