creative, activist, dancer
SESSION: Tuesday, October 20, 1:00
Manifestations of White Supremacy in Design
Hear from a diverse panel of Black creatives on their experiences working in Oregon’s white-dominated design industry.
With: Julia Bond (Assistant Apparel Designer at ADIDAS), Danielle McCoy (Designer at Wieden + Kennedy) and Justin Morris (Creative Director at Kamp Grizzly). Moderated by Jason Graham / MOsley WOtta.
ABOUT JULIA BOND:
Julia Bond is a designer, dancer, creative, and activist. Her work and life have been rooted in expressing how vast and non-monolithic the black experience is. She has worked for brands like Amazon, Under Armour, and is currently an Assistant Apparel Designer at Adidas. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Julia currently lives in Portland, OR where she works as an apparel designer for Men’s Originals product. While at Adidas, Julia chose to write an open letter to her employer demanding the brand be held accountable by acknowledging and apologizing for systemic racism within its walls.
It called on Adidas to “issue a public apology for the racism and discrimination that they have openly enabled and perpetuated across the brand.” She leads a protest at the Portland headquarters everyday at noon until the brand chooses to acknowledge the problem they are trying to fix.
She is only here because of the black women that came before her, and she hopes to create a space in this industry in which black women can show up as themselves and nothing less.