How do designers generate inspiration? Join fashion designer and educator Lesley Ware for a hands-on workshop that explores sourcing materials and ideas for your own mood board. More than just collages, mood boards can inspire everything from websites to books to home interiors. Participants will enhance their design literacy skills and build a network with other participants who are interested in exploring innovative tools to use in their own practices, classrooms, or organizations.

No prior experience in design required. Recommended for ages 16+. 

Lesley Ware is a fashion as selfcare advocate, designer and maker! She is the author of four books, including Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas, My Fab Fashion Style File, How to Be a Fashion Designer, and 101 Ways to Love Your Style. As a joyful leader and pioneer in the world of fashion education and design, she helps young people expand their creative talents through personal style. Ware has developed and led specialized education programs with several institutions, including Parsons School of Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Times Student Journeys and New Visions for Public Schools. In 2008 she founded The Creative Cookie, a blog that was a behind-the-scenes look at New York’s fashion scene. She is now designing her second collection of clothing that she describes as “quirky lady bridal wear”. Upcoming projects include the release of a fifth book and a fashion history podcast. She lives in New York with her husband and two kittens. 


This free program will feature breakout rooms and will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. 

About Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held every other Wednesday beginning March 3, 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops. Find out more about all upcoming Design Snacks programs. 

Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.