Design Museum Mornings: Sneakers With Soul

September 22, 2017 -- 8:30am - 10:00am

Learn the unparalleled impact that design can play in the recovery process with Jenn Scholes, Nike designer and member of the Doernbecher Freestyle team.

Join us for the September installation of Design Museum Mornings!

In the journey to recovery, design can assume a unique role—it’s a mode of storytelling unlike any other that allows one to explore their journey while simultaneously developing a symbol of achievement and progress. Portland is home to one of the most inspirational initiative that embodies this concept of design as a tool for recovery, the Doernbecher Freestyleprogram. Each year, a handful of patients at Doernbecher Children’s hospital pair with a team of Nike designers and developers to produce the sneakers of their dreams. In “the program that doesn’t say no”, kids see their wildest ideas become reality and emerge confident they can conquer any challenge.

Jenn Scholes, senior color designer at Nike, will share her experience working with patient Kira Smith in 2013. Through Victorian textiles, Alice in Wonderland motifs, and endless inspiration, the pair told the story of Kira’s battle and triumph over OCD on a sneaker that ultimately launched Kira’s now thriving fashion career. Seeing the design through to creation marked a powerful experience for Kira and Jenn alike.

It all came down to the storytelling. Great stories come from inspiration, and inspiration creates great stories and Kira had one.” – Jenn Scholes

Taking place at Wacom Experience Center the morning of September 22nd, Jenn will explore the impact of design when applied to the healing journey. Complete with breakfast and coffee, this Design Museum Mornings is not to be missed!

Doors open at 8:30 am; Presentation begins at 9:00 am. Breakfast will be served.

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