The Women’s Center for Creative Work was founded in Los Angeles in 2013 by Kate Johnston, Katie Bachler and Sarah Williams. We have since grown into a multifarious organization with many nodes, projects, committees and workcenter volunteers. Below are our primary team members.
Sarah uses her formidable processing power to keep WCCW’s administration, programming, business dealings, and external projects running smoothly. Her passion for creating systems to support inclusive, malleable platforms for creatives of all stripes to present work and build communities keeps her energized as she tackles the infinite library of spreadsheets it takes to run the organization. Sarah graduated from the Masters in Public Art Studies program at USC and studied Art History at UC Santa Cruz before that. She has also been a Project Manger at ForYourArt since 2007, serves on Arts for LA’s Programming Advisory Committee, and co-founded the Art Book Review. In her spare time she likes building stuff, playing basketball, and thinking about horses.
Kate is the producer and distributor of the public communications of the WCCW. She believes that typography is step one in a system of care: to communicate pertinent information clearly and comfortably is her form of activism. She organizes systems of information, corrals content, develops names and themes for events & programs, and creates the center’s visual language & graphic messaging. She started developing graphic languages for utopian collectives during her tenure in the MFA Graphic Design program at CalArts and hasn’t really stopped since. She also holds a BA in Classics from Pitzer College, runs a freelance design practice, and occasionally makes a magazine about pants. Kate can often be found organizing even the minutiae on the shelves around the center, an activity she apparently finds meditative.
Emily wears many hats at WCCW, literally and figuratively. Through introducing people to the space, managing hosts and volunteers, tracking membership, and coordinating with program facilitators, she makes sure everything at the workspace is running smoothly. She is incredibly grateful to be constantly learning about community building, intersectional feminism, and arts organizing, and dreams of one day running her own queer / feminist community space!
Combining her interests of image making and creative collaboration, Salima spends her days reaching out to those interested in the WCCW’s programming via social media, calendar and archive management. With her loud laugh and next level outfits, she presents a friendly face to all who support WCCW. As a part of the communications team, she takes pride in being a part of the WCCW family and facilitating participation with our community!
Allison is a writer and zine-maker. Her writing can be found in Jacket2, Full Stop, Entropy, and elsewhere. She also works as an excerpts editor for The Offing. As print lab manager, she hopes to be a resource to those interested in self-publishing, collaboration, and writing.
Hana Ward is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. She earned a B.A. in Education from Brown University in 2011 where she worked as a Graphic Designer for their Third World Center. She likes drawing and sculpting little characters with things on their mind— endearing yet undeniably melancholic beings. Hana is also the co-founder of Uno+Ichi, a brand specializing in handmade ceramicware. You can often her with an large cup of herbal brew and some fruit in her purse.
Lindsey Baguio Gerhard is a writer who lives in Frogtown. With a background in journalism, she does freelance work within the spheres of digital content creation and social media. She enjoys morning bike rides on the LA River, Netflix marathons and making things like flower arrangements, chocolate chip cookies and lists.
Carola is an Argentine-born, east-coast raised photographer, editor and curator recently moved to Los Angeles after five years in the Bay Area, working in all levels of photo production with a focus on documentary and travel. She is excited about learning from, engaging with, and building her female creative community and interested about the crossovers and connections that can exist within art, feminism, activism and education in such a massive city like LA. Carola can often be found experimenting with shibori and indigo, tending to her garden and plants, building furniture, or riding her bike.
Nickole is an independent, Los Angeles based Photographer and Artist. Her client base includes movie studios, musicians, and even downtown craft breweries. A proud and passionate Philly girl, Nickole takes her love for history, architecture, and nature and combines them in her eclectic works. An avid explorer, she loves camping and hiking with her three beautiful daughters and the love of her life. You’ll find her carving wood, making jewelry, playing with blow torches, and baking bread at any given moment. Nickole joins WCCW, with a gratitude to the community of amazingly creative women, and a eye to the future as one of LA’s visionary artists.