Dames & Dumplings


Thu 28th May, 2020


Live Stream


This event is open - bookings are not available.

Event Partner

Finsbury Green B&W
Dames & Dumplings Nourish
Artwork credit: Poppy Rodrigues

Dames & Dumplings is an annual event hosted by AGDA for and about women in the creative industry, which as the title reveals includes eating dumplings (obvs).

Our three talented panellists all have their own story to share but this year, our debates and discussions will centre around the topic: Nourish — Nourishing the mind, nourishing the world and nourishing the heart.

More than ever, we at AGDA feel a sense of purpose in what we do – supporting our members, Australian creatives and the industry through a difficult and uncertain period. It has never been more important. We have all had to rethink the way we live, work and feel. All of our lives have been affected and changed by Covid-19. And it has never been more important to come together, to connect and support one another to remain safe and nourished.

To every creative dame, this is for you. Dames & Dumplings provides an opportunity to connect as a creative community and as women.


Beci Orpin, Artist and Designer, @beciorpin
Danling Xiao, Creative Director and Founder, @mundane_matters

Graziela Machado, Art Director and Designer @grazibm


Elizaveta Pogossov, Senior Creative & Art Director / AGDA Councilwoman


MEMBERS FREE - register to receive the webinar link
We’d love to have everyone involved but due to limitations on the webinar platform, members will have first preference for places.  If numbers allow, we will of course open it up to all dames!

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next live event when we call all be together again.


Thursday 28 May, 2020

6.30pm – 8pm (Australian Eastern)
6.30pm - Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney

6pm– Adelaide & Darwin

4.30pm – Perth

8.30pm – New Zealand


4-Poster set $20 (incl. p+p)
A donation from the sale of posters will go to the Green Samaritans: a social enterprise on a mission to support women experiencing homelessness. 

The Green Samaritans app teaches plant parents and budding gardeners how to garden and look after their houseplants and all proceeds from the app subscription go into building community gardens that provide a safe space for women to find community, learn to grow their own food and connect with professional services that help get them back on their feet.

The posters can be ordered here.

Download Pork & Chive Dumpling Recipe
Download Vegetarian Dumpling Recipe

Danling Xiao Poster

Elizaveta Pogossov Poster

Graziela Machado Poster

D&D Beci Orpin Poster

Portrait of Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin is a creative practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work occupies a space between illustration, design and craft. Beci has run her studio for over 20 years, catering to a wide range of clients, as well as exhibiting her work both locally and internationally.

She has authored and illustrated four D.I.Y books and three children’s titles. Her work is described as colourful, graphic, bold, feminine and dream-like, and she has been referred to as a ‘national treasure’.

Portrait of Danling Xiao

Danling Xiao

Danling Xiao pursues her passion in creativity and entrepreneurship with a strong focus on human-centred design and sustainability. Danling has dedicated her work to her design practice Mundane Matters as well as various clients including SMEs, government organisations and tech startups.

Danling collaborates with talents of diverse expertise, from tech experts to hands-on builders and makers, to achieve greater social good together. Most importantly, Danling enjoys her morning yoga, meditation, books, food and late afternoon walk - self love and nourishment is her top priority.

Portrait of Graziela Machado

Graziela Machado

After working for agencies such as Frost and eskimo, Graziela made the move into the freelance world. One of her favourite projects was creating the design of FEAST, a kids education program by OzHarvest. This project inspired her to become more mindful of the impact us as designers have on people and our planet.

With a passion for mental health, education and sustainability, Graziela is currently creating a new brand for her business, which will focus on bringing about positive change.

Portrait of Elizaveta Pogossov

Elizaveta Pogossov

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Elizaveta is a Senior Creative and Art Director working with the wonderful humans of Accompany. Elizaveta has been nourishing her mind (and heart) for the last 10 years, working with a wide range of clients and honing her craft at some of Australia’s best known studios including eskimo, Moon, Mojo and Boccalatte.

But above all she believes in self-love and does so with her garden, home-made pickles and 1 year old boxer-lab, Sully.