Hello, my name is Hattie Speed.

I am an award winning designer-maker and creator of the multi-disciplinary project, This Girl Makes.

Although my specialty is fine furniture making, I use different mediums within my creative practice, to spread my message that craft should be accessible to all, as I believe that making has life-changing, therapeutic benefits and is a basic human need. My experience of childhood bereavement is a significant motivation in the work that I do, and I am keen to invite this into discussions surrounding my work. 

For me, This Girl Makes means questioning binaries, challenging traditions and engaging with marginalised people. It might mean something entirely different for you?


Distinction – Art Foundation Diploma (specialism: 3D Design), Newcastle College, 2015.

First – Furniture Design & Make BA Hons, Oxford Brookes University (Rycotewood Furniture Centre), 2018.

Merit – Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Oxford Brookes University, 2022.


Fuel Awards Creative & Design Winner. Oxford Brookes University, 2019.

Best in Show (Corkey’s Cabinet). Young Furniture Maker’s Exhibition, 2018.

Hellen Prize for Best in Show (Corkey’s Cabinet). Rycotewood Furniture Centre, 2018.

Linley Summer School Participant, 2017.

Shortlist (Hinny Reading Stools). Wood Awards, 2017.

NADFAS Scholarship, 2017.

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