Celebrating Women in Craft & Design


THIS GIRL MAKES is a multi-dimensional project that started as a blog in October 2016.

Taking inspiration from the THIS GIRL CAN movement, the initiative celebrates women in the craft and design industries, in pursuit of removing the outdated view of gendered job roles. It also strives to educate and inspire a new generation of makers, as well as highlighting how making can provide women with resilience and independence.

The blog responds to two facts: women still remain under represented within this sphere, and there is an increasing skills gap within the UK furniture industry. Therefore it features craftspeople, designers and makers from a variety of backgrounds, to highlight how industry can benefit from diversity.

From writing, the blog turned into doing, and now THIS GIRL MAKES consists of an online community, events program, and printed publication.

The events program currently includes practical courses that provide an introduction to craft that can be adapted and tailored to specific needs. Harriet Poppy Speed, the founder of THIS GIRL MAKES, also delivers talks on the project and her own experiences as a furniture designer maker and young woman entering into industry.

What the project has yet to offer is as diverse as the community it strives to bring together. THIS GIRL MAKES is open to all, not just women, and not just makers. It is only as strong as those that are part of it, so please feel free to get in touch with ideas and opportunities.

Projects that are currently in development for THIS GIRL MAKES are:

  • Exhibitions
  • Mentoring scheme
  • Podcast series
  • Video blog series
  • Greater choice of workshops
  • Merchandise
  • Build at Home kits
  • Poster Campaign


If you feel you can assist with any of the above, then we would love to hear from!