This Girl Makes Volume 2, 2020

This Girl Makes celebrates women in craft and design, so we’ve put together this 100-page book to showcase some of the very best talent from the contemporary making scene.

“It has been such a tough year and there have been times when I’ve not seen the relevance of my own work, but I realise now more than ever that we need each other to help us get through it, and this book is such an embodiment of that. I am so excited to see the book and it will be so good to have a physical result, as all my degree shows were cancelled for digital ones. It is so tough when things don’t go as expected, but this book is like a little light at the end of the tunnel.”     – Rosie Johnson, Product Design Graduate

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This Girl Makes Volume 1, 2018

Oxford Brookes University awarded a bursary to This Girl Makes, as part of their Student Impact fund. The application was kindly supported by staff at Rycotewood Furniture Centre.

The book aims to represent women at all levels of industry, from those taking their GCSEs right through to those who have been making for over twenty years. In total there were 16 features in the book, which include: written accounts, design drawings, photographs and illustrations, as well as an illustrated, fold-out poster.

The book was printed in Oxford by an independent company called Common Books (, using a Riso Printer, which is an environmentally friendly alternative to standard printing and gives a unique quality to the final outcome.

A limited order of 150 copies were printed, however a digital pdf copy is available upon request. Following the printing of the book, This Girl Makes was invited to showcase the project at Oxford Brookes Enterprise Fair.


“I received your book earlier today and wanted to drop you an email to say thank you for sending me a copy. I’m about half way through and I think that you approached the topic of women in the craft industry in a really inspiring way. As a young person entering the world of designer/makers, it’s very interesting to find out about other women’s stories and approaches to making and designing while bringing attention to furniture making as something to be encouraged among all kinds of people, so thank you again.”

Olivia, Apprentice Furniture Maker

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