This International Women's Day we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight just some of the amazing women behind some of our favourite Scottish factories, fabricators and manufacturers. 

1. Jenny Robertson, A'Nead, Knitwear, Eigg

Jenny Robertson set up A'Nead Knitwear to make money doing something that she really loves. At A'Nead typical clients are often people looking for a hand knitted lace shawl, wrap, stole or scarf. Jenny sources local raw wool, which is often white and Silver Gotland or Merino. This is then combed and carded, before being hand spun into yarn. No two items are ever the same. 

2. Alice Jacobs, Flux Laser Studio, Laser Cutting, Glasgow

Alice set up Flux in 2012, providing a bespoke service to creative practitioners from laser cutting, engraving and last year, opening a CNC facility. She can help with anything from initial ideas, file drawing and prototypes all the way through to final production. 

3. Senga McShannock, Greenhills Clothing, Textiles, Coatbridge

Senga is the Director of Coatbridge based Greenhills Clothing. They are a cut and sew clothing manufacturer making apparel, garments and accessories for designers, small brands, independent shops and costume departments.

4. Ruth Davies, Pollock Davies, Wood, Glasgow

Another GSA Sculpture graduate, Ruth had an interest in woodcarving and through working with her retired colleague Robert Pollock, she learned about patternmaking for cast metals. Ruth's skills and knowledge have allowed her to continue patternmaking using woodworking which is a traditional skill that has almost been lost in Scotland as the number of patternmakers working in foundries quickly declines. 

5. Zoe + Solii Brodie, Be Fab Be Creative, Digital Textiles, Edinburgh

In 2013, sisters Zoe and Solii set up Be Fab after Zoe had her daughter and Solii had been made redundant. They had both discovered how difficult it was for small designers to get their fabric designs printed. They set up Be Fab together to make digital fabric printing as accessible as possible.

6. Kerry Hammond, Powderhall Bronze Foundry, Metal, Edinburgh

Established in 1989, Powderhall Bronze is one of Scotland's premiere fine art foundries who also specialise in conservation and restoration services. They also run regular classes as well as studio spaces for sculptors.

7. Fiona Thompson, Cyan Clayworks, Ceramics, Edinburgh

Fiona set up Cyan Clayworks as an artist-run social enterprise in 2012. She has over 15 years experience in ceramic practice, she set up the studio to provide a creative hub for ceramics.

8. Gillian Forbes, Stonemason, Perth & Kinross 

Gillian has been a stonemason since 1995, after undertaking a 2-year course in stonemasonry and carving in Weymouth, Dorset. She wanted to fully immerse herself in the world of stone & has been working with mainly British stones ever since.

9. Patricia Niemann, Jeweller, Caithness

Patricia is a maker of bespoke and one-off pieces for and about the human body, fine and sculptural jewellery, studio glass and textiles. Trained and qualified in Germany, Scotland and the US as goldsmith and designer for jewellery, gemstones and glass.  Fuelled by a passion for anthropology, bioarchaeology, theatre and the Far North of Scotland, she lives and works in Caithness.

10. Annis Fitzhugh, Print Studio Director, DCA, Dundee

For the past 13 years, Annis has been Director of DCA Print Studio, a generously equipped open-access print workshop at the core of a leading contemporary art organization. After graduating in Fine Art and Art History at Falmouth School of Art, Annis specialised in printmaking at the Slade and Central Schools, London. She was awarded the Rodney Burn prize – becoming the first printmaker to win this award for figurative work.

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