International Women’s Day: Meet 15 inspiring creatives!

Holly Maguire good read illustration

Sunday 8th March 2020 is International Women’s Day – hurray! This globally recognised day is all about celebrating the achievements of women across the world, and we are fully on board with that. Here at Mollie Makes – an all-female, all-mighty team – we champion women in every issue, be it designers, illustrators (like Holly Maguire who created our feature image), small biz owners, or you, our amazing readers.

We come across so much talent, and so many strong, confident, powerful women on a daily basis. Our goal is to try and shine a spotlight on you all, but as there’s only so many hours in a day, we’ve put interviews with 15 of our favourites in one place for you. Scroll down to meet these legends, and for maximum feminist inspo.


1. Leona, AKA Indie Roller

Leona Thrift Ola Creatival event 2019 - International Women's Day

Indie biz expert Leona has shared so much of her knowledge with us over the years, but we especially love this blog post where she answers some of your burning small biz questions. From when to give up your day job to which ideas to turn into products, she’s got your back. Read her words of wisdom here.


2. Katy Biele

Mollie Makes interview with Katy Biele – International Women's Day

Katy Biele is a textile artist, and creates the most gorgeous free-flowing embroidery designs. Inspired by her childhood in South America, Katy’s work is full of colour – she’s exactly the kind of maker we should be celebrating on International Women’s Day. Take a look at some of her statement pieces and find out the story behind Katy’s creative journey here.


3. Atia from The Bright Blooms

Atia The Bright Blooms – International Women's Day

Crafter, blogger and influencer Atia is all about female empowerment. We chatted to her for International Women’s Day 2019 about inclusivity, showcasing the talents of diverse women, and her hashtag #inclusivemaker. Plus, she shares the love by recommending some of her top Insta accounts to follow – spoiler alert, they’re all amazing. Click here to read more.


4. Esme Young

International Women's Day Esme Young The Great British Sewing Bee. Image credit: BBC/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon

Programme Name: The Great British Sewing Bee – TX: n/a – Episode: Generics (No. Generics) – Picture Shows: Patrick Grant, Esme Young – (C) Love Productions – Photographer: Mark Boudillion

Whether you’re a fan of The Great British Sewing Bee or not, Esme’s interview is well worth a read. She truly is a sewing legend, and has so many stories to share we could have sat and listened for days. Not to namedrop *cough* but Esme does mention Renee Zellweger and Leonardo DiCaprio. Click here to read more.


5. Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin

Julia and Sarah at launch of The Sustainable Studio – International Women's Day

While we’re on the topic of sewing, you’ve got to meet Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin from The Sustainable Studio. Offering workspaces for their local creative community while running their own ethical fashion label and upcycling workshops, they’re generally making the world a better place through craft. Get to know them here.


6. Hannah Davis

Wolf & Moon studio and interview International Women's Day

Hannah Davies is the brains behind iconic jewellery brand Wolf & Moon. She started out creating costume jewellery at just 16 years old, and now has her own accessories line we’re all obsessed with. Find out how she scaled up her biz, the trickier side of owning your own brand, and how she brought her trusty team together here – definitely a read for International Women’s Day.


7. Kezia Hulse

Kezia Husle interview International Women's Day

Kezia Hulse is a recent illustration graduate, and won the Mollie Makes Associate Prize at New Designers 2019. She’s got a unique 3D collage style we fell in love with as soon as we saw it, and just know she’s destined for amazing things. Kezia’s one to watch, and you can find out more about her here.


8. Ray Dodd

Ray Dodd International Women's Day

Struggling with your creative biz? Money and business coach Ray Dodd specialises in helping women achieve their goals, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day. This interview focuses on separating your business from your self-worth, helping you get through the ups and downs that come with any side hustle. Click here to read more.


9. Diana from The Mamahood

The Mamahood Q&A International Women's Day

Talking of small biz owners, next up is Diana from The Mamahood. She established her brand supporting mum-run businesses a few years after the birth of her children, and aims to champion fellow mama makers, giving them a space to sell their products and all the support they need. Read her story here.


10. Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy International Women's Day

Kim-Joy is a legend among bakers, creating some of the cutest animal-themed treats we’ve seen. Since her appearance on The Great British Bake Off, Kim-Joy’s life has totally changed, so we chatted to her about her journey, creative inspiration and her baking disasters and triumphs. Click here to read more.


11. Laerke Bagger

Laerke Bagger – International Women's Day

Knitwear designer Laerke Bagger’s garments are straight-up creative slow fashion goals. Combining traditional skills with a high-end fashion aesthetic, Laerke’s designed for names like Alexander McQueen and Roland Mouret, and is a revolutionary one-woman band – International Women’s Day inspo if ever we saw it. Get to know more about her here.


12. Our fave indie dyers

Botanical Threads' Alicia International Women's Day

This one’s a bonus feature as we chat to Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns, Lilith from Old Maiden Aunt, Alicia from Botanical Threads and Debbie from Skein Queen about their love of yarn and fabric dyeing. Celebrating sustainability, natural hues and locally produced products, we’ve got a small crush on them all. Get your creative fix here.


13. Flora Waycott

Illustrator Flora Waycott – International Women's Day

Our next International Women’s Day interview is a beaut – we chat to illustrator Flora Waycott, the designer behind our cute kitty keyring gift that came with issue 115. Growing up in Japan had a huge influence on her style, but she also takes inspiration from her current New Zealand surroundings. Get to know her better, and check out more of her cute illustrations here.


14. Yvette Streeter

Mollie Makes team International Women's Day

Another more-makers-for-your-money feature, as Mollie Editor Yvette Streeter chats to fellow creatives about the importance of being brave. It’s not always easy to have confidence in yourself and your small biz, but with the 2020 Mollie Makes Handmade Awards on the horizon, she’s sharing her motivational advice here.


15. The Mollie Makes team!

Mollie Makes team photo International Women's Day

We just had to slip this one in! If you’re a fan of Mollie Makes and want to know more about the team behind the magazine (and website, and social media!), click here for a little introduction, and to put faces to names. After all, what kind of International Women’s Day message would we be spreading if we didn’t celebrate ourselves!


16. Win a £25 Gudrun Sjödén voucher!

Gudrun Sjoden International Women's Day

We thought we’d finish up by sharing female-led fashion brand Gudrun Sjödén’s competition in celebration of International Women’s Day. Not an interview, but a nice little treat if you win – click here to enter!


To find out more about International Women’s Day and their focus for 2020, click here. And, for more interviews with amazing makers and creatives, subscribe to Mollie Makes – it’s a celebration of women every single issue.