Woman Who is not just about one day in the calendar year and the celebrations continue throughout the following weeks and months.


Congratulations Rachel Akers, Akers of Art Winner of the Woman Who Achieves in a Creative World Award 2021 Sponsored by Imaginate.


The Woman Who Achieves & Solopreneur Awards took place on Friday 1st October. This year we held a hybrid event with many joining us in the Marquee at Coombe Abbey and those that couldn’t joined us online. I was delighted that Jo Derviller, and her team from Imaginate, were able to join us once again.


Congratulations Rachel on your achievements, and thank you to all the Winners and Finalists for your support and for making this event into an amazing hybrid Awards event.


Rachel Akers Winner of the Woman Who Achieves in a Creative World Award 2021

Jo Derviller (Woman Who Judge, Former Woman Who Winner, and Founder of Imaginate) presenting Rachel Akers with her Award

As an artist, I create bespoke sculptures and wearable art jewellery. I specialise in making the tree of life in both my wire sculptures and my jewellery but I make all sorts of wonderful things out of wire, gemstones, and also clay, my pieces are all unique as they are handcrafted and made with passion.

I paint murals for schools, homes, and businesses and also run workshops for community groups, care home and charities, these workshops are for wellbeing and mental health and to get both adults and children of all abilities involved in and passionate about the arts.


This category, as always, was very difficult to judge as it is always so very unique and diverse. But Rachel’s wire art work captured our imagination as creatives. We feel that this artist has immense potential for rapid growth, recognition and success in certain areas, particularly within her wire sculptures and wearable art. We believe the key will be less is more, focusing on capturing true creative vision in every piece, that will inspire at an elevated level. We also loved how Rachel, always staying true to her passion, pivoted during lockdown to bring art to the community in such a unique way. We believe that, with careful consideration of her offering, Rachel will be an artist to watch.

Congratulations to all the Finalists in this Category


We felt very strongly that Stephanie deserved a special commendation for her lifelong work and passion within an area that more times than not, gets forgotten within the creative ether. Even though sewing and embroidery is a skill that needs nurturing and refining over many many years,

Stephanie’s passion and skill for this artform, from such a young age, demonstrates that this is part of who she is, a sign of a truly creative soul. Her amazing career has been diverse and exciting, bringing her love within this area to many. The launch of her new sewing school is not only bringing this time-forgotten artform to the forefront for our young, up & coming sewers of the future but also helping to support, inspire and encourage many others to turn their love of sewing into sustainable and inspiring businesses.

‘Thank you for a fabulous day yesterday.
It was the first time I have ever entered my myself and my Sew2it Business fir any award.
I was so thrilled to be chosen as a finalist and completely blown away with the wonderful Commendation Award celebrating the way that Sew2it supports and encourages all ages and genders in their sewing  journey.
The Certificate will have pride of place in the Sew2it Sewing School and Studio for all to admire.
Thank you again and will see you soon
(Stephanie Harvey, Sew2it Sewing School & Studio)


Stephanie Harvey

Sew2it Sewing School & Studio

It’s a total surprise and honour to be a finalist in this year’s Woman Who Achieve Awards. Like so many in my position, I’m usually working in and on my business and so it’s a true pleasure to be able to take this moment and recognise what I’m working for.

Taryn Johnston

FCM Group

I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the Women Who Achieves Awards 2021. As a new business in its infancy, I am extremely appreciative of the support and recognition and I’m very proud to be aligned with this community of women in business.

Laura Parry

Parry Creative

Stella Kelly

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Abby Wilkes

Abbey Wilkes Photography

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