Alison Mayne

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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is the name which first started the thinking behind ‘Women in the Stacks’, with a 2016 news article about a small exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It told the story of Miss Frances Underhill - employed as a catalogue assistant in 1906. She faced antagonism and discrimination about the possibility of promotion, being challenged...
Knitting: Cowl, Fingerless Gloves
This cowl and mitts set is inspired by the architecture of the main library at the University of Glasgow. Originally housed in the Gilbert Scott building, it is now a towering block on Hillhead Street and its stern vertical windows form the main feature of this design. Four women came to work at the library in 1918-19 for £75 pa (much less than...
Knitting: Mittens
These simple, super-warm mittens inspired by the Old Shale motif are designed to keep you cosy in the sharp winds of the colder months. Löf is Shetland dialect for ‘hand’ or ‘in my hand’ and plays on meanings of handcraft, the handmade and the incredible things we can construct with yarn in our hands.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This stole is inspired by the architecture of The Glasgow Women’s Library. Founded in 1991 and housed since 2013 in a Grade B Listed Carnegie Library in Landressy Street, the library boasts a stunning modern granite extension which names the titles of important works by women. The design follows the shape of this corner extension, itself enfold...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl was inspired by the idea of family, as our daughter begins to grow her own human and start a family of her own. It ‘marries’ two locations - the hills around Edinburgh where we live and the rolling Oxfordshire countryside near Banbury where her husband’s family is from.