How has your creation evolved since you first envisioned the idea?
Every issue has looked different, mainly because I’ve had a different graphic designer working on each one. It’s been fun to explore varying graphics and layouts and dimensions, but I think the Girls Club aesthetic is recognisable throughout each issue. It’s evolved in that the first issue was mainly my own writing, but since then it’s been contributor-led. I always wanted it to be a place where people who hadn’t necessarily been published elsewhere could see their art or writing on paper.
How does it feel creating art in the current political climate?
It feels important, cathartic, and hopefully serves at a little space where people can communicate their fears and hopes. The last issue, Me, Myself & I, examined the crumbling mental health services under the Tories, and celebrated the groups providing their peers with alternative therapy spaces, like Arts Sisterhood UK. I’m working on an exhibition with photographer Ellie Smith at the moment, and that feels so important as everyone involved is making the world a better place through activism or creating safe spaces in the face of transphobia, racism, and sexism. I feel like it’s unavoidable to make art that isn’t influenced by what’s going on right now. We kind of have a duty to highlight the good voices.