by Sarah MacLean
It isn’t just one thing within the Lesbian Archives that’s come to interest me, it’s everything.
It’s the smallest things, the ephemera most of all – the tiny adverts, the in-the-margins illustrations, the obscure events – because I feel that these fleeting things represent an important and very human aspect of history.
They stand to me as proof, through their sheer volume and variety, that women have always been here, have always been fighting, organising, politicising, and vocalising. That we’ve always found ways, however small or fleeting, to make our mark.
They’re massively important too both politically, and in what they represent about women’s art and creativity. At the end of the day, no one gave these lesbian women a platform so they created one themselves. And what’s more, they used this platform to create art that while often very small, proved that art doesn’t need to be big or grand to be important.
By creating similarly small-scale works in an arguably ‘feminine’ hand-craft medium using materials literally handed down to me from generations before, it’s this small-but-mighty notion that I hope to do justice to.