Bio: Gabby Edlin is an artist/designer/maker with over ten years’ experience working with young people in creative, formal and informal education settings, particularly within the Arts. She is passionate about the therapeutic effects of life drawing, and coordinates the under-18 clubs at The Prince’s Drawing School. Gabby has a BA in English Literature, History of Art and Fine Art Drawing from Newcastle University, and is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries at Central St Martins, with a strong focus on feminism, beauty and the media. She also designs and makes handmade greetings cards, using only recycled or reclaimed materials wherever possible, and is a practising artist.
Synopsis: “You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilisation in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”. – Erin McKean