Edinburgh Napier alumni, Hannah Taylor founded She is Fierce magazine as an inspirational publication for creative young girls, who were looking for an alternative to current teen magazines. Instead of focusing on boys, celebrities or trends, Hannah uses it as a platform for championing creative women who can inspire and encourage her readers. Featuring interviews with women forging amazing and innovative careers for themselves, tutorials on how to get crafty in the kitchen or with your sewing kit, and artwork and writing from multiple contributors, She is Fierce is so much more than just a magazine.
Every issue has a resident illustrator who creates a number of images throughout, including the cover, which gives each publication a very coherent aesthetic. She also openly invites anyone to contribute their writing whether it be poetry, a short story or a non-fiction piece, giving a platform to anyone who is talented and creative and looking to get their work published somewhere. Every issue is packed full of inspirational women doing incredible things, and I know that as a teenager, I would have loved a magazine like this with women in it that I could look up to and admire.
Hannah has also managed to create a real sense of community around She is Fierce. With her open submissions and call for work, every weekly email is a lovely reminder of the work she is doing and the numerous ways to get involved. I love the fact that she is doing something different and making an amazing publication for young girls at a time when it is especially difficult to grow up and be a teen.
Her latest venture saw She is Fierce launch their first event, The Noisy Girls Club, and as soon as I saw it online, I knew I had to get a ticket! It was an all-day event, running from 12 noon until 5pm at the incredible Whitespace, Edinburgh. It featured a number of fantastic creatives doing tons of cool stuff. From dance performances, live music and talks to craft workshops and a pop-up shop, there was plenty to do at The Noisy Girls Club and I ended up staying for the whole time. My main interest was on the craft workshops available so I mostly chilled out and got crafty, but the beauty of the event meant that whatever your area of interest, you could dip in and out of workshops or performances.
First off, I hung out with Birch and Bloom and learned how to make a wonderful woodland wall hanging. Using herbs like lavender and rosemary, along with ivy, pine cones and some flowers, I made a lovely (and beautifully smelling) wall hanging. Then, I did some embroidery at the Wool and the Gang embroidery station. With lots of fun designs and different fabrics, it was easy to be creative and make something cute to take home with me. There was the option, for a wee bit more money, to join a weaving class with Squid Ink Co. which I signed up for. This included all the materials for weaving plus a mini loom to take home. This class was so fun and I loved the relaxation of weaving and being creative.
Also on offer was printing with Natasha Russell, badge-making with Wild & Kind and design your own tote with Hannah herself. There were even some talks and spoken word from incredibly inspiring women, including Jenni Sparks, Kylie Reid and poetry from Aischa Daughtery. Band, L-Space treated us to some amazing songs and the dance groups performing were incredible!
The Noisy Girls Club was such an amazing event and I had a lovely day, getting crafty, learning, chatting to fellow Noisy Girls and being inspired by so many kind and wonderful creative people. I can’t wait for the next event, so I would recommend keeping your eyes peeled on social media to hear about what Hannah and She is Fierce get up to in the future. In the meantime, check out the magazine and if you’re a writer, artist, photographer or a generally creative person, get involved!
All images courtesy of She is Fierce and event photos by Neal Gruer www.nealgruerphotography.com