What I do...
KNOWING THAT YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE FEELING THE WAY YOU DO CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Lize Meddings is the director and illustrator of the Sad Ghost Club, a creative project that makes comics and apparel to encourage positive mental health awareness. The project began ve years ago during a difficult time in her life.
“It started kind of by accident,” explains Lize. “I made a comic about this ‘sad ghost club’ and how it felt to be in the club after uni when I was feeling very lost and low. The comic really took off and I gured that maybe I could do it full time.”
Five years later, the club is now a team of three who work together to expand the reach of the project, including guides, workshops and merchandise.
“This year we’ve set about launching a new project: Sketchbook Club. It’ll be a one-stop resource hub for beginners and professionals seeking inspiration or advice for creative ventures. We’re focusing on the importance of creativity as a form of self-care, so we’re trying to make it as easy as possible.”
It’s inspiring to see how something so personal has grown, and the impact it has had on Lize’s life. “If you’d told me ve years ago that I would be a director of a business, I would have laughed. I didn’t think I’d ever be suited, or able, to do something like this. I’ve learnt how to manage people, prioritise tasks and look after myself in the process.
“Before Sad Ghost Club was a proper full-time job, I really struggled with motivating myself. I honestly can’t believe how much I’m able to do in a day now, all while helping to stamp out the stigma concerning mental health.
Knowing that you’re not the only one feeling the way you do can make all the difference. Our main aim is to do just that; to let all the sad ghosts out there know that they’re not alone.”
Find the comics and apparel at www.thesadghostclub.com