Body Positive Workshop

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I’m a bit excited to be hosting this workshop and hopefully it’s the start of a whole series of empowering and creative workshops.

So what’s it all about?

Firstly it’s about body acceptance of all body types, sizes, genders, abilities, differently abled and ages. Maybe the starting point of a journey to recognise something about yourself you love? It can be the smallest thing, like how soft your hair is or how strong your arms are. After all lots of us struggle to accept and love our bodies, but it’s a journey and all journeys begin somewhere right?

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This amazing patch is by Naomi Hope Designs. You can find all sorts of fabulous patches in her Etsy store. I hope she doesn’t mind me borrowing this as an example.

What happens at the workshop?

You arrive and get offered a drink (vegan cake and savoury snacks on hand) with a warm welcoming smile, if you’re a bit anxious don’t worry you won’t be alone, others will feel the same. It’s a relaxed environment and hopefully conversation will start to flow as we try some short experimental drawing games (no drawing experience is required). I will give a little talk about body positivity and the worldwide movement it has become.

We can then begin to think about what our patches will say or what image it will depict. I have purchased ready made round patches that are perfect for sewing onto a jacket, bag or dress or just sticking up somewhere at home you can admire it. There will be a selection of threads, fabrics and fabric pens to use and help and tuition if you want to learn some different embroidery techniques/stitches. Focusing on making your patch will help you to dwell on something positive about yourself. The act of making and creating is empowering in itself.

Where is the workshop and how do I book?

The workshop will take place at the Makers Guild which is located inside the Portsmouth Guildhall. I will be in reception at 10.45 to greet you, there is also a helpful receptionist on hand if I’m in the studio. The workshop is accessible to wheelchair users.

You can book by emailing me oohlalapin@gmail.com

Payment can be taken by paypal and financial assistance is available.

I really hope you can make it!

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Oh hi there, long time no see.

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Hello, its been a couple of years since I last stepped out as Ooh la Lapin. You see I’ve been a bit busy. I met a man named Willis and I married him and then this little guy above popped along, we named him Wilson. I went back to college and worked for a bit in care looking after people.

Life got very complicated with three children, especially as Joel my eldest is severely autistic and needs 24 hour care. Throw a baby in the mix and it’s a recipe for a lot of love but a lot of stress.

I have decided to return to the place I am most happy and alive and that’s being Ooh la Lapin. Like having a super hero identity but without any cool abilities, just the ability to make funny looking toys.

I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!