I have struggled with body image my entire life. As a plus-sized woman, the struggle has been typical of any other woman who didn’t look like the models in magazines and on TV. At some point or another I have thought that every part of my body was a flaw, from my super curly hair to my size 11 feet.
Obviously, I learned the behavior, along with every other woman. We learned to bond over our flaws as our bodies changed, and even into adulthood. It never ends.
The other day I overheard a group of colleagues discussing plans for weight loss and what they needed to ‘fix’. I did not participate in the conversation because I did not have anything to contribute. Today, at 1:30 pm on a Monday, I love my body. I know that it is flawed, but I am happy.
After listening for a minute the women looked at me expectantly. You girls know the game. It was my turn. I HAD to hate something about my body. I didn't speak up in the brief moment the police spotlight burned into my flesh, so the conversation resumed and I became invisible.
Over time, I realized that my confidence in my body was a direct result of my ability to create. I want to be able to use both basic and complex activities to help other women develop positive body confidence.
Not only will workshop participants feel better about their bodies, they will feel better about themselves and what they create.
The workshop is for women of a variety of skill sets. Whether stick figures are their specialties or they have been an artist for years, the development that comes from this workshop will be invaluable.
I set the funding goal low because I want to be able to pay for the venue of the first workshop. Ideally, I would raise funds that will allow me to pay for travel expenses.
Cities I have planned to host workshops:
New York City
(Suggestions are appreciated!)
Attendees will pay for their supplies and attendance through a sliding-scale fee, which makes this a for-profit project. In addition, I have a blog which will be used to promote workshops and generate buzz among current and new followers. What makes me qualified to teach other women? I have a degree in Art and Sociology, which gives me the foundation of understanding the complexities of creativity and people. I have classroom and workshop experience, and I am a woman who had to overcome my insecurities on my own through techniques that will be used in my workshops. It would be great to have support while I help your sisters, mothers, aunts, wives, and nieces realize how beautiful they are inside and out!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that we will face after funding is marketing this idea to women who would benefit. No one walks around thinking that they need to attend an art workshop that is going to improve their self-esteem.
Because of my own struggles and experience in using art to make me a better person, I know what would appeal and what won't.
By contributing $50, you will receive you will be featured on the Creatively Authentic blog and social media platforms as a sponsor, an e-photo book of art created by workshop participants and a mystery gift bag!