BODYSLAM! was a fundraiser for Love Your Body Detroit, an activist group promoting body acceptance in the Detroit area. I heard about the event through Amanda’s blog, Fat Waitress, which is part of the Notes from the Fatosphere feed. They called for artists and speakers last December, so I signed up to see if I could perhaps branch out into a new audience.
The atmosphere of the event was really nice. I haven’t gotten to hang around a large group of body-positive people since the Fatshionista meetup I attended last year. I made up my display to showcase my OOTD illustrations, and they got a very good reception. I made prints of my 6 favorite drawings, a few of which I even sold! I also designed a set of body-positive slogan buttons to debut at the event.
My neighbor in the row of artists was Wednesday Lee Friday, a local author, who also bought a color drawing from me!
I must say, it was liberating to not be afraid/hesitant to draw someone fat, as it is at pretty much all of the other conventions I show at.
After the show was over, I drove back to Toledo for the tail-end of my sister’s birthday Trek Move Marathon, which was a joint effort with her BFF, Amanda. (I saw Star Trek IV for the first time!)
Pretty good weekend. :D