...while I was working on my first muppet, a commission for a school play, where I experienced first hand the charms and wooing skills of these little persons with these wide gaps in the middle of their faces. This very gap has always prevented me from creating muppets (although I adore THE Muppets!!), because I felt limited in my artistic expression.
But then this muppet, a Nun, happened to me. Already buying the fabric for the body set a certain tone, since the shop lady didn’t want to part from the fluffy blanket, hugged it, squeezed it against her chest, and I had to gently remind her that I bought it and it’s mine now and she needs to let go, since I intend to take it home with me. A very sweet moment indeed… And at home I couldn’t stop hugging the bundle, either. And then the fabric became a body, a face and a personality. And I felt I don’t want to part with her, even cried a little bit and almost refused to deliver her to her new owner (no, just kidding…). And through this incredible strong ‘bond’ that has been created in the blink of an eye (almost ;-)) only by the fluffiness of the fabric I felt an idea rising inside of me.
What if we had a little ‘copy’/Alter Ego of ourselves that we love so much that we can’t stop cuddling her (or him). What if this little lady (or gentleman) would inspire us to look at ourselves and our own bodies with the same joy and love that we are able to look at the puppet with. What if we would find delight in playing with her, maybe even ‘on a daily basis', in front of the mirror, naked, discovering similarities, laughing about them, cuddling the puppet, cuddling ourselves…. What if that ‘assigned’ playtime would make us sensitive towards the tone of our inner dialogues with ourselves… Transforming them into, like: ʺHellou Gorgeous! ... I adore your cuddly, round, friendly belly, your curves are simply divine! xoxoxo!!!ʺ, etc…
Many years ago I read a book, unfortunately I can’t remember the title right now, where the reader got asked a profound question: How would you react, if another person talked to you in the same way that you talk to yourself? My response? SLAP!! I would never allow that!
This one question was an eye opener, a wake up call, and I’ve been trying to keep an eye (or ear?) on my inner voices ever since. Not with constant unshakeable success, not immune against ups and downs in personal well being, but with a certain ‘default’ level of at least awareness, I would say. And many years of 'hard work' on the topic of self-acceptance and blood sweat and tears later, finally hitting peri-menopause, which takes the task of loving myself, no matter what, to a whole new level (What?? This body is supposed to be mine?? This belly fat hasn’t been here yesterday, where did it come from all of a sudden?? You name it…) I fell for a muppet. And she loves me back! :-D
It pains me to see people around me, whom I wouldn’t consider anything but beautiful, magnificent creatures, calling themselves too fat, too thin, ugly, not good enough, not bright enough, etc. We spend so much time beating up on ourselves which we could use much more purposeful by enjoying life, being kind to ourselves and others (And yes, that includes self care as well, nothing wrong with healthy food, yoga, exercise, whatever brings you satisfaction. But it should come from a place of self love instead of self loathing, shouldn't it? My humble opinion… ;-)).
I feel the strong desire to bundle my artistic endeavours with my passion for self empowerment, sisterhood (men are welcome as well, of course! xo) and encouragement to love ourselves no matter what. BoobiePuppets™ are my way of saying: We are all beautiful!! We are in this thing called life together! We harm ourselves and as a result also others, mainly our loved ones, by denying this love and acceptance to ourselves and thus depriving ourselves of the possibility to be our happiest self. A woman who loves herself unconditionally and unapologetically, who is able to fill her own cup first before she gives to others is a powerful agent for change and happiness in her own world and the world as a whole!
BoobiePuppets™ can do even more: they can be used for therapeutic work, in schools, groups, women circles like Red Tents or other groups who dedicate themselves to support and encouragement (aaaand playfulness, hehe…).
Last but not least: THEY’RE MEANT TO BE FUN!!!!! :-) xo
Hi, I'm Brigitte, and this is my Credo:
I am a multi-passionate, Aspien, romantic creator. I’m here for the purpose of love and creativity. I want to create magic for myself and others. I want to be and make people happy - one moment at a time on our journey called life - since happy people can change the world.