Today, we would like to highlight the incredible work of 3rd year BA Illustration student Lauren Harris at Norwich University of the Arts.
Since September, Lauren has been developing an educational, informative and relatable children’s picture book exploring body image and reassuring children that their bodies are so much more than just what they look like! This project aims to provide an opening for discussions to be had between the young reader and an appropriate adult. Encouraging children to express how they feel about their bodies can break down the barriers that allow eating disorders and negative body image stereotypes to manifest themselves.
The book has been titled ‘I Am Me’ and includes original illustrations and narrative for young readers. When Lauren approached us to become her printing partner on this project, we were so excited! This is a great cause and the finished book looked fantastic.
“To make this narrative as appropriate and accessible as possible for young readers, I have communicated with the UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat, throughout. Beat’s mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders – serious mental illnesses that ruin and, too often, take lives. I wanted to create something that can be beneficial in raising awareness, especially for young, impressionable, developing minds.” – Lauren Harris
You can support this book and get yourself a copy by following this link to Lauren’s Kickstarter page.