Care for ourselves, care for the Earth
Don’t let the fear of not being good enough turn you away from what brings you joy”
This Petit Pli Portrait Blog features Leonora Oppenheim, a visual artist based in the UK. Leonora specialises in the emotional, physical and environmental boundaries of the human body and its connection to the surrounding landscape. Leonora wears our Petit Pli Mask in Orion Blue. Keep reading to find out more about this wonderful, inspiring artist.
1. What is an average day like ?
No day is exactly the same for me. I might be teaching an embodied practice workshop on Zoom, or working on a design communications project, or making new artwork. Being stuck working from home this past year, like so many, I am trying to be as creative as possible within the limitations of my house. I feel fortunate that I can attend my first year of training as a Feldenkrais (awareness through movement) practitioner from my bedroom floor via Zoom.
2. What does sustainability mean to you?⠀
For a long time, I worked on environmental design communications, where sustainability meant looking after the health of planet Earth for the wellbeing of future generations. I think learning to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally, really builds our capacity to look after planet Earth.⠀
3. What has been the window of joy for you during the pandemic?
At the beginning of 2020 I moved from London to Somerset, and one thing that brings me joy every day is walking in the fields surrounding the town where I live. It’s been fascinating getting to know this rural English landscape and finding ways of moving through this new topography.⠀
4. If you could go back in time and speak to your LittleHuman self what would you say?⠀
I would say, trust in your love of drawing and making with your hands. Don’t let the fear of not being good enough turn you away from what brings you joy. Learn to listen to your body and trust what it tells you, it’s a lifelong relationship and the most important one you’ll ever have.⠀
We are so grateful for what we have learned from Leonora! Find out more about the artist and keep up to date with her latest projects on her website.