Bodysense was established in 2004 by The Revd. Jane Fraser to develop and make available innovative teaching resources that respond to the sex education needs of young people of all abilities and disabilities and to market them at affordable prices. She is personally responsible for the development and production of the models and is also available to offer training in their use.
Jane is a qualified social worker with experience of working with young people and people with disabilities in a variety of settings. She worked with Brook Advisory Centres for 30 years, as a counsellor, and in outreach work with young people in schools and youth groups. For over 20 years she was responsible for writing, developing and editing sex education materials published by Brook Publications. She is an experienced trainer in sex education and her specialist knowledge and experience of the needs of people with learning disabilities is called upon throughout the United Kingdom.
She is the author of pioneering publications allowing people with learning disabilities direct access to information on sexual matters and resources to assist professionals working with them. She has also pioneered the development of 3 dimensional materials to assist in teaching of personal and sexual relationships.
Jane is a priest in the Church of England working as a Minister in Secular Employment. She has served as a Faith Advisor to the Teenage Pregnancy Unit’s Independent Advisory Group.
Josephine Ewart has been responsible for the design and casting of the female genital model.
Jo attended the London College of Fashion from 1994 to 1996, gaining a Merit in HND Media Make-up & Design. Her placements included the London College of Printing, Cameron Mackintosh-London Palladium, BBC Television Centre and London Weekend Television
In addition to these placements, her sculptor work was chosen to be shown in the London Institute’s annual show representing the London College of Fashion and was featured in The Times Education Supplement as well as on children’s Saturday morning television. The College also took on board one of her designs, incorporating it into the curriculum for the Media, Make-up and Design degree course, which was under construction at the time of her study.
Jo has worked in youth services at differing levels of responsibility. She has developed and run workshops with young people using body-casting techniques to produce rubber prosthetic pieces and helped young people produce an instructional video on how to cast a face correctly.
She has developed a drugs and alcohol awareness video, produced by young people for young people, working collaboratively with them to produce prosthetic pieces and investigate the consequences of the above.
Elaine Graham has been responsible for the re-design of the anatomically correct cloth models, both the standing version and the sitting version of the models.
She attended Gloucester College of Art, gaining an A level City & Guilds in Fashion in 1971. Her early career included pattern drafting for a London fashion house, setting up and running a manufacturing work-room for a high-street fashion chain; designing, pattern drafting and manufacturing children’s play uniforms; and running her own dressmaking business. After a break to bring up her family, she qualified as a teacher and taught A level Product Design Textiles at Hereford 6th Form College for 8 years.
In 1994 Elaine gained City & Guilds Initial Teaching Certificate for Teaching Basic Skills and helped adults with learning disabilities in her spare time. She is now a volunteer for NCODA, supervising disadvantaged adults in their textile workshop. Her paid and voluntary work has given her a good understanding of teenagers and people with disabilities and an in-depth knowledge and expertise of designing and manufacturing textile products.
Martina Jirankova-Limbrick drew the faces for the cloth models, capturing a relaxed expression that is neither happy nor sad but draws out the masculine and feminine features of each model.
Martina was born in Turnov in what is now the Czech Republic. She studied graphic design at The School of Applied Arts in Prague and later an MA in illustration at Kingston University in the UK. She has since worked with Carcanet Press and Walker Books and had her work exhibited in various galleries.
Iris Calderbank and Rosemary Philpott are two of our most skilled seamstresses who made up the prototype re-designed male and female cloth models and contributed valuable feedback on both the design and construction. They trained the existing and newly recruited seamstresses in the techniques for sewing the new models.
Lisa Lloyd and Marilyn White complete the team of trained seamstresses who have relevant skills and experience. They enable us to meet orders as they are received.