Today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author/illustrator is Kristen Applebee. I was so charmed by the post she wrote that I decided to forgive her for attending Ohio State (given that I am a Wolverine). 🙂 In all seriousness, she is a talented and forward-thinking illustrator and art teacher, and I’m glad she’s bringing her considerable skills to the world of kidlit to benefit children. Please welcome Kristen!
Walls Can Talk
Want a story? Look around your living room, community swimming pool, or grocery store parking lot. The things you see are offering you their stories. Go ahead.Take one.
During my second year as a graduate student, The Ohio State University printmaking department was scheduled to move to a different building. Many art students were angry that their work was disrupted and began having meetings about how they could convince administrators to wait until summer.
I came late to one of these meetings; in fact, the meeting had ended and room was empty. After a moment alone, I began to I feel something in that room. Maybe it was little bits of frustration lingering in the air. I looked at how the chairs were arranged and could imagine who had been sitting in each seat. I could practically see dialogue bubbles hanging over the empty chairs and hear tense voices. Something had happened. I had missed it, but the story was still being told in the objects left behind.
I spent the following days and months thinking about how the things in my immediate environment were telling me stories. I noticed smudged windows, dusty bookshelves, and worn upholstery. There were stories there. I thought about my quilts. They were made from clothes. The clothes had been worn by someone while riding bike in the rain, while writing letters home, while experiencing a first kiss. There were stories there. Stop wishing chairs, or quilts, or walls could talk. If start listening more carefully and you may find that they already do.
Kristen Applebee earned a BFA from Brigham Young University and an MFA from the Ohio State University. She also has an Early Childhood Educator’s Certificate from Wesleyan College. She taught art there for almost a decade and is currently teaching at Georgia Military College. Kristen loves her regional chapter of SCBWI (Southern Breeze) where she won the Liz Conrad Memorial Scholarship for Illustration in 2010 and 2nd Place in the Illustrated Fiction/Non-fiction category for her manuscript BANJO DAN AND THE PORK BELLY JUG BAND in 2011. Her interactive ebook THE BODY LANGUAGE OF VERONICA SUE, published by My Black Dog Books, is available for ipad, iphones and ipod touch. Kristen lives with her husband and three children in Macon, Georgia.
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