This Saturday the Brooklyn Museum will host it's 10th Anniversary Children's Book Fair - yay! I'm honored to be listed alongside over 50 Brooklyn authors and illustrators for the 2nd year in a row. I'll be hosting an original activity from My Fab Fashion Style File, with some of my favorite young fashionistas, should be fun! Read more about it here! Please save the date or share please.
In July, Teen Vogue ran a piece by Sue Williamson titled Meet 5 Models with Facial Scars. I found the piece to be very inspiring and decided to start drawing all my model sketches, in my Style File, with scars. Here are a few:
Everyone has scars. They should be celebrated as beauty too. On my right arm there are three burn marks, in the form of little lines, that I got when I was five. I was trying to help my mom with a sewing project. These are my favorite scars because they validate my career. Whenever people ask about them I'm always proud to tell the story of the 1st time I used an iron. Ouch!
It's been magical to have 2 books! Sometimes I sit and stare like 'how did this happen'? Which is the question I'm asked often by aspiring authors. My friend Nicole A. Taylor, author of the UpSouth Cookbook, and I started a workshop series called Bound earlier this year. Bound is our stories, tips and secrets on how we worked our way to getting our book deals. We want to inspire others. It's not easy to come up with a concept, find a publisher, find an agent, and then write it but it's totally doable!
We're working on new formats to present Bound and even taking it on the road in 2017! Please email me if you are interested in learning more (or you can wait for the announcements coming soon:).