This is a crankie I made for the 2017 Crankie Festival at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. It tells a story I wrote and illustrated about a girl who lives in pre-war Syria. The folktales her grandmother tells are real folktales that were collected by the Hakawati Project from Syrian refugees in January 2014. You can read them here: chwb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CHwB_SyriskAntologi_eng_low.pdf
Over the course of 2017 I'd like to re-illustrate this story in greater detail and turn it into a children's book.
"The Dollhouse" was dreamed up for the 2016 Baltimore Crankie Festival at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore. My partner Matt built a dozen individual rooms out of reclaimed wood that surround my childhood dollhouse, center. I designed each room to mirror my 2-d illustrations. The attic features Sue Truman's matchbox crankies.
I hosted a naming contest on instagram for a new paper doll and made this mini video to announce the winning choice! Check out my hashtag, #louisareaches to see Maple's friend.
A mini video featuring two paper dolls I illustrated! Check out my hashtag, #louisareaches on instagram to see more of their adventures!
A month following the 2015 uprising in Baltimore, a response to the death of Freddie Gray, my partner and I made a crankie with a group of middle schoolers from East Baltimore. We asked them to share their experiences and what they might change about Baltimore, given the chance. Filmed, hosted and produced by McKenzie Ditter, Matt Muirhead and Emily Uchytil. To read the article associated with this experience, order the SONG issue of Taproot Magazine at taprootmag.com.
This was a collaboration between my partner Matt and I for the 2014 Crankie Festival at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore. It tells an imaginary history of our neighborhood at the time, Hampden.