LET'S GO ON A PICNIC
Illustrated Children's Book
My senior capstone project began with the concept of
the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses, but it evolved into something more complex. During my research process, I realized that at the core of the issue was a poor
understanding of consent, which is why I decided to trace that thread back to the beginning. So I chose to tackle the topic in the form of a children's book.
Although a rather touchy subject for American audiences, comprehensive sexual education programs
have had success in many European countries.
Starting as young as four-years old in some cases, most programs focus not on sex but rather on healthy friendships and the importance of setting and respecting boundaries.
As part of the project, I was also given a physical space
in which to display their final project. Using large-format vinyl prints, I recreated the setting of the storybook, modeling my exhibition after a library reading corner or a children's book display that might be seen in a book store.