Ann Marie Mulhearn Books & Biography
Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer met Esphyr Slobodkina in 1996, when she was hired to write musical narratives for Caps for Sale and other Slobodkina books. Slobodkina and Sayer became close friends, and Sayer has administrated and exhibited Slobodkina's works for over twenty five years. Using Slobodkina's original art and reflecting upon hours of conversations with her on perspective and her choices in stylization, Sayer employed great care to develop each layout as the artist herself might have done. Sayer scanned Slobodkina's original art, extracted and manipulated images to create the desired scenes using Photoshop and layers. Each object was transferred and stacked in multiple computerized layers for each scene much the same as the paper collage technique employed by Slobodkina years ago. A color palette was made using Slobodkina’s original illustrations.
The continuing Caps for Sale series is based on story ideas from Slobodkina and Sayer's imagination with prior permission from Slobodkina. Through these posthumous stories, Sayer awakens Slobodkina's voice. To learn more about Ann Marie visit www.CapsforSale.org.