I think the first time I met Jenipher was this past May at a Saves the Day secret show at The Warehouse Motor Club in Middlesex, NJ. As is the 21st century norm with making new acquaintances, we soon followed each other on various social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to keep in touch. It was after we became cyberfriends that I had the pleasure of bearing witness to her constant doodle creations posts and artistic blossoms of positivity. These little breaths of fresh air always seemed to brighten my day. With whimsical, funny, little doodles constantly gracing my news feed, you’ll find no objection from me. Jen is really unique in her ability to take a phrase or saying and splash it with color and give it a character or two to play a part, whether it’s something silly or a statement meant to calm and encourage. She’s making doodles to accompany the ups and downs of life. And like all great creative minds, something that originally played a part in helping her get through a personal rough patch is now on the brink of growing even more to reach a much wider audience. (This is the part where YOU come in)
A few days ago Jen launched her very first Kickstarter campaign, determined to raise enough money to self-publish, “an encouraging, vibrant, SUPER honest, COLORFUL book to inspire tweens, teens [and women of all ages]!” Over the years, Jen has realized how much drawing these doodles have helped her and others overcome the pressures of teenage struggle, adulthood, and just life in general while slipping in the a good-humored laugh once in awhile. From her Kickstarter page she proclaims, “My goal is to write a super honest, encouraging, vibrant book with the intent to help teens feel less alone in this world. BUT a book that women [and men?!] in their 20’s and beyond can enjoy as well! By using MY story, and LOTS OF colorful illustrations, my goal is that others realize they aren’t alone on those dark, lowest of low days!” I think that’s so cool. As a musical artist/songwriter, I can totally relate. Nothing beats making a connection with someone through your creative output, especially creative output that was primarily intended for your own personal self-therapeutic needs. Songs and doodles are similar that way.
What I also really like about her project is the fact that she wants it to be, “something RAW and HONEST and not all sunshine and butterflies….I…have created a book I’ve never seen in ANY bookstores. And one I WISH I had growing up!” Yes! I wish I had it growing up too! If this book is anything like the doodles I’ve seen, then absolutely, yes. Teenage Roe was no strange to dark, strange, and emotional turbulent times. Many times we find ourselves in a ‘hindsight’s 20/20’ situation. ‘Oh, if I only realized when I was younger’, ‘I wish I could’ve told my teenage self what I know now.’ Well until the invention of time machines, that’s not a very realistic future. But what Jenipher’s book can do is be a tool for teenage girls and young adults now who are still in the dark and haven’t seen the other side of the tunnel yet. With a book that promises to cover, “Body Image, Depression, Eating Disorders, and Ambition”, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate book for girls to read today. Life is naturally full of ups, downs, struggles, and triumphs. The social, cultural, and political landscapes we must trudge through day in and day out are not easy. Whether you’re a grown man or woman, teenager, or young adult sometimes having someone or something telling us everything’s going to be alright in the end makes all the difference.
Check out her Kickstarter campaign or go to www.doodledream.com for more info.