Tumblehome Learning Publishers is producing my children's book biography about the astonishing blind artist. They are also raising funds to create blind-accessible versions to be provided FREE to the visually impaired, or schools for the blind. There are two ways to donate, each which provide awards to donors. You may also support this effort by pre-ordering either the soft or hard cover editions of the regular print version.
We are raising funds through the publishing crowdfunding site Pubslush.com. (click to donate AND TO READ DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK AND CAMPAIGN).
Some potential donors have expressed concern that this site asks for too much personal information during the donation process. Pubslush assures us the information is kept private and will not be shared or used to spam, however Tumblehome Learning is offering an alternative way to donate through their own site, which requires only a minimum info to process. The same awards and gifts to donors apply. Click HERE to get to Tumblehome's donor site.
|Please CLICK HERE to donate through the publisher. Your donation will be used to produce blind-accessible versions of the book, including braille/tactile format, audio, and iBook. Some funds will also go directly to the blind artist, Esref Armagan, for use of images in the book.|
The BookPainting in the Dark tells the story of Esref Armagan, an artist from Turkey who was born without sight. Rachelle Burk captures his extraordinary life in this picture book as he learns to “see” not with his eyes, but with his hands.
The story begins with Esref as a young boy in his father's shop, scraping shapes into cardboard with a nail. Then, as he develops a passion for drawing, he learns to use his other faculties to visually represent the world around him. “One day you will be a great artist,” his Baba tells him.
The book contains illustrations by Claudia Gadotti, as well as Esref’s own paintings and drawings.
We plan to produce books that contain braille and tactile image so Esref’s inspirational story can be accessible to all children. Just as Esref learned to view his world through touch, the tactile pictures will help blind children to understand visual concepts like shadows and depth. If we reach our stretch goal, we will be able to create an iBook that reads the story out loud and describes the illustrations. All of our blind accessible versions of Painting in the Dark will be donated to blind children across the country.