We are a creative collective that develops products to benefit causes close to our hearts. Our mission is threefold: to provide individuals with an outlet to share their diverse experiences and talents, to enrich people’s lives through unique multimedia stories, and to partner with organizations doing good.

Narrated Objects was inspired by the discovery of more than 300 vintage Kodachrome slides by founder Teena Apeles and creative partner Andrea Richards when they were cleaning out the apartment of Teena’s great aunt, “Lola Tessie,” after she passed away. The slides include stunning portraits of Lola Tessie and incredible scenes of New York City and beyond during the ’50s and ’60s. Some of these images are featured on our site, and a book inspired by these slides is in the works.

Learn more about the team below.

"I'm drawn to things that are broken—and sometimes I like to fix them." The subject matter Teena has tackled over the years is widely diverse: prison recipes, urban archaeology, sustainable fashion, and much more. At the heart of her favorite stories are trailblazers and unsung heroes: she enjoys learning about what inspires individuals to affect change and how communities are transformed by them. Teena has edited numerous books for Design Studio Press and TASCHEN and contributed to anthologies by Anvil Publishing, Really Great Books, and Seal Press. Listen to her recent interviews on KCRW's DnA: Design + Architecture and, with Andrea Richards, on the podcast Bookstories.

"If it's not written on a yellow legal pad, it doesn't exist." Andrea writes about cultural trends, film history, and forgotten philosophical systems for such publications as The Believer, BUST, make/shift, and Los Angeles magazine. She is the author of Girl Director and two L.A. guidebooks, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Cocktails. She has also worked as an editor for Girl Press, Angel City Press, and TASCHEN. Fond of the esoteric, Andrea is an enthusiast for her adopted city, outdated technologies, and the creative pursuits of others. Listen to her recent interview on KCRW's Good Food here.

"I like prose that's clean, clear, and packed with meaning." Jessica is a coeditor/copublisher of make/shift magazine; editor/copy editor of almost 200 books for publishers including TASCHEN and the Perseus Books Group; communications consultant for USC's Visions and Voices Initiative, The Wende Museum, and Foundation for a Just Society, among others; and writer on arts and social justice for publications including The Art Newspaper, SFAQ, GOOD, and ColorLines. She is the coeditor of Feminisms in Motion, which was just released and called "a wide-ranging collection of extraordinary writings" by Angela Y. Davis.

"I don't know what I want to be when I grow up." Ten-year-old Tai has written and illustrated numerous stories on any surface available to her. Her artwork inspired our forthcoming Food Stories to Go product line, which will feature imaginative stories about her favorite meals. Currently a third grader, she also enjoys writing songs, choreographing dance routines, and especially holding garage sales. 

"Pas trop trop, et pas trop trop." If you ask Miriam, almost everything in design and life is about striking a perfect (or perfectly imperfect) balance. Having launched her graphic design career in Montreal’s vibrant fashion scene, she subsequently spent years honing her typography skills with publishers, corporate clients, and letterpress projects. She believes that at its most compelling, visual communication is good storytelling.

Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Alexandra graduated from the American Film Institute with a degree in cinematography. For the past two decades, she has been working in film and video production in Los Angeles. Her photography captures her appreciation for architecture and interior design, and will be featured prominently in our Dear Seller book.

Lucy is a photographer and designer who has more than 17 years of experience in architecture and design firms, specializing in public, institutional, and community projects. She is a partner at Newsom Gonzalez,  serves on the board of Friends of Griffith Park, and designed our first publication, We Heart P-22. Lucy is a native of Cuba but grew up in Los Angeles. She lives next to Griffith Park, where P-22 currently lives, and gets daily visits from furry and feathered critters. 

Linda is a senior public-relations strategist and storyteller. Over the last two decades she has shaped and elevated the reputations of several influential health care organizations and charities in the United States and the United Kingdom, including Dignity Health, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and Stanford Hospital. She was most recently a VP at the worldwide communications marketing firm Edelman. Linda was born and raised in Los Angeles, and currently resides in San Francisco.

A Southern California heavy-metal kid turned long-hair punk, Steven was educated by Doonesbury comics, Steve Martin LPs, and Woody Allen movies. He is a short-story writer, publisher of tiny books, manager at Skylight Books, and member of the band Ukefink.

"Now more than ever, people want to feel like people—not like robots, mere extensions of their phones and their email." Nina is an editor with more than two decades of experience transforming lightbulb moments and napkin sketches into books. She is currently the managing editor of TASCHEN, where she oversees the publisher’s literary letterpress series and books big and small of photography and fine art. She studied literature and art history at Vassar College before returning to her native Los Angeles to work with various independent presses. She now lives on the East Coast.

"If clutter is evidence of a life well-lived, all the books, magazines, and records stacked and shelved around my apartment must mean I’m having an awesome time!" Laura amassed her collection while working for many years in art and literary publishing for such publishers as Chronicle Books and TASCHEN and the magazines ArtforumBOMB, Cabinet, and Tin House, among others. More recently she was publisher of The Believer magazine and McSweeney’s. Last year Laura ditched her cubicle job and established Kind Life Media, a marketing agency aimed toward independent publishers, thus ensuring her bookshelves stay full.

For more than two decades, Joel has been active in networks and coalitions that advocate for diverse communities, especially underserved and low- to moderate-income populations. As executive director of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), Jacinto was active in the process that resulted in the designation of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Complementing his work in social services, Joel is a longtime arts and cultural practitioner, having cofounded the Filipino folk and traditional arts organization Kayamanan Ng Lahi in 1990. Valuing Joel's extensive experience in working with youth, families, businesses, and communities, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Jacinto to serve on the Affordable Housing Commission in 2014.

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