The mission of our collective is threefold: to provide individuals with outlets to share their diverse experiences and talents, to enrich people’s lives through unique multimedia stories and events, 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 Stuyvesant apartment of Teena’s great aunt, “Lola Tessie,” after she passed away. The slides include portraits of Lola Tessie, who left the Philippines to start a new life in America after her child and husband died during WWII, and stunning scenes of New York City and beyond during the ’50s and ’60s. They thought about the
 many stories these slides hold and fictional stories they could inspire. Some of the images are featured on our site. This motivated Teena and Andrea to launch a small press and host events to showcase stories that may be overlooked—and the important issues they might raise—in unique ways.

Learn more about the team below.

"I ask a lot of questions." The subject matter Teena has tackled over the years is widely diverse: jail recipes, bone-marrow donors, NASA scientists, domestic violence, 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 is the author of Women Warriors, and she has edited and contributed to numerous other books and written for many outlets, including LAist, PBS SoCal, and KCET. Listen to her interviews on KCRW's DnA: Design + Architecture and on the podcast Bookstories with Andrea Richards.

"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, Library of Esoterica: Astrology, and three L.A. guidebooks, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Los AngelesLos Angeles Cocktails, and Los Angeles Restaurants. Andrea has also worked as an editor for Girl Press, Angel City Press, and TASCHEN. Fond of the esoteric, she is an enthusiast for her adopted city, outdated technologies, and the creative pursuits of others. Listen to Andrea's 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.

Anne's work can be seen in our books and event artwork. Her small-scale, square format paintings are inspired by the portraits and landscapes of Fairfield Porter and Richard Diebenkorn. A native of Southern California, Anne studied at the University of California, Irvine, and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

"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.

Born in South Pasadena, California, and a Californian his whole life, Steven is the manager of  Skylight Books and has served on the American Booksellers Association Advisory Board and the PEN USA Board. He also writes short stories, publishes tiny books, and plays in 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.

Maite  is a Los Angeles native, a writer, artist, and nonprofit professional. She's the founder of S/he’s Mighty Mighty, which aims to create a safe space for uncomfortable conversations, especially around social justice, mental health, and relationships. Her work can be found on Instagram @shes_mightymighty

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