A Silent Story - a graphic novel of loss, hope & friendship
Katie m. Berggren is an internationally collected American painter and book illustrator. She has illustrated 7 books for authors across the globe. A Silent Story of Heartbreak & Hope is her 8th book and first solo journey. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two sons. Katie has been cited as the #1 Motherhood Artist in America. A Silent Story, book 2 (Loving & Letting Go) is in process and is dedicated to the dreaming of, the arrival of, the cherishing of and the challenges of accompanying a child through their growing up years.
CHOOSE YOUR A SILENT STORY
BUNDLE OPTION ABOVE:
(Books will ship via Media Mail & Audio Download Links will be emailed)
♥ SHARED EXPERIENCE, $50 (a $56 value)
- an autographed gorgeous quality hard copy book of A Silent Story ($44 value)
- the downloadable Audio Visual guided book video ($12 value), emailed link (Download a sample)
►Find and validate YOUR journey within the pages of A Silent Story. Use YOUR words to design the meaning behind the artwork.
►THEN… take a shared adventure, with your book in hand, along with the artist, to discover the original intentions behind the artwork, the colors, the shapes and characters. We will turn the pages together, and the conversational artist commentary can deepen your Silent Story experience.
♥ PRIVATE EXPERIENCE, $44
- an autographed gorgeous quality hard copy book of A Silent Story ONLY
►Find and validate YOUR journey within the pages of A Silent Story. Follow along with The Seeker and use YOUR words to design the meaning behind the artwork. This book is wordless because each experience is unique and worthy.
♥ GUIDED EXPERIENCE, $12
- the downloadable Audio Visual guided book video ONLY, emailed link (Download a sample)
►Enjoy a guided visual and audio journey with the artist to discover the original intentions behind the artwork, the colors, the shapes and characters. You’ll see the book artwork on the screen and hear the intended messages as the artist turns the pages.
♥ GIFT-FULL EXPERIENCE, $63 (a $75 value) ~ while supplies last
- an autographed gorgeous quality hard copy book of A Silent Story ONLY
- a set of 6 heartfelt greeting cards in box with envelopes ($16 value)
- a limited edition collectible enamel pin of The Seeker & New Friend ($15 value)
►Find and validate YOUR journey within the pages of A Silent Story.
►Have beautiful and meaningful gifts to keep or share, mementos of your journey with The Seeker.
- a non-signed gorgeous-quality hard copy book of A Silent Story, with slight wear and no additional gifts in the package, $36
A Silent Story is a heartfelt & art-filled graphic novel that walks us through the loss & loneliness at the end of a relationship. With over 90 pages of emotional art, and a vulnerable & relatable character, the pages of A Silent Story bring us out of the dark, where we emerge with renewed hope & contentment.
"You don't read this book, you experience it fully.
I cannot count the number of times I have wept over the beautiful paintings portraying The Seeker's journey through heartbreak and hope. Through intense and deeply intentional artistry, Katie's Seeker carries us through too-familiar and vulnerable territory to a place where our hearts can begin to rejoice again. A Silent Story is heart wrenching, healing, and hugely purposeful in a world where so many of us wear the scars of a broken relationship and need this validation that we are not alone. Thank you so much Katie for what you have done here, your paintings strum the heartstrings and give new life to The Seeker in all of us. The book is truly gorgeous, the quality is absolutely lovely and it is the perfect size to revel in the artwork." ~ Dana Pecoraro
"I have gazed through the pages of A Silent Story many times, each time finding new symbolism, like a treasure hunt! My favorite page is The Seeker crying into a pillow with the moon. It is full of emotional freedom to pass through the depths of sorrow ❤️ I love it all! You've represented yourself and all women very beautifully!" ~ Julie Bird, author of I Love You When You're Stinky
USA BUYERS: A Silent Story ships via USA Media Mail which allows for a smaller shipping cost for you. You may also choose to upgrade to PRIORITY *** International orders ship via First Class Mail.
A Silent Story is a zoomed-back view of how the unexpected ending of a relationship can cause confusion, shame and hurt. Through vulnerable and relatable character artwork, A Silent Story takes its character from a state of joy, through loss and pain resulting from a break-up... ending with renewed hope, happiness, companionship and contentment.
"A unique and beautiful portrayal of emotions.
From the first page of the book, the wordless story takes off to allow for personal interpretation of the seekers journey, who is there, like a friend, throughout the book. The situations and emotions are displayed showing vulnerability, raw emotions and healing. As an avid collector of Katie's paintings, I was not disappointed in the beautiful artwork bursting on every page." ~ Chelsea Jurica
Here is an example of the transformation we witness, from heartbreak to hope, in the A Silent Story book.
This silent visual narrative of happiness and heartache has reached collectors’ hearts, and is told through colorful and emotional paintings of a vulnerable subject named The Seeker. The Seeker was first created in 2007 by Katie m. Berggren, see the evolution of The Seeker here.
The Seeker has long legs to stand tall, but also to fold in on themselves; a long body that can arch in triumph, stretch with joy, or double-over from grief.
Over the process of sharing The Seeker with my community, I've been blown-away by the number of people who have felt her, recognized her and wrote to tell me about how The Seeker made them feel:
"I am so drawn towards The Seeker. I feel her emotions so deeply, she is very real and very honest - in her true feelings and vulnerability. Sometimes it's difficult to describe what pain really feels like - the mental type, especially for those of us who feel it very deeply. When I look at her, I know that I am not alone, I know that there are other people that feel life, love, pain and happiness as deeply as I do." ~ M.O.
“This is a beautiful gift you have created for women, that subtle nod/appreciation of the journey we go on... It is an empathetic, compassionate, creative all-knowing interpretation of motherhood. My interpretation of what you were conveying might not be 100% accurate. But it caused me to literally ball my eyes out crying at work, because it touched my heart and gave me goosebumps.” ~ A.O.
“I experienced a whole wide range of emotions looking at each of the paintings and being reminded how many similar experiences we all share throughout life, where the details may differ, but the bigger picture is so similar for so many of us. And it helps to not feel so alone.” ~ M.P.
About Katie m. Berggren:
Katie has been an award-winning and self-represented artist for over 18 years and has collectors in over 70 states & countries. Cited as the #1 Motherhood Artist in America, she has a growing collector-base, a 12-year-mature weekly blog and has sold over 1600 original paintings on canvas, wood and paper.
Katie's first 4 books were self-published by the authors, while she was the illustrator, and for 2, the book designer as well. Carry You With Me, published in 2017, has sold over 3000 copies, with incredible reviews for the words and illustrations. I Love You When You're Stinky was published in 2022. The Healing You Can Do, a well-loved story book for hope and empowerment, was published in 2019, and Mama's Milkies was Katie's first illustrated published book.
A Silent Story of Heartbreak & Hope is Katie's 8th and first solo story book.
3 additional books are in the publication process, including the SECOND BOOK in the A Silent Story Series. Keep up to date on this upcoming second book in the Private Facebook Group.
"It's a real treasure!
First about the physical book: the paper quality, print quality, the colors, the size! It's all perfect!!! And the main part, the storyline! It has no words, but it tells you so many stories. Each page will walk you through emotions, feelings and a story of your own, not only the author’s. Depending on your mood, you will see something that will find reflection within your soul!" ~ Anna Bohuslavska
A Note From Katie:
The Silent Story project is ALWAYS on my mind, I see my Seeker everywhere and in everyone. She is the core heart and spirit of us, the emotional and vulnerable being that is not hidden by our hairstyles, body flub, clothing choices, make-up and accessories.
Join me in the free private KmBerggren Facebook Community to see behind the scenes details, process images and first notice of upcoming opportunities. PLUS! A Silent Story book TWO is in process, and sneak-peeks of art are shown in the group.
Enraptured by this project for almost 3 years, I certainly felt Resistance try to kick my butt many times. The emotions have run the spectrum. Imposter Syndrome has been at-the-ready. The fear that I will fail, the fear that this will all succeed... equally terrifying.
But we succeeded. And I say WE because 100s of people have stepped up in a variety of ways:
Friends whose kindness turned my chin up at the beginning.
Loved ones who listened and shared and made my story feel worthy.
Collectors who shared their excitement over this idea, shared their stories and their heartache.
Backers who generously supported the Kickstarter.
Bidders who bid on and won the Silent Story art dolls created by Dana of The Midnight Orange.
A Silent Story book is a sandbox for your heart to witness relatable feelings. A place for you to empathize and feel seen. A safe journey through art, to validate YOUR real life journey.
THANK YOU for being here ♥
►Find art prints from Silent Story book artwork
►Choose Limited Edition Enamel Pins of The Seeker & New Friend
►Contact Katie to purchase original art