When Meg Lemieur was just 12 years old, she was plagued with horrific, blood-curdling nightmares.
suggested writing them down to better understand what was happening in
them," she explains, while sitting in a Kensington cafe. "Just allowing
myself to contemplate what was happening on the subconscious level
helped me work on how I was feeling about my real life."
proved habit-forming; Lemieur now has piles of notebooks describing
hundreds of somnolent adventures. Her new self-published book of
illustrations, "And Then I Woke Up," explores six of her most vivid
R.E.M. narratives. In addition to the finished product, Friday's book
release will feature her early in-progress sketches, detailing the
months of trial and error involved with getting her dreams down on
"In college I thought I wanted to illustrate fables, but at
some point I realized that within my dreams I had my own original
stories that are interesting in their own right," says Lemieur. "I chose
these six particular dreams because they helped shape the way I viewed
my life. So they're my own personal fables in a way, because they all
have a pretty instructive moral at their core."
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During the past six
years, Lemieur has worked professionally as an illustrator and graphic
designer, creating everything from velvet coloring posters to paper doll
sets. But "And Then I Woke Up" has been a labor of love -- a chance to
blend her professional skills with her philosophical passions.
book comes with a blank section for readers to try their hand at
"Recording your dreams can definitely be
fruitful. You can interact with yourself as if you're your own muse --
illustrating things that are a part of you, but not something you
conjured up in your conscious thoughts," she says. "It's an opportunity
to take a completely different perspective on yourself."
If you go
Stop by the “And Then I Woke Up” book release party on Friday, 7-8:30 p.m., at F&N Gallery (2007 Frankford Ave.)
“And Then I Woke Up” is available now at www.paper stampede.com.