While she was at a party, an idea clicked in the mind of Amber Sellers. As she observed people making food art, she realized that she wanted to make her own food art as well. Not only was Amber ambitious enough to tackle this artwork, she also decided that it was time to combine it with one of her life’s goals: writing a book.
Her self-published book “A Different Alphabet All ‘Bout Choices…How to Explore Youth Differences” started out as a “personal therapy project”. However, it later became an inspirational project geared toward helping young people with learning differences.
“It’s easier to express my emotions in real life because I can ‘sculpt them’”, Sellers said. “I like that the book helps people who read it in the same way”.
Sellers, 31, was born in Berkeley, California. While she was in middle school, she realized that she learned at a different pace than most people. She was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) as well as other learning differences. For Sellers, it’s important for her to have a routine of reprogramming her brain to do things that she knows are positive and healthy.
During the writing process, Sellers said that she was able to turn those feelings into something fun and creative. As a student at CIP Berkshire Center in Lee, Massachusetts, she learned skills that would benefit her while creating the book.
“I now know how to express my emotions and feelings to other people,” Sellers said. “I learned how to communicate with my roommates and get along with them.”
It took Sellers about a week to make all of the food art. She has a photo studio in her basement and captured the food art there. She credits her father as the person that taught her how to take photos.
In her book, Sellers uses adjectives such as jealous, frustrated, isolated, and kind. Her personal favorite sculpture from the book is “Resentment”. “It could be an eggplant or a turnip”, she said. “It looks mad. I think I did an excellent job of representing resentment”.
Although she enjoyed creating this book and takes much pride in her accomplishment, Sellers has no current plans of writing another one.
About Amber Sellers
Since graduating from CIP Berkshire in 2008, Amber Sellers lived independently in Pittsfield, MA while finishing her classes at Berkshire Community College. She then went on to obtain her A.A. degree from Monterey Peninsula College in California. When she returned to her home state of Maine, she worked in food services for both the Sea Dogs, a Boston Red Sox affiliate team, and the Red Claws, an NBA development team. During that time, she wrote “A Different Alphabet: All ‘Bout Choices… How to Explore Youth Differences”. She self-published the book and it’s available for purchase on Lulu.com.