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Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor highlights a little girl’s mission to feed, clothe and fellowship with homeless people.


Why Love Thy Neighbor?

You guessed it. Because of Smiley! She taught us because God told us to love our neighbors. Matthew 22:37-39. This interactive children’s book allows children to follow in Smiley’s and her family’s footsteps in loving on our neighbors. Additionally, children can color, answer questions, participate in positive word searches and so much more!

Loraine Byrd Fields-Latham

In Loving Memory of Loraine Byrd Fields-Latham, affectionately known as Smiley.



The Illustrator

Jodi Faber is a Philadelphia based multidisciplinary artist with a background in illustration and sculpture. Jodi graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2017 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies. Her work has been exhibited locally and abroad in Philadelphia, St. Michaels, Tenerife, and Rome. Her work is inspired by toys, comics, interpersonal relationships, feminine experiences, the surreal, nature, and community. She strives to create a sense of child-like exploration with her work through whimsical lines and bright appealing colors.


Jodi’s Artist Statement: 

As children we make sense of our world through sensory exploration, eventually familiarity with our surroundings turns our raptured attention into indifference. My art strives to rekindle the excitement of discovery through interaction and play. I take inspiration from toy design, and try to find ways to create an emphatic desire to reach out and touch with my sculptures. In my illustrations, I love playing with dimensions and weaving different forms in and out of each other. I like the idea of my illustrations functioning as almost a visual maze for the viewer to follow and make sense of the entangled shapes. Ultimately my goal for my art is to create pieces that feel approachable and appealing to those both familiar and unfamiliar with art culture and promote creative exploration. I hope that with my work people can find a moment away from the anxiety of daily thoughts and responsibilities and just enjoy the experience of interacting with what is in front of them.

Brings reality to life with a beautiful heartfelt meaning.

Relates to real everyday individuals.

Tinia Okoro

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