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Creating stories of encouragement and friendship

through illustration and the written word.

About Art & Word Collaborative

Inspirational Reading and Entertainment
for the Whole Family

Founded by creative partners, Kate Triantafelow (ART) and Melissa Barber (WORD),
Art & Word Collaborative focuses on the creation of stories and products
for audiences of the following three categories:

Our Services
Image by Kamila Maciejewska

We believe in the art and craft of storytelling. Engaging characters and stories will encourage and uplift young readers and their families. Life lessons are shared about confidence, respect, family dynamics and being a true friend, to name a few. And with a healthy amount of play and fun in our print, digital and audio books, our characters will become your lifelong friends.


We embrace the joy found in family time. Whether playing an interactive game, reading a story, listening to music, watching an animated series or creating your own games with toy versions of our characters, Art & Word Collaborative seeks to create videos, merchandise and mobile apps that will provide a source of family fun, learning and laughter.



We know that words and art can provide encouragement. Faith, hope and love are shared through inspirational and introspective daily reflections, books and stories. Here, readers will find a source of consolation as well as ideas and scripture verses to aid them in life’s journey. 


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Creating stories of encouragement and friendship

through illustration and the written word.

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