Reflections on Disability Representation in Young Adult Literature Laura Carroll and Sarah Casteel
While we considered several media for visualizing the data set; however, we felt that a wind chime would allow us to present the data in multiple ways. With a wind chime, we could use sound, touch, and sight to examine ableism in Young Adult literature.
Sarah had an old mirror with which she could create pendants to hang from the windchime. The mirror pieces represent language used in the YA novels. We felt that the mirror pieces would allow us to further examine Rudine Sims Bishop’s ideas of literature as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors.
Laura created two sketches of potential wind chimes; we ultimately decided to create one wind chime to represent the five books.
While prototyping our design, we encountered several problems that led us to change the direction of our final product.
Initially, we planned to use the size of the mirror pieces to indicate the frequency in which ableist terms were used in each book; however, the mirror pieces were too large to fit on the wind chime.
Additionally, Sarah’s mirror pieces were too heavy to hang from the wind chime using fishing wire, so she purchased smaller, lighter mirror pieces.
Lastly, we planned to etch ableist terms into the mirror pieces using a Dremel, but ultimately decided to stamp terms using black ink, which reflects the printed language in each book.
We began with a windchime frame, to which we added clay beads. The beads functioned as weights and allowed us to emphasize the weight that words carry. Laura constructed the base wind chime frame, including the dowel rod, hook, and center chime. She also created the beads from several different colors of clay, which she had on hand.