Personal/Academic Website is HERE!




Dear Friends, Family, and Zero-Waste/Waste-Free Communities,

After much guilt from colleagues I have finally made a simple academic website. I am sharing it with my waste-free and zero-trash networks in hopes that you’ll help me get it to the top of my google search! Right now it is buried somewhere in the depths of all things Stephanie, Sparling, and/or Williams.



Please click this link to check out my newly developed website (still under construction):

Stephanie Sparling Williams 

Excited to hear your thoughts!

More soon,

Waste-Free PhD


Art is Good Medicine


Those who know me well, know that I make art as a coping mechanism. I always have. These last few days/months/years have been traumatic for Black Americans, to say the very least, and even more so for Black women. Many of us suffer from deep depression, anger, and often, overwhelming feelings hopelessness. These feelings and their violent effects on our bodies block creativity, hinder productivity, and crush any will to get up in the morning (let alone make any renewed attempts to live). Can we just live?

As I’m tasked with completing a dissertation, an extremely isolating pursuit, lack of motivation and fear of failure plague me everyday regardless of what is going on out in the world or in the media. But it is these recent events’ particularly uncanny ability to debilitate and silence even some of our most vocal, our most brilliant, and our most passionate minds is what haunts me most. We are so tired. Before I too am completely silenced (spent), before I can no longer get up each morning to put fingers to keyboard, I try to create something out of this weight on my chest. So I can breathe. Art is the best medicine. So while I did not complete my current chapter draft last week, I did do this: I woke up. I got out of bed. Sometimes, I need to let that be enough.


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Summer Time Feeling

The coldness has been fierce this winter. And although I have not experienced any bitter chill here in Southern California… I know a lot of my midwest/east coast friends and family have been suffering! In this post I wanted to acknowledge your pain and send some summer heat your way.

This past year, as followers know, has been a time for digging in the archives. This semester I entered into my graduate exam season, and all of the reading and stressing has had me desperate for creative outlets that will not take too much time away from studying. Revisiting old film and rethinking previous art projects has been the perfect middle ground for getting my creative fix while also being realistic about taking on new work.

These images are part of a photo shoot the amazing photographer/model Brittany Vrana and I collaborated on. Braving the Kansas City heat of summer 2010, she and I shot in triple digit temps and some serious humidity. In the future I may post more images from this shoot. We shall see. But for now, I give you the lovely Brittany Vrana and some summer time heat in the midst of winter 2014.


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Model: Brittany Vrana

Photographer: Stephanie Sparling Williams



Labor of Love 2010

Throwback to a college photo book project with these beauties. Spring 2010.






*Some images are missing from the collection due to the lack of formal permissions from some of the participants. If you would like to be featured on this blog or would like your images to be removed from this post, please just communicate that with me and I would be happy to make the adjustments!*