Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Missed Opportunity

Have you ever perused this section in personal ads? Somebody has a moment's connection with someone else but then never gets their name or number.


Brooklyn-Australian artist Sophie Blackall has a Missed Connections project on Etsy. It is an ongoing series of paintings based on real, anonymous messages posted online by lovelorn strangers. She has also illustrated over 15 children' books.


This one says: You had a guitar. I had a blue hat. We exchanged glances and smiles on the subway platform. I pretended to read my New Yorker but I couldn't concentrate. You got on the Q and I stayed on to wait for the B. You were lovely.



Or this one: You left you're coat here last winter. Or rather, you let me wear it home. I found Fun Dip in one pocket and your NYLP card in the other. It's going to keep me deliciously warm this winter as I rack up mountain of overdue fines.


How cool are these, for $40?

Fodder for good fiction, I say.

Check her out yourself on Etsy.

22 comments:

Christy said...

I just discovered her shop recently too - so cool. And I love reading that section of the paper!

Stephanie Faris said...

There's an entire section on Craigslist devoted to these. It's a great idea...and what a great idea for artwork. She's brilliant!

Maddy said...

I love reading the missed connections on Craiglist. It's so romantic. The thought that someone would leave enough of a impression on you that you would try to reach out to them in cyberspace. I smell a romantic comedy in the works :o)

Lisa and Laura said...

Oh these are just gorgeous! And yes, story ideas abound!

SO great meeting you in person last night Christina! I'm still feeling inspired! We'll have to meet do it again soon!

allycupe said...

Thanks for coming by my blog on my SITS day and commenting, I really appreciate all the comment love!

MissNeira said...

That is so cute, I always thought they were so creepy, but she makes them so romantic (you can see im not a romantic haha)

Savvy Gal said...

these are really cute.

The Budget Babe said...

beautiful artwork!

All Women Stalker said...

What an awesome idea! This is the sort of art thesis ideas some art students I know should explore :)

Dina's Days said...

I check that blog all the time. I just love them..sometimes they give me the chills, so sad but adorable.

Pink Martini said...

Hi from SITS and congratulations. How nice of you to host a give-away for your visitors. Well, I love pearls as my blog name dictates. :) I always thought it would be fun to write a newspaper column. :)

Anusha said...

I read these all the time! I always found them to be really sad, though. And I wonder how many people actually found the ones they were looking for.

Coniqua said...

I've never read that section of the paper but it does seem like interesting inspiration for art.

Happy SITS Day

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

you are an amazing artist!, jumped by sits, Have a beautiful day!

Mommy Taylor said...

What a cute idea for artwork! Love it.

K a b l o o e y said...

Love them,and now off to Etsy to check her shop and yours out.

The Bormann Family said...

Stopping by from SITS.

Erin said...

Thanks for letting us know about this artist - love the concept and the illustrations.
Enjoy your SITS day! :)

Luschka said...

Oh! I love when people use novel ideas to make a living. I wish I could come up with such an idea. It's great.

gina said...

This is such a cool idea! Although, I must admit I dread taking a peek because my husband had one of his customer's right one about him a few years back on Craig's List. We were horrified. He doesn't wear his ring when he work becuase he cuts and crries thousand lb. boilers and such out of buildings and homes' basements-- he could lose a finger!

MissNeira said...

p.s you got an award on my blog!

http://missneira.blogspot.com/2010/01/yay-for-awards.html

Lourie said...

Well I don't take the paper, and look at what I am missing. That is cool.