Sophie Blackall Books and Prints

by Kate on October 13, 2020

Whoa. I just spent the last 30 minutes adoring Sophie Blackall’s book Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found on You know the ‘look inside’ button? Well I perused just like I was in a bookstore. Amazon - you are diabolical.

But it worked! Now I’m agog over this book. It’s a compilation of chosen Craigslist personal ads that she has interpreted in her lovely, honest style. Makes me want to hang one of these somewhere. I don’t know where or which one I’d pick.

Here’s a lovely one:

Ack! ‘Round 7pm or so… I was browsing the shelves and saw you on the other side. I swear I glimpsed our entire future together in that brief moment. It was beautiful. And then someone asked you for the time. I mean c’mon, who doesn’t have a damn time-telling device of some sort these days!
Oh, if only I’d thought of that.

The book would be a great present for that hard-to-buy-for friend, especially if he or she dreamed about or used to live in New York. Not that that is a requirement or anything but having lived in NYC at one point in my life, it’s so great to reminisce about riding the subway and inventing personal stories for the other riders.

I’m thinking about buying one at her Etsy shop! Maybe, when we get back to the U.S. I’ll treat myself to one and hang it in our bathroom, where I hang some of our best artworks. Seriously.

I know it sounds weird, but I learned that from my mom. She hands cool conversation works of art in the highest traffic room in the house. Think about it. Almost every visitor in the house eventually goes in there, and often there is no place to lay your eyes or occupy your mind other than your ‘business’ right?

In more lofty thoughts, Sophie Blackwell has also illustrated many many children’s books, so if you’re not into the personals, you can still see her lovely work.

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Living The Scream October 13, 2020 at 6:51 am

I love the concept of her art. So clever and fun. I will have to check it out. I love childrens books so I will check out that as well. Thanks! :)

Ruby T. October 13, 2020 at 7:57 am

So fascinating! I clicked your link and browsed a few entries and I think it is very cool! Her illustrations are lovely and using the personals with personality is a dynamic fit. Love it.

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