Missed Connections

December 17, 2012


By Koseli.

You know what makes me smile? The Missed Connections section of Craigslist. Have you heard of it? Hopeful or hopeless, they’re a vicarious What if? that is endlessly fascinating. Sophie Blackall, a Brooklyn-based illustrator, took these sometimes “romantic, rude, or bizarre digital message-in-a-bottle notes” and turned them into art.

Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found is a collection of illustrated love stories. In this NPR radio interview about her book, Sophie talks about being contacted by the man who posted: ”We shared a bear suit at an apartment party”— the man she drew in the bear suit above. Isn’t that crazy?

P.S. — If you’ve been on the subway in New York City recently, you may have also seen Blackall’s portrait posters inside the cars.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carter Higgins December 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love her work. Especially these. Shows how connected we all are. (She’s also the illustrator of the IVY + BEAN chapter book series which I adore!)


2 Koseli Cummings December 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I love Ivy + Bean too, Carter. She is so great.


3 Amy Hackworth December 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Deeeeelightful. This is such a wonderful idea. What a great book!


4 kage December 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I ADORE her subway art. This post reminds me of a song I sing at auditions: The people that you never get to love:


5 Koseli Cummings December 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Oh, thank you so much for sharing!


6 Sara @ What About Sara December 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

So fascinating!


7 Signs ft lauderdale December 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Wonderful design,so fanshi……;) I think will be my carrier her.


8 Miranda December 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Ah, I thought the illustration looked familiar! I just spent two days admiring the darling and clever subway illustration. Very cool indeed.


9 Koseli Cummings December 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Yes. I don’t know why there isn’t more artwork commissioned for the subways since we’re all so desperate for something to stare at to avoid other’s gazes. :)


10 Béa December 18, 2012 at 12:37 am

so cute.
just in case this might help someone in France; french version of the missed connections is called dislelui[dot]com.


11 Koseli Cummings December 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Thank you for sharing!


12 Erin December 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

Absolutely fell in love with Sophie Blackall and couldn’t resist buying a print of her’s on Etsy for my daughter’s room. Thank you for continuing to change the course of my day with the introduction of positive, creative moments through your blog.


13 Jessica M December 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

love this piece. I had a coworker write one to me as a way to ask me out. it was odd and funny..


14 Koseli Cummings December 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

That’s hilarious. I’m so curious to know how that date went….


15 Miss Lindsey D December 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

I am so in love with art that starts out with a really clever idea. This is fantastic! Inspiration truly is everywhere


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