Missed Connections

December 17, 2012

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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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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!)

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

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

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

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

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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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTdqxQwpVI0

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

Oh, thank you so much for sharing!

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

So fascinating!

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

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

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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.

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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. :)

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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.

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

Thank you for sharing!

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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.

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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..

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

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

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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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